The Shoe Snob Blog

Yearly Archive: 2017

Happy New Year from The Shoe Snob!

2017 has been a tough year on many levels but probably the best year yet in reality, as I learned a lot about life, struggle, appreciation, the fact that life goes on and feel that I can finally get back up on my feet and again start becoming the person that I want to be. Although appreciating my time in Europe, the people that I met, the experiences had, my business developed, and most importantly […]

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas from The Shoe Snob

For those that celebrate Christmas, I just wanted to wish you all a very beautiful day with your loved ones and thank you for all of your support in the blog over the last 8 years.  For those of you that do not, I still wish you a beautiful day and hope that you are celebrating today with those that matter most. I am currently in the Dominican Republic giving myself some much needed holiday […]

December 21, 2017

Next Level Shoe Design – Riccardo Bestetti

Shoe design, while not terribly complicated, is not very easy when it comes to making something different, yet still elegant and wearable. I know that I have said it a million times, but it is just one of those things you have to say when you see something to terrifically different and cool. You see that a lot of thought when into this pattern, from the dips in each section of the shoe (cap, counter […]

December 18, 2017

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 2 – Scuffing

One thing that really baffles me is when people can’t imagine how scuffs got on their shoes and then blame the manufacturer for this. It’s incredible too that they could even attempt to think that it could be the leathers’/manufacturers fault. Allow me to explain a few things about scuffing so we can get this all out on the table and thus everyone can understand a bit more about the perplexity of this so-called phenomenon. As […]

December 15, 2017

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 1

While the name of the blog has the word snob in it and I can be quite harsh at times, a lot of what I do is try to educate in the hopes to grow the industry and make consumers more thought conscious about their actions and decisions when it comes to footwear. I have helped a lot of people in my time, having worked for Nordstrom for 6 years on the shoe floor, with […]

December 13, 2017

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Originality Goes A Long Way! – Barbanera Shows Us

As one of the Barbanera bros has recently had a birthday I thought that I would celebrate my appreciation of not only them as a brand but also as them as people as they are good friends of mine that I have a lot of respect for. In this day and age of the online world and anybody with a bit of buck being able to start a shoe brand that simply copies other brands […]

December 8, 2017

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A/W Closet Cleaning – Shoes I am Selling from My Wardrobe!

Having moved to NYC as of recent, I had to really take a look at what I was wearing and not wearing and thus what I needed and did not need. Shipping internationally is quite costly and I needed to minimize my expenditures. While there are many more shoes to come with this clearing out of my shoe closet, here is the first round of shoes that I am getting rid of to make my […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

December 5, 2017

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Reverse Skin Stitch by Magnanni

Magnanni has some new shoes out that appear to be the best that I have yet to see coming from them. I mean, I still wished that they did GY welted shoes but hey, to each his own. While I have never been a personal fan of their fit and feel, I have always respected Magnanni as a brand. They are probably the most famous shoe company out of Spain (not something easy to do), […]

December 3, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – One Week in NYC – Trunk Show at J. Mueser Bespoke

  As many of you may know, J.FitzPatrick Footwear is in the midst of expanding to the US market, specifically in NYC. This expansion, however, does not happen overnight and is a few months from being complete. In the meanwhile, as I am now based here in the Big City, I figured I would at least start by getting my presence felt and thanks to my good friend Jake Mueser of J.Mueser Bespoke, I have […]