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August 13, 2019

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Bykowski Button Boots

There is a custom clothier, Bykowski Tailor Garb, out of Austin, Texas who is making welted button boots and adding to this fine sector of the shoe industry. He has decided to offer some of his stock on The Shoe Snob Marketplace, going all the way up to UK15/US16 in some models. It’s great to see something different being offered. I like how they make the button boot more rugged looking. Something that you could […]

July 9, 2019

Belgian Shoes – A Brief History & NYC Shop Offering

The Belgian loafer is a staple piece in the menswear industry. Its popularity stems beyond the realm of just footwear though, so much so that that the founder was actually knighted for his help in reviving the Belgium shoe manufacturing industry. Its style has been copied time and time again but the classic offering remains King. Here is a small brief on the history and a photo journal of the famous shop in NYC. read […]

June 28, 2019

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Link Flip Shoes – Next Generation Laziness

More towards my recent blog post about Athleisure and how it is destroying a ‘sense of dress’ across the world, we enter a new realm of craziness with the latest invention of the ‘Flip Shoe.’ Designed to be a cross breed between a shoe and a flip flop, the world of comfort takes it one step further with what I feel is the ultimate abomination on the idea of what footwear should be and/or is. […]

March 13, 2019

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The Braided Shoe by Allen Edmonds

One thing I have always liked about Allen Edmonds was their boldness to do a lot of braided-leather shoes. From loafers to oxfords and even derbys, they always had braided options in ‘ol catalog. And even better still, they continue offering them to this day and that is what thing I love about this classic American company. The model above is apparently one of their new options added to one of their older models, the Strand. I […]

Fusion Cowboy Boots – The Modern Trend

Using the traditional Cowboy boot features but blending modern design details to the boots seems to be all of the rage these days as I am starting to see more and more makers getting on board with it. Bestetti having a history in bootmaking as his first dive in handmade footwear, is starting to come stronger and stronger with RTW versions of his old craft. And it’s great, as I think that sometimes traditional makers […]

October 24, 2018

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Gladiator Boots by Taft

I have never seen a pair in person but I am quite fond of what American Boot company, Taft, have been coming out with design-wise. Most things are quite unique. I won’t lie and say that I like it all as there are some not so amazing things in the collection and we all know that I hate the word ‘handmade’ on a shoe site (that are clearly made in a factory) but I at […]

March 27, 2018

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TAFT – Braided Boots

Braided shoes/boots/loafers etc are going to make a return, mark my word. More and more brands are bringing them out and for good reason too. A braided pair of shoes done right is very elegant. But so is the opposite. Done wrong and you can get some very disgusting looking footwear. Just think of Mezlan in their heyday making every monstrosity imaginable. And that’s the tricky thing about braided shoes. They have to be done right. […]

October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

August 18, 2017

Leffot ‘Pre-Owned Program’ – New Way of Recycling Shoes

It’s a new day and age in the retail shoe world, for Leffot has started something that no one else has before and it is quite interesting, to say the least. That being, in the ever-evolving world of retail and the online monster that we call reality, one needs to always stay on top of new ideas to stay afloat as there are always companies out there with great ideas that will make you look […]

January 9, 2017

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Taft Boots – Something Unique

Like a broken record, I will repeat that it is always refreshing to see shoes/designs that are ‘different.’ And Taft shoes/boots are anything but the ‘norm.’ They offer a fresh, modern twist not only on the derby boot but even on their shoes, incorporating a lot of woven leather. And not only do they make a twist with their signature contrasted cap, but also do a lot of natural (or lighter colored) sole edgings which […]