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Price Points & What You Get In Return

Warning: Long, educational post. With the rise of online interaction between regular people comes a rise of misinformation by so-called “experts” i.e. people who own a few shoes and think they know best because they own a few shoes. I used to be one of those people too, when starting this blog, having worked in a shoe store and having owned a few. Little did I know that I didn’t really know shit. It wasn’t […]

November 24, 2020

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The Shoe Snob Unboxies Series – Acme Shoemaker

Here is the unboxing video many of you have been waiting for, from upcoming Chinese shoemakers, Acme Shoemaker . This shoe breaks stereotypes the world has been stuck on for many years and shows that anyone from anywhere can be among the best. I hope that you enjoy this video! Instagram: https://instagram.com/acme_shoemaker?… Wechat: Acmeshoemaker Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel to keep up to date with all of the videos uploaded there. There […]

November 20, 2020

Next Level Handstitching – Hiro Yanagimachi

What I always loved about Japanese Shoemaker Hiro Yanagimachi is their ability to maintain the most classic look while at the same time offering subtle details that not only set their shoes apart but shows irrefutably their level of skill in shoemaking. This boot here shows just that. An otherwise classic apron toe derby boot, but with next level handstitching. And different variations of handstitching at that! In doing so they show the depth of […]

October 28, 2020

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Paul Parkman A/W Collection – Classic, Bold and Refined

Paul Parkman has been refining its brand in terms of style and looks in 2020. I remember when they first contacted me about their brand, around 6 years ago, and to be honest, I was not big on them at the time, although I always liked the founder as a kind and humble person. Even though they weren’t for me, I stayed watching the brand and the new models they released. Like any smart brand […]

September 30, 2020

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Yeossal Launches GMTO

Singaporean menswear atelier, Yeossal, has recently introduced their new ‘Collection Group Order,’ which is essentially a GMTO of sorts on their Handwelted Boot Range. This might not seem like news to you, but what is different to other GMTO’s is that you do not have to order the boot exactly as shown. This is just the example of the model that is available, but once you get into the product’s page you can start to […]

September 14, 2020

Graziat Taipei – Mind Blowing Apron Derby Boots

Graziat Taipei is really doing some impressive work these days. Mind-blowing stuff in my opinion. Their shoemaking and design are quite different, quite intriguing and quite impeccable, at least from the pictures. I can only imagine that in person they are even better. I like that they have their own styling and details that you do not see elsewhere. These, for example, are the cornered angles on the soles, at the joints and tips. Not […]

September 2, 2020

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The Sharpest Derby I Have Seen

If you have read my blog for more than a year you probably know that I am not a huge fan of derby shoes. Something about them just doesn’t really appeal to me in the same way that oxfords and other dress styles do. But I say this as a dress shoe. I like them as more “casual” styles. But always found it weird when guys wore casual derbies with suits. It never sat right […]

August 24, 2020

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Yeossal Gears up for Autumn with new Boot Models!

The Singaporean atelier, Yeossal, who has mainly catered to attire for the Summer Season, as they are based in Singapore where it is never less than 80 degrees F with 90% humidity, has finally branched out and made some boots appealing to their worldwide customer. And I must say they are quite handsome boots indeed! While apparently not available yet (maybe PreOrder via email?), they have started teasing us on Instagram with some of their […]

Industry Secrets Part 2: Production Times

All of those videos you watch about there being 300 steps and shoes staying on lasts for 2 weeks to 30 days are not accurate. It’s like a fictional motion picture showing you something that could be real but is sensationalized to create theater. Frankly, I don’t know why they do it either? I always hated those videos that show you someone clicking by hand and then once the tape stops rolling they break out […]

June 24, 2020

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Txture of Indonesia – The Unboxing Video

 Here I unbox a pair of Txture boots, a shoe brand out of Indonesia doing great things for the Americana industry. Incredible value and craftsmanship. I was super impressed when I got them and look forward to getting them on the feet soon, once the NYC sun calms down. At around $200, I do not see a better value than this. Incredible stuff for sure. Make sure you check them out! https://txtureboots.com/