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Monthly Archive: March 2018

March 30, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – PARTNER: EXQUISITE TRIMMINGS

Founded by Shaya Green, Exquisite Trimmings is a London-based online store offers an impressive range of accessories and clothing, from many of the most acclaimed brands in the world. Here you find ties from among others E.G. Cappelli, Calabrese and Drake’s, bags from Frank Clegg and Simpson London, umbrellas from Francesco Maglia and Mario Talarico, and much, much more. In some cases, like ties and pocket squares, Exquisite Trimmings has also developed a number of […]

March 28, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #9 — SKOLYX/TLB

The Swedish retailer Skolyx has made a name for itself through excellent customer service and a wide range of shoes from Spanish brand Yanko which you can find at their website. At the super trunk, they will kick-off a new venture which is a close collaboration with a brand new Mallorcan-based manufacturer called TLB. The new brand will be introduced closer to the event, but according to what Jesper, of Shoegzaing, has seen the new […]

March 27, 2018

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TAFT – Braided Boots

Braided shoes/boots/loafers etc are going to make a return, mark my word. More and more brands are bringing them out and for good reason too. A braided pair of shoes done right is very elegant. But so is the opposite. Done wrong and you can get some very disgusting looking footwear. Just think of Mezlan in their heyday making every monstrosity imaginable. And that’s the tricky thing about braided shoes. They have to be done right. […]

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #8 — NORMAN VILALTA

Norman Vilalta comes from Argentina, originally as a lawyer, was trained in bespoke shoemaking by Stefano Bemer in Italy, and now works from a workshop studio in Barcelona. A couple of years ago he added a RTW range to accompany his bespoke footwear, which has been quite successful and now his RTW shoes are sold at various stores all around the world. He came onto the scene quickly and has made a major impact with designs […]

March 25, 2018

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MY STORY — THE 5 YEAR PLAN…… ITALY – PART 2

Having started making shoes now, well into my apprenticeship and learning lots of Italian, I meet a girl that would become my girlfriend and now give me more ties to Italy and staying there. The problem was though, that after 2 months of being there and no word on a Visa, I was starting to worry about it all. But Stefano kept telling me that it would get sorted by his lawyer and of course, […]

March 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S18 Collection — Pre-Sale

It just became Spring and while in some places it is still snowing, in many others the beautiful sun has started to finally show itself after what felt like a long Winter. And of course with the beautiful weather we hope to feel in the Spring, comes beautiful shoes to accompany such sunshine, shoes that tend to be a bit more fun, less serious, full of color and just outright cool. And with our new […]

March 22, 2018

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Pet Peeves In The Shoe Industry Part 5 — The Size Guide

There is no such thing as a universal size guide. There is no such thing as always being a UK10 (unless you don’t care how your shoes fit and you only care about the #10). There is no such thing as concrete rules in shoe sizing. There is no such thing as an identical pair of shoes. Give up all these ideas that you ‘have to be something’ because you always have been or that […]

March 21, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – MAIN PARTNER: SAPHIR

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please visit the following link: https://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/london-super-trunk-show-2018.html   Saphir is one of the leading premium shoe care product manufacturers in the world. The French brand is owned by Avel Group, who in turn is owned by a larger group that also owns brands like Dasco, Terrago and La Cordonnerie Anglais under their branch. Well known for both the high quality of care and protection of the products, as well as […]

Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

March 19, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #7 — Paolo Scafora

  Paolo Scafora is based in Naples, Italy, and was founded by Gennaro Scafora, who named the company after his son. Today, Paolo Scafora runs the company with his name attached to it. Originally they had been known for a very Italian style of shoemaking, with very daring patinas, wide sole edges and a characteristically extreme square toe. In recent years, however, they have diversified their style, still distinctly Italian shoes, but with more classically styled last shapes and tighter […]