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May 30, 2018

Shoes of the Month – Bespoke Balmoral Oxfords by Enrile

I have been following Enrile (Antonio Enrile) for a few years now and have been impressed with his progression as a bespoke shoemaker, hailing out of Seville, Spain. His designs were always intriguing but at first, I was not crazy about the last shapes, all too often being very bulbous. But nonetheless, there was potential for greatness through the perseverance of trade and cool designs. Today, Enrile has shown me his best piece of work […]

World Championships in Shoemaking — The Competition’s Shoe Entries Part 1.

  Post written by Jesper of Shoegazing Blog 30 black oxfords, made by shoemakers from all over the world. Here’s a substantial review of all the competition shoes that entered the World Championships in Shoemaking. Info, comments, pictures of the shoes and in some cases also the manufacturing process. Brace yourself, this is the largest post ever posted on this blog (and there’s been some really long ones, as many know), so large that it […]

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 […]

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 […]

February 15, 2018

Ramon Cuberta New 2018 RTW Collection

Ramon Cuberta has recently launched his new 2018 collection and although small, it packs a punch. With 4 shoes on offer to choose from, there is no room for error with whether or not you like something, at least for Ramon’s sake. But safe to say for him, while slightly bolder than your average oxford, the model with separate facing (as highlighted), coming in two shades of brown should be able to gain most people’s […]

Norman Vilalta – New Handmade ‘1202 Heritage Collection’

It’s always great to see creativity at work and to see what people are coming up with, in this ever-changing world of shoes. One of the latest and greatest to arrive to the industry is Norman Vilalta’s new completely handmade shoe collection, the ‘1202 Heritage.’ Fusing his bespoke shoemaking background with a semi Ready Made product for you to buy at the drop of a dime is Norman’s latest idea to give people the best of […]

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 […]

Norman Vilalta Launches Gladiator Brogue for RTW/MTO at Pitti 92

For those of you that are fans of the brogue of all brogues, you will be pleased to know that Spanish shoemaker, Norman Vilalta, is currently showcasing his new RTW/MTO model at Pitti Uomo 92, hopefully to be ready soon for ordering by the general public. Inspiration taken from one of his old bespoke samples from years gone, it would appear that Norman found that this model should finally hit the streets with the offering of […]