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Things that Truly Don’t Matter in Shoes – Don’t Believe the Hype. Part 1 – Heel Stiffeners

The older I get the more my Shoe Snobbery evolves and thus wises up to the reality of everything you see and read and hear from the blogs, to shoe salesmen to the brands. Having spent the last 15 years of my life surrounded by shoes. And I mean all manners of shoes from the cheapo’s to the top grade shoes of the industry. Having not only handled them personally but owned everywhere from Meermin […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

Leather Soles vs Rubber Soles

There is long debate on the differences between leather soles vs rubber soles with regards to comfort/durability/elegance etc. So I thought it wise to create a post in order to discuss all of the points and shed some light on certain myths that need debunking. I will break it up into the main topics that tend to be discussed labeling both pro’s and con’s for each in order for you to understand better the truth […]

February 21, 2017

The Importance of Toe Taps

Growing up in America and selling shoes at Nordstrom, I never really understood what toe taps where all about. I had seen the ones that are simply nailed on and look like little boomerang’s (you know the ones you can easily kick off and are pretty much worthless? Yea those ones!), but had never seen anyone with a pair of proper toe taps on. Occasionally I had seen (or better yet heard) the few people […]

October 28, 2014

Closed Vs. Open Channel Sole Stitching

There are many different treatments that one can give to a shoe’s sole, but what I want to focus on is the big obvious one, i.e. channel stitching. There are really only two ways to do it (in the modern world of RTW shoes), which is either open (showing) or closed (not showing). What you find as a general rule is that the lower end the brand, the more chances are that they will have […]