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September 16, 2019

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Kanpekina Rare Find – On Sale

Japanese shoemaker Kanpekina is a tough find outside of Japan. For a while, there were some French stockists carrying them but think that this fell through over time and eventually stopped carrying them. And thus other than that, getting a pair was exclusive to purchasing a flight to Japan, which we all know is not cost-effective. But it seems like one French gentleman purchased a pair while they were available, had the French sole treatment […]

May 22, 2019

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The Workman Boot by Joe Works

I normally don’t like that Red Wing boot look. That extra thick neutral stitching that smacks you in the face and is everywhere on the boot. You know what I mean? As a relatively skinny guy who dresses the part of a skinny guy with slim trousers and whatnot, that heavier look makes me look quite silly. So I could never really get down with it. But these dressier version Workman boots by Japanese shoe […]

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, […]

March 27, 2019

Yeossal – Scott’s V-Cap Oxford

As I was taking my time shining, take pictures, and leaving on the floor of my showroom the two pairs of handwelted oxfords from new Singaporean brand, Yeossal, I think that I got more compliments on their shoes than my own. People were always like ‘oh, those ARE nice! Can I buy those?’ And sadly, I was like, ‘No, you can’t with me, but with Yeossal you can!’ But it was one of those then and […]

March 15, 2019

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #8 — JSEP

JSEP is the combination of 3 Japanese shoe brands: Oriental/Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, and Kiten Ahead of the free-trade-agreement with EU, which is expected to be in place already in February, Japanese brands are introduced to the European market (with Brexit it’s still uncertain what happens in England with this, we’ll see, but the super trunk is held before). Jsep, Japan Shoes Export Platform, are introducing Oriental/Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, and Kiten. They also attended last year and […]

February 27, 2019

Green Shoes – Trend or ‘The Future’?

We have a special guest post today, written by my colleague Ché, all about the idea of green in footwear.  We have seen a lot of it lately. Is it here to stay? Is it a trend? Let’s discuss…. –Justin Ever consider dark green as an alternative to your black shoes? Might I suggest this as an overlooked option…I know, I know…green sounds a bit wild. A deep, rich green will be understated. At first glance, […]

February 11, 2019

Yeossal Shoes – The Review

  There is a new shoe brand in town and I am here to write about them as they are most certainly worth being written about. Their name is Yeossal and they are a Singaporean shoe brand (and multi-brand shop too) created by 6 friends who were all shoe customers until they decided to become shoe brand owners. Their vision was to create a Handmade shoe but at a super affordable price. And to be […]

2019 London Super Trunk Show Invite

It’s a pleasure to introduce this year’s edition of the world’s largest open event for classic shoes, the London Super Trunk Show, organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. On Saturday March 23, literally in the heart of London at a new venue on 12 Regent Street, we gather more than 10 brands from all over the world, interesting partners, and there will be the World Championships in Shoe Shining and for the first time […]

December 6, 2018

Gold Museum Calf

I have never been a huge fan of tan calf. Let me rephrase that. I don’t like it for myself but have always been attracted to it in shoes. Just when I put it on, I feel it too strong a contrast for my typical attire (i.e. dark jeans and suits). But what I have come to love is Gold Museum Calf. Now, I know that it is not really even close to what a […]

November 14, 2018

Yeossal – New Singaporean Multi Brand Shoe Store

There is a new shoe shop in town. When I say “in town,” well now that the world is only a couple of clicks away and shipping is virtually free everywhere, it’s just like having it around the corner as in reality it is based in Singapore. The shop in question is called Yeossal and currently stocks TLB Mallorca, Corno Blu (of Japan) and Antonio Meccariello. While the West is slowing down in multi-brand shoe shops […]