The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: October 2011

October 31, 2011

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Shoes — Part 3: Lasts

The single most important part of the shoe, is the last that it is made on. There are so many factors associated with the last that can tremendously affect the outcome of the final product. The slightest curvature or proportion measurement can make or break the look and feel of the shoe. Yet, many of us don’t think about this. Too much emphasis is placed on the importance of the designer, the person who simply […]

October 28, 2011

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Shoes Of The Year – Bespoke Gaziano & Girling

The beauty about bespoke shoes is that the options to what you want to have made are only limited by your own amount of creativity. And while this shoe might not be the most creative bespoke shoe ever made up, it will certainly, at least in my mind, go down as one of the most beautiful bespoke shoes ever made. Everything about this shoe is lovely from the leather, to the patina, to the medallion […]

October 27, 2011

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What I Am Wearing

One of the funniest things about growing up, is doing things that you always said that you wouldn’t. Obviously, what I am referring to is not something that dire, but it is still hypocritical of me nonetheless and that is the fact that I continuously find myself wearing black shoes with navy trousers. Granted, this was not something that I was so against, but rather preached that navy was always better complimented with brown. Yet, […]

October 26, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – a.Testoni

One thing that you do not see that often, is people wearing red shoes. Granted, the Pope, has done a good job at trying to promote them, but it so far hasn’t seemed to catch on. I guess that I can understand why too. They do make quite a statement. When I wear my red wingtips with white piping, you can believe that there is not a shortage of looks that I receive, whether they […]

October 24, 2011

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My Trip To Laszlo Vass

During my time in Budapest (which in actuality, was a trip for my wife’s birthday), there were two people that I wanted to meet. One was Marcell Mrsan from Koronya and the other was Mr. Laszlo Vass. Now, being that this was not a business trip and was supposed to be dedicated to relaxtion and rejuvention, I knew that I was going to have to make my shoe related events brief. Before going, I emailed […]

October 22, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Gaziano & Girling Kent

The galosh (or balmoral or whatever you want to call it) style of shoe, that has a separation from the top piece (facing extended to heel) and bottom piece (vamp extending to heel) is one of my favorite models simply for the fact that it’s options in leather or material pairings are endless. When creating a pair of shoes that you will release to the public, you have to make sure that you do something […]

October 19, 2011

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Off To Budapest

Just wanted to let you all know that I am off to Budapest tomorrow on a short 4 day holiday. I cannot guarantee anything but I will do my best to get a post or two out. You can be sure that I will be visiting the legendary Laszlo Vass store, with the hopes to snap some pictures and put up a post for all of you. I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend!! -Justin, […]

October 19, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Blog Reader’s Shoes from Septieme Largeur

One of the biggest reasons that I started this blog, was because I have a long term goal to see men wearing better shoes, in the sense that they actually appreciate what they are wearing on their feet. It does not have to be what I like, but it has to be evident that they actually care about what they are wearing. Too many men just don’t care and it shows, and to me it’s […]

October 18, 2011

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What I Am Wearing

This is an older picture, when I was using my sub-par camera, but I wanted to show you a little bit more of how I sport the green shoes, as well as give off my Gordon Gekko, Wall Street look. On that note, there is yet another thing that I have become enamored with since arriving on Savile Row: the braces (suspenders), particularly these cotton one’s that we sell at Gieves & Hawkes. Since working […]

October 17, 2011

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Loafers With Suits

A topic that is always good for discussion, which usually ends up in subjective opposing views, is more likely than not, a topic that is worth revisiting. And while I am pretty sure that I have never brought up this topic before, I believe that there are many opinions about the subject at hand. Since I am currently dressed in the fashion that I am presenting, please allow me to share with all of you, […]