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Monthly Archive: July 2013

July 31, 2013

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Cleverley Tassel Loafers – Could Be Best Ever!!

It truly is amazing to undergo mental change and understand it as it is happening. What I mean by that is the fact that when I used to work for Nordstrom, I used to hate tassel loafers but now I love them. Then again, the selection there was limited to the Cole Haan pinch tassel, some boring Allen Edmonds tassel and maybe one of those old man Santoni’s loafers. That being, there was not much […]

July 29, 2013

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Managing Your Shoe Purchase Expectations

G&G, the perfect shoemaker. When buying these they should be flawless, but that is what you should get for +£700 I recently had a nice cab ride here in Central London with a lovely fellow who used to play professional football (soccer) back in the early 70′s. We got to chatting, so he asked what I was doing living in London and I told him that I was a shoe designer. He then began to […]

July 26, 2013

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Sartorial Footwear – The New Slipper Company to Watch Out For!

The slipper shape/pattern is definitely among my all time favorite looks. It is just so non-fussy, simple and versatile, and due to these brilliant factors they can be worn with virtually anything casual to smart-casual. While I would personally love to wear bespoke suits everyday (and thus bespoke shoes), I simply cannot afford that lifestyle and am subjected to simply being as smart casual as I can be (which I also love) and it just […]

July 25, 2013

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What I am Working On

I am a bit busy here in Spain so can’t really write much but just thought that I would share with you what I am working on while here. Not everything you see in this post will be available right away, but some of them will be coming this winter, like the new suedes!! Hope that you all enjoy what you see….great things coming soon!! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

July 22, 2013

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Duggers of London – The New Best Cost vs. Value

A few months back, I was emailed by a gentleman who was wanting to introduce me to his new English shoe brand, Duggers of London. He told me a bit about it, sent me pictures and offered to send me a shoe for trial/testing. Considering the low price point and the fact that I have way too many shoes, I was a bit skeptical about going forward with it, as there really is no point […]

July 19, 2013

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Bontoni Magic

Picture Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman Not that I could really afford to purchase a Bontoni shoe “just like that,” but I find it such a crying shame for the sake of the customer that can afford “just like that” (as well as the growth of the idea of great Italian-made shoes) that you don’t see them at other stockists around Europe, or anywhere outside of the US for that matter….yet to me, they are seriously […]

July 17, 2013

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The Shoe Snob Jr Has Arrived (plus some shoes!)

Well my friends, the reason that I have had a long absence is due the fact that on Monday morning yours truly become a father to his first born child, little Mr. Shoe Snob Jr. As you can see he already has a pair of darby cap toes, with a nice heel counter and funky looking facing! On a serious note though, fatherhood is a true blessing and I am so glad to be finally […]

July 11, 2013

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Paulus Bolten – Flame On!!

You can always count on a patina artist to blow the socks off the crowd by creating a fire breathing shoe, and that is exactly what Paulus Bolten did just here in a recent collaboration with Ferrari (if I read the French script right). There are not too many color combinations more bold than red and yellow and while I hesitate to say that I myself would even rock these bad boys, I can certainly […]

July 10, 2013

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An Ode to Blue Dress Shoes

I have said it at least once and I will most likely say it at least a million times more, but the simple fact is that blue dress shoes (for me) remain the most underutilized option in the footwear industry. While certain shades of blue can pose as a bit over the top, I really don’t see how a dark navy or even that Edward Green spectator (below) would be seen as any more ostentatious […]