The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: July 2012

July 31, 2012

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Yohei Fukada – The Next Legend…..

I find it absolutely amazing how many Japanese shoemakers today, were once just a person with a dream of starting their own bespoke shoe shop. None of them just become so by chance. They all created their future with a goal to become one, a determination to study under the best and the perseverance to learn as much as they could, all the while perfecting their skill. And the fact that there are so many […]

July 29, 2012

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A Tribute To Stefano Bemer

While I normally reserve Sunday for family day, as I am sure that many of you do too, I couldn’t help but feel compelled to write something today, a day that represents a truly sad time in the shoe world. For those of you whom do not know, Mr. Stefano Bemer, a great shoemaker and artist, passed away yesterday. While this may come as a complete surprise to many of you, I shall make you […]

July 27, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Aubercy Tassel Loafers

Picture Courtesy Of: So Black Tie Time and time again, I am constantly impressed by what the French shoemaking firms are coming up with. Never do they really cease to amaze me and frequently are they trying to step outside of the box and create something that while may have been done before, has a twist to it. Being that red on black (as an accent color) is my staple combination (think my bespoke saddle […]

July 26, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – E.G. Cappelli Tie

For those that don’t know, I am almost as much as a tie addict as I am a shoe addict. I don’t have an official count to how many I actually own, but it must be upwards of about 60. And yet I just can’t seem to stop buying them. It’s bad, I know….I even go for the £5ers at the Tie Rack (which to me, are just as nice as some of my Gieves […]

July 25, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – George Cleverley Bespoke

Picture Courtesy of: Leather Soul This is shoe porn at it’s finest. To be able to see so many different people’s idea of what to go for when going bespoke is simply brilliant. I wish that I was a friend of every bespoke shoemaker in the world so that they would all send me pictures of each completed shoe that they create for all of their clients. Imagine the range of diversity that it would […]

July 24, 2012

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Riccardo Bestetti RTW Line: Update

Dear Readers, A few months ago, I showed you a preview of things to come from Mr. Riccardo Bestetti’s Ready To Wear line. Well, today I have a bit more to show and tell you. Below you will see a series of photos. The first 8 will indicate the last shapes that are currently available (2 – one square and one pointy) as well as some of the models. The next 10+ will show you […]

July 23, 2012

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Gaining Inspiration For Shoe Design

As most of you may know I just recently came back from Spain, of which the factory that is making my shoes is located, specifically in the town of Almansa, where there are rumored to be between 30-50 factories (depending on who you ask) making footwear. Think of it as the Spanish equivalent to Northampton, where mostly everything relating to shoes is present within one little town. This means however, that as I was brought […]

July 22, 2012

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EG Sale in London – Last Day…..

So after work yesterday I finally got my chance to head over to the Edward Green pop up sale to see if there was anything that I could not live without. Just so happens that there was…..more than one, but only one being affordable for my bankroll at the current moment….They also had these in the midnight blue color in a UK7.5, a half size too big for me! Anyway, I have read a bit […]

July 20, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – John Lobb Paris Bespoke

I have always been curious as to the making of a John Lobb Paris bespoke shoe and just recently my curiosity managed to get fulfilled as a customer just so happened to have a pair that he wanted shined. A lovely pair at that, so needless to say, I was quite excited to shine them up and see how they would turn up. The leather was superb, the making was flawless and as you would […]

July 19, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Carmina Double Monks

Dear All, I have come back from Spain, to be completely snowed in with work, emails and disappointment from external factors within one aspect of my business. Therefore, due to the overwhelming amount of bombardment, I will be keeping this short. On a positive note, my time in Spain was very good and productive. I have finalized everything, including every color way that each model will come in. Hopefully these samples will all be done […]