The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: August 2011

August 31, 2011

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Seriously…..? What is high fashion?

The words style and fashion sure do not mix, nor do they have even close to the same meaning, as we shall learn here today. Now, one might bravely call these Christian Louboutin shoes ‘high fashion objects,’ but one would hopefully not venture to wear these and say that they have ‘style.’ Obviously, those who would buy and wear them, will undoubtedly think that they have style, but oh how wrong they will be. I […]

August 29, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style & Terminology — Loafers/Slip On’s

Among the more casual forms of dress shoes within the shoe industry are the lovely non-laced loafer shoes (or slip-on’s). Although the origin of loafers most likely trace back to way before the internet might tell me, the popularity of them came about around the 1930’s, when Norwegian shoemakers were exporting these moccasin like shoes to the rest of Europe. Apparently American tourists took a liking to them and Esquire magazine did a feature on […]

August 26, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Riccardo Bestetti

I constantly get so jealous when I look through the pictures of shoes that Riccardo Bestetti has made. Not only because they are beautiful and I want them all but because his bespoke shoes are the closest thing in style, color, and detailing to what I see lacking in the shoe industry and what I hope to slowly but surely release into the world at non-bespoke prices. For instance, either on the those two whole […]

August 24, 2011

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Heavy Brogue Boots

While I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of heavy country brogue boots,† but I have a reader that is facing a dilemma, in what to buy versus what to spend on a pair of brogue boots. Since, I do not wear them nor know of many makes, I thought that I would do this post finding as many as I could, but also leave it up to all of you for any […]

August 22, 2011

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My 7th Self-Made Bespoke Pair

As many of you may know, I have been away for the last 3 days, making a pair of shoes for myself, hence the long time without posting nor replying to emails (for those that have mailed me, I promise that I will reply). Sorry for that delay in writing, but I had forgotten that the B&B that I stay at does not have wireless internet access, go figure… Anyway, not even sure I would […]

August 19, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Aubercy

To reiterate on my theory of brands that don’t really get thought of when mentioning a certain aspect within the shoe realm (i.e. Bespoke shoes, Italian makers, American shoe companies etc.), one brand that comes to mind is Aubercy. They make some of the nicest shoes I have ever seen but are often masked by the thought of Corthay and Berluti when thinking of French shoemakers. It makes you think that it is companies like […]

August 17, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Foster & Son

When you think of bespoke shoemakers, you tend to get lost in all of the big names: John Lobb, Cleverley, G&G, Koji Suzuki etc. but you rarely will think about smaller, yet extremely credible makers such as Foster & Son, of whom have an incredible history. It’s a shame too, because they have some of the most beautiful shoes that I have ever seen as well as make some of the most elegant last shapes […]

August 15, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style Names & Terminology — Brogues

The term, brogue, is a word that can describe many many styles of shoe within the shoe realm. It is because of this that it is commonly misused and due to this misconception, I wanted to dedicate an entire post on brogues and what they really are. First off, let me start by saying that a brogue can be used to describe any shoe that has perforations in it (little holes). Because it ranges in […]

August 14, 2011

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Aged Burgundy Berluti’s

I don’t think that any color of shoe ages more beautifully than that of burgundy/oxblood/cordovan. The natural patina that a burgundy shoe creates over the years, due to wear & tear, the sunlight, dirt, practically everything really, brings out the most unique coloring effects on the leather. So when a customer brought me these lovely Berluti wholecuts, that looked about 10-15 years old, I knew that I was going to have to share them with […]

August 12, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – George Cleverley

I love to see shoes made in skins that I have never seen before, so when I saw these bespoke George Cleverley loafers, I was stupefied. Not only had I not seen this skin before, I had never even heard of the animal, carpincho that is. If you have never heard of it too, I will let you know that carpinchos just might be the scariest things ever, being that they look like a mix […]