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Patina Artists Archive

June 17, 2019

Fit for a Prince! – Vass Alligator Monks with Patina

Patina is growing and growing quick and everywhere. And that is great! Regular people with day jobs are teaching themselves and therefore reviving their old shoes to look better. And more and more experts are popping out of the woodworks. One that has been on the scene for a while now but quickly making a grand name for himself is PJ Upadhyaya, who works Jaunty Flaneur of London. Here PJ teamed up with Ascot shoes […]

June 11, 2019

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Dandy Shoe Care – Great Gatsby Per Nobile Edition

My friend Alexander Nurulaeff, of Dandy Shoe Care, appears to really love the early 1900’s style as his Great Gatsby theme patina has been given life to a new pair of shoes. His first go-round at patina’ing this theme can be seen here. And now, he presents a new variation of the Great Gatsby on a pair of Per Nobile shoes, of Russia, which I actually find to be super cool. The subtle details of […]

May 21, 2019

Graziat Taipei – Newcomers on the Block Making Noise!

Here is the start of many new Asian companies that will grace the pages of The Shoe Snob Blog. It is a new era in shoemaking and places like Vietnam and Shanghai are quickly gaining ground in making some very high-quality footwear. And you will start to see more and more of this in the future as brands are popping out left and right. The one highlighted here is Graziat Taipei, who specializes in patina, […]

February 15, 2019

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World Championships in Shoe Shining and Patina Finalists – London Super Trunk Show 2019

  An American, a Japanese and a Russian in the shoe shining contest, and a Polish, a Frenchman, and a British Gent in the patina competition. These are the finalists of the world champs contests taking place during the London Super Trunk Show on March 23. See their submissions below. You may read all about the London Super Trunk Show in this article, and great if you can visit the event’s Facebook page and let […]

February 6, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #2 – ALTAN BOTTIER

  To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE The 2nd shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2019 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that only now have they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of […]

January 28, 2019

Chris Dillon – Your “American Patina” Option

  First and foremost, Chris Dillon aka American Patina is a great guy. I met him 5 years ago at my first US trunk show at Leffot in NYC. He was a big supporter of The Shoe Snob Blog and while he didn’t come to buy shoes, he did come to show his support and meet me in person. What I will never forget is him asking me if I liked Sub sandwiches. I said […]

January 25, 2019

World Championship in Shoe Shine & Patina – London Super Trunk Show

We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina, both contests organized together with Saphir. Finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on March 23, 2019. The patina finalists will paint their shoes during the duration of the event, and the shoe shiners have 20 minutes to shine one shoe as beautiful as possible.

January 16, 2019

Fusing Dress + Casual = Septieme Largeur

The traditional dress shoe is a harder and harder sell these days. People don’t want leather soles, they ‘want to be comfortable.’ People can rock up to work in their jeans nowadays. And this is a corporate job we are talking about. Most guys want to thus wear something more casual due to this. Why wear a dress shoe when you can go casual? This is what they ask themselves. Sometimes, being ‘The Shoe Snob,’ I […]

January 2, 2019

Ascot Shoes to Bring Shoe Artist to Savile Row

Ascot Shoes has a new project and offering coming to their Savile Row presence at 13 Savile Row (shared with Stowers Bespoke and Lee Marsh Tailoring). What they claim as works of art and not just ‘patina’, it sounds as if we can expect greatness from this project. From the looks of the shoe in the hands of one very Stylish Trevor of Scabal, it would appear that the artist indeed has some serious skill […]

September 12, 2018

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Unique Patina by The Shine of Poland

  I always appreciate a unique patina. And while this one is not so out of this world different in terms of skill, it is unique to what you commonly see among Patina artists. The Shine, a Polish patina/shoe shine service that also sells shoes, is becoming for me one of Europe’s more exciting Patina artists. If you gander through the Instagram account you can see the growth of their skill and range of patina’s […]