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Yearly Archive: 2013

December 30, 2013

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G&G Bespoke Round 2 – The Trial Fit

Some of you may remember that about 5 months ago I went in for my first fitting for my upcoming bespoke boots commissioned through Gaziano & Girling. (for those of you that missed this, see post HERE). A few weeks ago, I was contacted by my good friend Daniel Wegan (master shoemaker for G&G) to have my first trial fit for my new boots. As you can imagine I was quite excited. Now some of […]

December 26, 2013

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An Alternative Co-Respondent (Spectator) by Antonio Pio Mele

  I do love a two tone shoe, that’s no secret. I do also love a traditional co-respondent (spectator) as well. The problem is that too often the co-respondent is the version that everyone goes for when thinking of a proper two toned shoe. But what about the person that wants that feel but not necessarily the traditional 5 piece full brogue or 4 piece adelaide? What do they do? Well, usually it involves going […]

December 23, 2013

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Imitation Full Brogue by Il Quadrifoglio

For many of you that frequent the internet in pursuit of sartorial excellence, this shoe by Il Quadrifoglio (yet another Japanese shoemaker) will not be new to you, as it has already spread through Tumblr like the so-called break out of Swine Flu a few years back. But I wish to revisit it not only for those of you who have not yet seen it, but more so to pay homage to the closer that […]

December 20, 2013

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Bontoni Brilliance in Suede

Sorry my friends, running a bit behind today so not a lot of time to write much but thought that I would share with you these lovely Bontoni suede numbers that are quite appealing to say the least. Do wish that I owned a pair!! Have a lovely weekend to all, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

December 19, 2013

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Hiro Yanagimachi – Yet Another Reason to go to Japan!

There are many reasons to go to Japan: eat top notch sushi, see the cherry blossom trees, visit the old city of Kyoto, drink refreshingly crisp Japanese lager etc. but there is none so great as the idea of visiting what seems to be their never-ending array of shoemakers. I feel like if I did a proper internet search of all of the bespoke shoemakers out there, I would probably come up with around 30-40. […]

December 18, 2013

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The Country Shoe – My Way

I have always liked the idea of a heavy brogue shoe with a thick sole (think classic longwing in pebble/scoth grain by Trickers). That being I liked the look of this ideal model and I liked the idea of it being a stomper that could last you a long time but the only problem is that I never liked the heavy aspect of it. It was a contradiction in itself, but I knew that there […]

December 17, 2013

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Maftei Strikes Again!

  I see a lot of shoes, day in and day out. I have almost become impervious to the appreciation of classically fine footwear as I now see it so often that the novelty of it has lost its effect. But every now and then, I see stunner’s like these bespoke Maftei two-tones, and I nearly lose sense. This is easily one of the most handsome shoes that I have seen in a long time. […]

December 13, 2013

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Massimo Ferrari Review

It seems that every month a new brand pops up and smacks us all in the face with some cool shoes. Well this month it is Massimo Ferrari and I must say that I am quite impressed overall with what they are capable of doing.  As I wrote a few weeks ago, Massimo Ferrari is yet another brand sprouting-up out of East Asia and is set to show once more that Europe is not the […]

December 12, 2013

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More Blue Boots – By Meermin

Blue is going to be the new black, mark my words. Obviously it is not going to replace black in the business setting but I think that we are going to be seeing a lot more of it. I was talking about this to a gentleman the other day about my blue suede oxfords and it was refreshing to meet someone else who actually shared my affinity with the color blue and the thought that […]

December 10, 2013

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Shape is the Key to a Beautiful Shoe

I have come to the conclusion that shape alone is the key to a beautiful shoe. No matter how silly looking everything else might be, an elegant shape will at least command your attention and even if you may not appreciate the upper, you will at least admire the shoe for its shape. You know this when you look at a boring black brogue like this one shown and are blown away by its simplistic […]