The Shoe Snob Blog

October 19, 2020

Creative Loafer Design by Francis Waplinger

I have always loved the look of the Belgian style loafer design, but was never a huge fan of their traditional sole that was essentially built as a house slipper. Being a big loafer fan, in general, I was always waiting for someone to make that more mainstream in terms of a solid, dress shoe style that could be worn more ‘practically.’  And while I think that there have been a few brands that have […]

October 16, 2020

Shoe Review: TLB Mallorca ‘Artista’

For those that do not know, TLB Mallorca is one of the newer brands hailing from Spain but unlike the countless ones made by other factories, TLB is actually its own brand and factory. Started by Antonio Barceló, whose upbringing in the shoe industry started at a young age but blossomed as one of the owners of Yanko (another one of the great brands of Mallorca), before deciding to have a run at his very […]

October 15, 2020

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My Daily Wear’s

Always with the despire to inspire here I present some combinations that I have put together in the last few months. Some things to note: 1. My trousers always look shorter in photo than in real life. But I do like showing a bit of sock and as I wear my trousers/jeans tapered, they hike up a little. The best length, for me, is for your trouser to just kiss your shoes that way none […]

October 13, 2020

New Shoes on the Marketplace – Oct. 2020

There a lot of new shoes on The Marketplace since I last posted about this. In fact, shoes are going up regularly and it is hard to keep up with them all. As usual, I like to highlight some of the ones that catch my eye. Here is a small representation of some of the cool ones available, at great prices at that. The highlighted Allen Edmonds is pretty close to new for only over […]

October 12, 2020

How to Style Button Boots – Casually

  In the modern-day, it is not a rule that button boots have to be worn with a suit. Sure, in the Victorian and Edwardian times, they did not wear chinos, jeans, and the like but instead wore them with proper trousers, suits, and their garb of the era. But times have clearly changed since then. So have ideas on style, on ‘the rules’, and what is seen as acceptable versus not-acceptable. There is nothing like […]

October 9, 2020

Video Series – Rant – What is a Handmade Shoe?

   In order to further my content, I will be doing more videos as what it takes me to say in 15 mins would take me 4 hours to write and unfortunately, I no longer have the luxury of 4 hours to spare on the blog, like I once did. I hope that you enjoy this new style of content and please do stay tuned as I bring you more and more videos breaking […]

October 7, 2020

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Carmina Custom Weekend – NO MTO FEES!

Carmina’s “Custom Weekend” started today and what that means is that you can customize your Carmina shoes at the price of RTW. There are no MTO fees from today until the 12th. So now is your chance to start creating unique pieces that you have had on your mind. Carmina has started offering this twice a year and it is great to see what people come up with. Shown here is just a fraction of […]

October 5, 2020

Hancore x J.FitzPatrick – Patina Project 2020

Welcome to the Patina Project 2020. A collaboration between Greg Park, aka Hancore, a patina artist hailing out of NYC, and J.FitzPatrick Footwear, a footwear brand originated in London now hailing out of NYC as well. You can read more about this permanent collaboration here: https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/pages/patina-service They have recently teamed up to create a more RTW style patina project offering, with 4 models available and several color options to choose from. The Stock is in […]

October 2, 2020

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Barbanera New Models for A/W2020

Barbanera has some cool new shoes/boots for A/W2020 that have just launched on their site and are now available for purchase and shipment. I am always fascinated to see what the unique makers of the industry come up with each season and while Barbanera might be most know for their suede loafers and cowboy boots, I have always been fond of their take on classic derby boot, their Kerouac model. This season they make it […]

September 30, 2020

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Yeossal Launches GMTO

Singaporean menswear atelier, Yeossal, has recently introduced their new ‘Collection Group Order,’ which is essentially a GMTO of sorts on their Handwelted Boot Range. This might not seem like news to you, but what is different to other GMTO’s is that you do not have to order the boot exactly as shown. This is just the example of the model that is available, but once you get into the product’s page you can start to […]