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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 because the size guide or salesmen with commission…

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 my own brand and assisting clients for nearly 5 years, the numerous trunk shows…

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

Shoes by Gaziano & Girling, photo by Leffot In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It…

PET PEEVES IN THE SHOE INDUSTRY PART 8: THINKING THAT CEDAR SHOES TREES ARE THE END ALL BE ALL

Image courtesy of A Fine Pair of Shoes I am not going to lie here and pretend I haven’t done this and this is how I know that the issue at hand is all crap, but the truth is that when a salesman tells you that Cedar shoe trees are the best possible wood for shoe trees, this is a flat-out lie. I know this because I have been that salesman and also came to understand why this shopping occurrence is so prevalent, but really only in the US….

Pet Peeves In The Shoe Industry Part 6 – Men Who Can’t Fathom Taking a Different Size

Marquess Shoemaker Pictures of random beautiful shoes that have nothing to do with the post It’s been a little over a month since I have kept up with my rant on what bothers me within the shoe industry and I thought that I would add another post to check off one more bullet point on my list. To read the previous 5, CLICK HERE. Funny enough a lot of these rants come from helping customers, mainly at Nordstrom but even still to this day….

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – Part 3 – Trying Dress Shoes with Athletic Socks

Picture courtesy of Darrell Romuld I have sold a lot of shoes to a lot of guys over the course of my time not only owning my own brand but also selling shoes at Nordstrom. And in that time, one of the things that baffled me most was guys coming to try dress shoes with thick athletic socks and insisting that it would be fine. Even after telling them that doing so would result in a half size difference in fit, they continued to insist that it…

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 2 – Scuffing

my boots that scuff so easily, and this was after buffing them. It’s the nature of the leather so what can I do?? Nothing, that’s what. 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…

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

Saint Crispins shoes There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! People scuffing their shoes and then blaming the…

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry Part 4 – The Brannock Device

Photo courtesy of the InForum The Brannock device is NOT the Holy Grail of measurements. Sure it might give you length accurately, which for me is all that it is good for, but the rest of the measurements are so inaccurate that they should, in theory, be ignored. You see, the foot is a complex thing to try and ascertain someone’s size and a two-dimensional measurement doesn’t even come close to telling you not only what the person…