The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: July 2011

July 31, 2011

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Croatian Bespoke Shoes — Strugar

In the past, one may have never known all of the possibilities he/she may have had when it came to the world of bespoke shoemaking, but thanks to the internet, this all over. Even me, I must admit, would have never thought about going to learn bespoke shoemaking in Croatia, Poland, Hungary or any other country outside of England, France, Italy and Japan, before my entrance into the world bespoke shoes. I guess being in […]

July 29, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Alden Collaborations

While I have lots to write about for my trip to Paris, it needs to be organized and the posts are going to be longer ones, so bear with me on these things. For the meantime, I wanted to talk about Alden and how they seem to be such busy bees with their collaborations with other brands. As I have stated in many earlier posts, I believe that this idea of collaborating is the way […]

July 27, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Customer’s Shoes

While I feel like it has been forever since I have written, really it has only been almost exactly 48 hours, which is not that long, in fact, to go without a post, especially considering that I am currently in Paris….yup, Paris! Taking a short trip, seeing the sights and doing a couple of things here and there, that you will see and hear about in the not-so-distant future. But as always, I have to […]

July 25, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style Names & Terminology — Derby’s, Monk Straps & Others

With the second installment of ‘Style Names & Terminology,’ I will finish off laced shoes and monkstraps, before getting onto loafers and boots. As I mentioned the majority of oxford styles (or closed-lacing shoes) in Part 1, it is now time to introduce their counterparts and show the open-lacing models, as well as some of the other styles that I forgot. Enjoy! Derby (Darby in England) AKA Blucher AKA Gibson (far less known):† As you […]

July 23, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Carreducker

I just realized that a plain toed shoe, whether it be a wholecut, a saddle shoe, or a model like this with just a facing, is by far my favorite type of shoe, so long that it has a nice shape. Something about the plain canvas of the vamp and toe area, just draws me in and screams elegance. So when I first saw this new bespoke model, a collaboration between Gieves & Hawkes and […]

July 22, 2011

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July 22, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Anthony Delos

When you look at and appreciate pieces of art, such as these boots, it comes as no surprise that Anthony Delos has just recently won ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’, which translates to ‘Best Artisan in France.’ The guy is simply a shoemaking genius! There are not enough of adjectives to describe the beauty and elegance of this boot. From ever little single detail of what looks like hand-stitched button holes, to the piped borders of […]

July 20, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Allen Edmonds Randoms

I have always appreciated Allen Edmonds. While many of their styles, could be considered on the ‘old-manish’ side of the design spectrum, they still do make many cool and wearable shoes, such as the one’s posted here. But one thing that you start to notice, when you handle many bespoke or higher-end shoes, such as John Lobb or G&G, is that the leather quality and construction are not the only things that separate the price-points. […]

July 18, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style Names & Terminology — Oxfords

To get back to a little bit of education, I have decided to write my ‘Monday long posts’, on everything and anything referring to shoes, that being, the ‘technical stuff’ and giving a break to the aesthetic fluff that I usually put up. I first started with the different shoe constructions and am now moving on to the different style names and terminologies. As there is much to write, I will start with oxfords and […]

July 17, 2011

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Ugly Shoes — Seriously?

I seriously wonder what goes through the minds of certain designers when they are creating shoes like these? Even more so, how stores/online shops think to buy them, assuming that they are going to sell. And on top of that, the people that actually do spend money on these things? It really makes you understand, just how different people’s tastes can be. I mean, while some of you may hate my teal blue shoes, on […]