The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: February 2014

February 28, 2014

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Random Beautiful Shoes

  Running around like a chicken with its head cut off today which means that I literally have like 10 minutes to knock out a quick post. That being, feast your eyes on all of these mouth watering shoes that will leave you thinking hard over the weekend about your next purchase. Just don’t blame me for the results!! Have a great weekend to all! Justin, “The Shoe Snob”  

February 27, 2014

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A Fringe done Differently by George Cleverley

As I have said before, I always enjoy seeing new ways of executing existing ideas and usually the shoes that are able to be modified and customized the most, are those that are bespoke. This George Cleverley model, made out of the famed Russian Reindeer leather from 1786 that never seems to run out, exemplifies doing something different to what those have done before. Usually you find fringes with the gimped effect (those jagged teeth […]

February 26, 2014

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Tan Double Monks by Laszlo Vass

I have a strange relationship with tan shoes, kind of like my relationship with glasses (eyewear). I like them on others and in theory as a product, but then I never really fancy them when they are on myself. But of all the shoes that a tan can come in, I find it most attractive on a double monk strap. Yet you rarely see it on a double monk strap. I guess not rarely, but […]

February 24, 2014

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Gaziano & Girling’s New Shoe Factory

I just recently had the time and the pleasure of getting myself up to the infamous town of Kettering to finally see the new Gaziano & Girling factory. I have been meaning to do this for awhile now, but with the little man to take care of on weekends, I don’t often find the time to get away. But I managed to knock out a few birds with one stone and blame the business for […]

February 21, 2014

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Delos Bespoke

There are not many things more attractive than a nice burgundy leather and this shade might be the best that I have yet to come by. It’s vibrancy is second to none and from the looks of it, it appears to be a normal calfskin that has not had it’s color applied. It’s rare to find a burgundy so vivid like that, that is not done by patina and to say the least, I am […]

February 19, 2014

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Patinas in the House by Dandy Shoe Care

Dear Readers, I am currently at my factory with not a lot of time to write but wanted to get something out for all of you, so please feast your eyes on some of the beautiful creations that Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care is able to achieve with a bit of dye, passion and creativity! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

February 14, 2014

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Soles to Match by Riccardo Bestetti

Riccardo Bestetti never ceases to amaze me with his artistic talents. Not only is his patina work on his uppers very beautiful but it would appear that he is taking it to the next level by matching (as best he can) that same patina on the soles of the shoes. While doing the soles is not something that will ultimately last, it still is a nice touch and beautiful to see. The only downside is […]

February 13, 2014

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Hiro Yanagimachi’s New Models

There is nothing like a new shoe design and the one that is shown on this saddle shoe, by Hiro Yanagimachi, is not like any that I have ever seen before. Being apart of the shoe nerds on the web one frequently comes across the likes of Koji Suzuki, Masaru Okuyama and Yohei Fukada but one does not really hear of Hiro Yanagimachi, not at least in the Western World. But according to some, he […]

February 12, 2014

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A Fine Pair of Shoes’ New Range

Shoe and accessory retailer, A Fine Pair of Shoes, has entered into the shoe designing world, having recently made a few exclusive shoe designs under their own moniker. Being a heavy retailer of Alfred Sargent footwear, one can only imagine that the shoes are made by AS. A tidy collection of 4 models, I particularly like the fact that two of the four are blue and none of them, as one can see, are black […]

February 6, 2014

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It’s All About the Hero Shot!

I have really been starting to learn just how important photography is for a product company. The idea of the products being good is simply not enough, unless of course your brand recognition is so strong that word of mouth is capable of selling your product by itself. But for those of us small-timers, in order to build a presence (particularly on the web) not only do you need high quality photography, but you need […]