The Shoe Snob Blog

Yearly Archive: 2012

December 31, 2012

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Next Year In The Shoe Industry…..

Crockett & Jones – Courtesy of Ethan Desu’s old blog (now Rugged Old Salt) It wasn’t too long ago that Crockett & Jones predominantly focused on private labeling (aka making shoes for other brands) and did not really put as much emphasis into their own brand. Of course they had shops and all, but not nearly as many as they do now. But one day an employee of theirs said, “why don’t we start focusing […]

December 28, 2012

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King Of The Spectator – Barbanera

There is a new Italian shoe company, Barbanera (which means ‘black beard’), that has popped onto the scene (end of 2011) and seems to be making some headway with their lovely rendition of a spectator (co-respondent). Done on a U-cap and in the form of an adelaide, I must say that I find their version to be quite appealing and desirable. According to the owner of the company, they are using mainly goodyear welted construction […]

December 27, 2012

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Miyagi Kogyo – Two Toned Derby Boots

The more that I find new Japanese shoemakers, the more that I feel that there is a whole world of discovery out there, that will only be unearthed through a proper visit to the land of shoes: Japan. This lovely pair of brogued derby boots is made by Miyagi Kogyo, who apparently is a custom (bespoke/MTO) shoemaker that has been making shoes since 1941 (or at least the family name has been around since then). […]

December 26, 2012

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What A Bit Of Polish Can Do…..

After…. Sometimes it truly is amazing what a little bit (or actually a whole lot) of polish can do. More often than not, if your shoe is made of good leather, it can be saved (at least aesthetically) from a point of what might look like rubbish time. There were a few cases recently where I was brought some shoes that to the untrained eye might have not looked salvageable but most definitely were with […]

December 24, 2012

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Gaziano & Girling Are Now Live!!

For those that have not yet seen, Gaziano & Girling have not updated their website, offering an all-in-one package. Now you can find not only their amazing blog, but also access to buying their products online, something that I am sure many of you have been waiting for. It’s a lovely site that gives you a lot more insight into the company, the employees and what’s going on in, i.e. events, trunk shows etc… Do […]

December 21, 2012

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Bespoke Berluti’s…..To Die FOR!

Let’s get this out in the open: Berluti shoes are beautiful. However, I find that their RTW prices are simply not justified for blake-stitched construction. I would much rather go MTO G&G plus trees for £1000. BUT, their goodyear welted bespoke shoes are simply and utterly INCREDIBLE!!!! I finally had the pleasure of handling one not too long ago, and everything about them was phenomenal. The leather was a breeze to shine, the construction and […]

December 20, 2012

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The Shoes Have Eyes – Enrile

Creating a version of a penny loafer that has not been done before, can be quite challenging without making them too abnormal. What I am specifically referring to are the slits that you design that are apart of the strap that crosses the vamp. If you think about it, there are only so many ways that one can design them (the slits) without creating something that looks overly thought out aka not very classic. But […]

December 19, 2012

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It’s Official….Church’s Are A Fashion Label

Just because a shoe company can make a good shoe, does not make them a great company if the majority of the stuff that they are peddling is rubbish. I came across these shoes the other day and I just felt horrified by the vulgarity of them all. They are pure fashion rubbish……all things that people looking to be coolest on the block with the latest fashion trends drowning their entire being while thinking about […]

December 18, 2012

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Landry Lacour – Something Different

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Landry Lacour, a French patina artist, working out of Belgium. He passed by G&H to put a long time web relationship to rest, and thus commence a personal one. He was a very nice gentleman, who obviously loved shoes and what he does to them. He explained to me that more than just adding a patina to a shoe, what he does is like […]

December 17, 2012

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Berwick Shoes — A New Player In The Industry

A few weeks back, I was emailed by a factory in Spain who has their own label called Berwick shoes. They were offering to send me a pair of my choice for review. Now, don’t get me wrong, I won’t review just anything, as one might think. If something does not look to be of decent to high quality, I will respectfully decline the offer. But if something looks good, something that I think many […]