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Altan Bespoke Sample Series – Archives Brought to Life

Altan Bottier, of Paris, France, just recently decided to use the current state of the world to introduce something new on their Instagram page. One positive thing about facing adversity is it often causes one to question their direction, and see if they can either improve or offer something new/different as a way to ‘think outside the box.’ And so, like most retailers are facing at the moment with the decline in orders, it would […]

February 18, 2020

World Championships in Shoe Patina and Shoe Shining 2020 – Qualifications Now Open

World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina 2020 – Qualification We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina 2020, two great contests organized together with Saphir. The finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on October 10 (NOTE – NEW DATE! Postponed from April 25 due to the coronavirus situation). The patina finalists will paint their shoes […]

December 18, 2019

American Patina x J.FitzPatrick Offering

In light of the success of our first run of the Patina Project shoes at J.FitzPatrick Footwear, in association with American Patina ( at IG @american__patina), we are running the offering again. This time we are only offering just the Tony II and Whittier models to be given a patina to. Each model has 4 set patinas to choose from, as you can see. However, as this is a Pre-Order, we have decided to up […]

August 30, 2019

Sartor Polishing – Your London Spruce Up on Crockett & Jones Shoes

One of Crockett & Jones’ employees, Bismark Walter, has taken it upon himself to become a master of the brushes and learn mirror polishing and patina in order to add an extra value service to the Jermyn St. shop of Crockett & Jones in London. He has apparently built quite the reputation and customer following as his Instagram account is filled with beautiful shoes and polish/patina jobs. You can see a couple of them here. […]

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 […]