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March 20, 2020

More Teal Shoes in 2020 – The Next Big Color

Many years back when I was living in London, I visited the John Lobb shop on Jermyn st and found this awesome pair of double monks in dark teal suede. I was immediately enamored with this shoe and probably would have bought it if it was not 5x out of my budget. I had seen teal in patina prior to this shoe but never in an actual pre-dyed suede or leather color. I immediately thought […]

March 17, 2020

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Cool Museum Patina by CNES Shoemaker

I found a really cool photo on Facebook of the rough patina process (when I say rough, I mean minimal steps shown) courtesy of one of the workers of CNES Shoemaker. Vietnamese shoemaker, CNES shoemaker, has been coming out with some exciting stuff lately and this just adds to the excitement. I only wished they took this one step further and showed a picture with the patinating of this same shoe in as many colors […]

January 28, 2020

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CNES Shoemaker – Oxford Like No Other!

For those not in the know, CNES shoemaker is a Vietnamese based company with shoes produced in Vietnam and distribution there as well as in Singapore. Traditionally they are goodyear welted producers but I recently saw a picture that would indicate a new handwelted range, soon coming. Apparently they have been around since 1994 but only recently have hit they worldwide map and now seem to be doing things very very differently, which inevitably caught […]

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 […]