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The Great Shoe Circle

I think that this takes the cake for the greatest shoe circle that I have ever seen. It certainly isn’t the most impressive shoe collection (not to say it is not impressive but I have seen some that span upwards of 250 pairs) but it certainly is the best presented circle of shoes I have ever seen, not only for what the shoes are being a mix of literally every type of model (except button […]

February 1, 2019

Ducal Firenze – Exciting Italian Creativity

While I am on the subject of impressive makers, one of my favorite Italian shoemakers that has gone under the radar for far too long, is Ducal Firenze.  I remember discovering them at Pitti Uomo Summer of 2014 (crazy how time flies as that feels like yesterday that I was there!) and being blown away by this shoemaker in an unassuming stall amongst the masses found at this trade show. I wrote a post about […]

January 31, 2019

The Boot of all Boots! — TYE Shoemaker

I think that I will flat out and say that TYE shoemaker of Japan is probably making the most interesting and amazing shoes at the moment. Not only is the quality of the shoemaking beyond phenomenal (read that as perfect) but the level of design and pattern making is next level. I mean, the design of this adelaide-like oxford boot with a hovering apron stitch is simply mind-blowing. And anyone that appreciates or understands pattern making […]

London Super Trunk Show 2019 – Brand Showcase #1 – Norman Vilalta

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE The 1st brand that I want to highlight is Norman Vilalta. Norman’s brand is the only one (besides partners and hosts) that has been with us since the very first Super Trunk Show in 2017 and we are always happy to welcome him. Not only is Norman a personal friend but someone I very much respect as a shoemaker/designer/creator etc. I am […]

2019 London Super Trunk Show Invite

It’s a pleasure to introduce this year’s edition of the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. On Saturday March 23, literally in the heart of London at a new venue on 12 Regent Street, we gather more than 10 brands from all over the world, interesting partners, and there will be the World Championships in Shoe Shining and for the first time […]

January 10, 2019

Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird – Another Spanish Shoemaker

There are a group of shoemakers in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, named Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird. They have been banded together since 2006. But only thanks to Instagram, have I recently discovered their existence and wished to share it all with you. I remember when I used to think that Barcelona really only had like 2 bespoke shoemakers, but as time goes on, as does the internet, I am seeing that it is a haven […]

December 28, 2018

Gaziano & Girling – 2019 Sample Sale

Gaziano & Girling is soon hosting their annual sample sale and I know that many of you have been waiting for this. While we had ours in NYC this year and don’t have more stock for our London shop, our annual collaboration is put on pause this year and G&G is going at it alone in their shop on Savile Row. I can just imagine the queue down Savile Row all the way to Oswald […]

December 27, 2018

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Calzoleria Oscura Shoes

There is a new outfit in town and when I say ‘town’ I mean Milan, Italy. You might see the boot above very reminiscent of Riccardo Bestetti’s gladiator pattern and well that is because Calzoleria Oscura is comprised of the makers that used to work for Riccardo himself before his passing. Deciding to move on, the new company went out and started their own venture taking with them what they learned from the late, great […]

December 20, 2018

Unique Derby Design by TYE Shoemaker

I love to look at TYE Shoemaker’s Instagram account as I am pretty always pleasantly surprised to see new shoe ideas and designs. They don’t post often but when they post, it counts. Here is a new line to a derby pattern that I have never seen before. And one that actually makes me appreciate the derby, which is probably my least favorite shoe model. The way this new line flows from the derby facing […]

November 20, 2018

World Championships in Shoemaking 2019 – Call for competition

World Championships in Shoemaking 2019 – Call for competition We are happy to announce the second edition of the World Championships in Shoemaking, where the final takes place during the London Super Trunk Show on March 23 2019. In the prize pool is £6,000 (€6,800 / $7,700) and a chance to be showcased for shoe lovers around the world. Here’s all the info about the competition. The World Championships in Shoemaking is organized by Shoegazing […]