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May 19, 2020

Shining Museum Calf – With Saphir

Over the years, I have seen a lot of questions about museum calf and how to shine it. Allow me to share a couple of pointers here so that maybe your questions can be answered in one post: Museum Calf is a box calf with a pre-dyed patina like effect on it, giving it its marbled look. It is not an actual patina. It is drum dyed, just like black box calf You can condition […]

March 24, 2020

5 Shoe Shine “Don’ts” to Know About

There are many mistakes people make when shining their shoes. These mistakes sometimes have adverse effects on their shoes, which is no good, especially if the shoe is brand new and thus gets ruined. Once upon a time, I was considered an expert shoe shiner (for those that don’t know) and felt that I need to get back to offering some knowledge on shoe shining, the ‘Do’s and Don’ts.’ And as the “Don’ts” have more […]

January 21, 2020

Saphir Burgundy Wax Polish – Good for Earth Tones

There are a few tricks to shoe shining that I have always appreciated using to get an enhanced result to that final shine. One, is using blue wax on black shoes. And the other is using burgundy wax polish on all earth-toned leathers, from light tan to dark brown and if I am really being a bit daring, sometimes using burgundy wax even on blue leather for an added effect. You see, the thing about […]

August 19, 2019

What I am Wearing Video Series

  I have always wanted to give inspiration to those that may not know how to wear bold shoes or have fears of shoes outside of what they are used to. I won’t claim to have the best style in the world, but I am not afraid to go bold every now and then show it. And I can’t be The Shoe Snob if I am not wearing the shoes that I preach about. So […]

July 10, 2018

Bright Socks – Best for Hot Days

When you live in a cold and/or grey place it is not so desirable to do two things that are frequently done in warmer climates: 1. Wear bright socks and 2. Go sockless. Having lived in NYC for a year now I have started to do more of both. It is just so hot here and wearing dark colors just makes you feel hotter. And some days wear anything (on your feet) is just a […]

December 15, 2017

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 […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

June 19, 2017

A Guide To Wearing Belts

  Belts are one of those accessories that we really just need. Trousers off the shelf simply don’t fit perfectly, hardly ever. Therefore it’s not a choice unless you can afford bespoke everything and thus be able to affix side adjusters or brace loops (yet still needing another accessory to keep the trousers up!). And unless you are sticking to black calf or dark brown shoes, it is not always clear on what belt to […]

March 14, 2017

How to Restore Your Suede Shoes – Video

Sometimes your suede shoes can get a bit rough looking, especially after one too many outings to the pub/restaurant/events etc. Without letting them get too far gone all you have to do to spruce them up is sacrifce about 5-10 mins of your spare time using household products to get them in top notch. This is not a major refurbishment video though but rather a quick sprucing up video, which if we all did after […]

March 9, 2017

How To Restore Your Creased Leather Shoes – Video Tutorial

A shoe is rarely beyond recovery unless you are the type to never use shoes trees, wears his shoes every day and doesn’t think polish is necessary. But for those that simply wear their shoes hard and every now and then find them in a quite a creased state, following these simply steps can help you at least get your shoes into a top form again. But beware, heating the leather can also have adverse […]