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Monthly Archive: January 2014

January 31, 2014

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My Transition to Timothy Everest/Website Launch

  On January 18th, I kind of just disappeared off the face of the Earth (in London) as it was my last day at Gieves & Hawkes. The day after, it was as if I had never even existed. I am sure that some of you have gone in there to find that there is now just an empty desk with G&H memorabilia on it, that was once my station. It was a good run […]

January 29, 2014

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Solid Winter Boot by Foster & Son

Days like today really makes one wish that he had a proper pair of boots that could not only hold up to the weather but also be semi-smart at the same time. While the weather here in London is somewhat mild to the likes of you all in NYC and other snowy places, when you look at the weather forecast and it says heavy rain for at least 24 hours, you start to feel terrified […]

January 28, 2014

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New Carmina Make-Ups at Skoaktiebolaget

One thing that I really like about the young shop in Sweden, Skoaktiebolaget, is the fact that instead of simply ordering what the shoemakers that they work with have in their current collection, they actually work with the shoemakers to create unique things that they feel would suit their market. And because of that, you get to see a lot more of the capabilities that the brand has to offer. For example, Skoaktiebolaget seems to […]

January 24, 2014

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The Shoe Snob Exclusive – Free Worldwide Shipping

Dear Readers, We hope that you have all had a great start to 2014 and that you are gearing up for a fantastic year ahead! We, at The Shoe Snob, want to offer a one-week special starting from today until January 31st, on all of our blog-exclusive shoes that are for sale (found in the “Shoe Shop” in the upper right). For our one-week special we will be offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING. Sizes are limited however, so […]

January 23, 2014

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The Loafer’s Loafer by Scarpe Di Bianco

Back when I used to work for Nordstrom, there used to be this Ferragamo loafer (pictured below) that was pretty much discontinued but that must have been the most popular loafer of the 80’s & 90’s as we always used to get these old boys coming in asking for them and then complaining when we used to tell them that they no longer existed. They looked just like these (as you can see the resemblance […]

January 20, 2014

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Laszlo Vass Saddle Derbys

I was having a chat with my good friend Thomas Kalflo (patina artist for G&G) yesterday about how crocodile/alligator leather allows for an infinitely better patina due to the scales of the skin and the depth of shading that it thus allows. The problem though is that it is also infinitely harder and takes a very long time, 10 hours for a full pair. The reason being that you have to do it scale by […]

January 17, 2014

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Good Photography

I think that good photography is crucial to any product business. A photograph can make or break the look of a shoe. The most beautiful shoe in the world can be made ugly through an unflattering angle or bad resolution or whatever it may be. And on the other hand, even some horrible shoes can be made to look nice with good photography. It’s amazing how popular photography has become in the men’s style industry. […]

January 16, 2014

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The Simple Boot by VASS

I have been really really getting into boots as of late. I mean, far worse than I already was if you can believe that. The more that I see them the more that I want them, all styles included too; from balmoral boots, to spat boots, to derby Boots and all the lovely chukka boots. Doing a count in my head, I just realized that I now own 8 boots (after literally just giving one […]

January 15, 2014

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  Part of the new direction for The Shoe Snob in 2014 (and onwards) is the idea of more collaborations and as I said before, doing my best to make the blog more interesting. I feel that I have done a good job at creating good content but what is lacking was a bit of fun. Something that makes it stand out more than just a few pictures with some words attached. While I pride […]

January 10, 2014

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2013-2014: A Reflection of the Past and Things to Come

Dear Readers, Today will be more of a rant and a rave than an actual shoe post per se. It will be more about my feelings than about shoes. So be warned….. Every year, for me, marks a reflection point not only because my birthday lies within the first week of the year (the big 3-0 this one!) but also because I now have a family and a business that needs growing. That growing usually […]