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Monthly Archive: February 2020

February 28, 2020

London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #2: Norman Vilalta

Our 2nd showcase is none other than my good friend, Norman Vilalta, one of the shoemakers I most respect in this industry. Norman is one of the only brands that has been with us for each year of the event and is always a favorite at the show, which comes as no surprise being that Norman always has new things on offer, great ideas and shoes that no one else does! Norman will surely have […]

February 27, 2020

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New Shoe Trees – Which Color?

So I am changing some things up at my shoe company, one of which is our shoe tree selection and am faced with a dilemma of wjat to proceed with. Therefore, I need some assistance from some fresh viewpoints. If you all would be so kind to spare 30 seconds of your time to please tell me the order of your preference 1, 2, & 3, of the colors above. Thank you so much, I […]

February 26, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #1: Altan Bottier

The 1st shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2020 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that in 2019 they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of Paris. They were supposed to come to the show last year but unfortunately due to strikes in the […]

February 24, 2020

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Next Level Chukka Monkstrap Boots – Atelier Zakarian

Russian shoemaker Atelier Zakarian is creating some very unique designs. His entry to last years World Championship of Bespoke Shoemaking was one of the more impressive shoes among the sort. And now discovering this chukka, and seeing that he is pushing himself to be better, now I am really looking forward to seeing what he sends in this year. This is easily one of the most elegant and coolest chukka style boots I have ever […]

February 23, 2020

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The Kudu Collection by Barbanera

During my trip to Lineapelle to source some cool, new things for my shoe brand I had a quick visit to see my friends at Barbanera, in Milan. While there I was able to see their latest Kudu collection, with a penny loafer, an adelaide brogue and their famous modern Cowboy Boots! The shoes/loafers are currently on sale as we speak, the brogues at €295 and the loafers at €345. Both great prices for the […]

February 22, 2020

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Last Weekend of Discontinued PreSale – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The Discontinued Pre-Sale – Last Weekend It’s the last two days to grab 20% off the 6 SKU’s below. Prices from $300 After the 23rd, these will all become MTO options with added MTO fees. Don’t miss this chance to pick up one of these great models at these unbeatable prices. Please read the product and collection description carefully as Pre-Sale’s on Discontinued models are non-refundable and arrive at a future date. The Pre-Sale ends […]

February 19, 2020

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Chelseas with a Twist – Carmina Shoemaker

Its refreshing to see Chelsea boots in some sort of dark burgundy/merlot color. In this case Plum Museum Calf. I never understood why this color has not caught on more with the extremely popular boot style: the chelsea. For me, this color goes with everything that a brown calfskin can. And potentially even more and also look better. Yet its very rare that you see one. Naturally I was excited to see this MTO option […]

February 18, 2020

World Championships in Shoe Patina and Shoe Shining 2020 – Qualifications Now Open

World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina 2020 – Qualification We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina 2020, two great contests organized together with Saphir. The finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on October 10 (NOTE – NEW DATE! Postponed from April 25 due to the coronavirus situation). The patina finalists will paint their shoes […]

February 17, 2020

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Herring Boots – The Review

I finally had the time to break out my new Herring Boots for a stroll in the park and weekend excursion to be able to road test the fit, feel and durability of these bad boys. And in doing so, I was thoroughly impressed with what I discovered. It’s no wonder that Herring Shoes does so well. Not only do they have a vast offering but have done a great job at sourcing not only […]

February 14, 2020

The Shoe Snob Unboxing Series – Carlos Santos Boots

 Here I unbox a pair of Handgrade boots by Carlos Santos, brought to you by The Noble Shoe The Noble Shoe is an online retailer from Sweden who ships worldwide He is also offering a 10% discount code to everyone who watches this video. LOVETHESHOB is the code and is good for all full-priced shoes (not including GMTO and other products that have a built-in discount already) There is still a UK7.5 – UK8 […]