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December 7, 2020

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Septieme Largeur – A/W2020 Line Up

Septieme Largeur has made a very congruent collection this year. A common theme can be easily seen: ‘it’s all about the soles.’ From commando soles to double-dainite with storm-welts, this collection was clearly made for durability and the withstanding of the elements. It is a theme that apparently the whole industry felt in tune with this year, the year we will all never forget. And it makes sense. A hard year needs hard-wearing shoes. And […]

November 19, 2020

Hancore Patina – The Black Series

Greg Park, aka Hancore, has a new way of reinventing your black shoes to create a completely other color and thus, a completely new shoe. This is huge for those of you out there, tired, bored or just downright over your black dress shoes. Now, there is a solution. And that is not often something that you can find in a patina artist, the ability to turn your black shoes into blue, brown, and the […]

November 17, 2020

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The Shoe Snob Unboxing Series – Orban’s Shoes

 Here I unbox a pair of super lightweight Norwegian stitch/construction boots by Parisian Brand, Orban Shoes. A solid boot for a great value for those looking for a smart-looking Doc Marten style upgraded times 1000. Find them here: www.orbans.fr/en Enjoy! Please Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you enjoy the videos:

November 13, 2020

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The Shoe Snob Unboxing Series – Septieme Largeur

 Here I unbox one of Septieme Largeur ‘s new A/W2020 boots, the Moissac. Septieme Larger is a brand I have respected for many, many years, and I am happy to show all of you their great work. Enjoy!  Use code THESHOESNOB10 to get 10% off your purchase Happy Friday! https://www.septiemelargeur.fr/en/

September 18, 2020

Altan’s Norwegian Wholecuts – A New Trend?

I have been seeing a lot of Norwegian stitching lately, on several different brands but no one has shown it more than Altan Bottier, of Paris. With their skills in patina and specialization of making elegant wholecut oxfords, they have made a collection of Norwegian wholecuts in various colors and styles (dress vs ‘sport’). I never personally like the Norwegian stitch but like psychology would predict in successful marketing the more that you see something, […]

June 18, 2020

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Cashmere Nubuck Alligator Loafers – Altan

I was never a huge fan of exotic leather, not at least when the entire shoe was made of exotic leather. I liked when little snippets of the pattern had exotic leather. Like a facing, a vamp, or cap and counter etc. But entire exotic leather made shoes, for me, where a lot a swallow. But in recent years, this rise of suede exotic leather has risen and this I am a huge fan of. […]

May 11, 2020

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Point de Paris – New French Shoemakers

There are some new shoemakers in town and their name is Point de Paris. They have been a while on Instagram, building up their presence as their ecommerce site was being built. And now that it is done, it is time to share them to the world. Point de Paris consist of 4 friends who were big-time shoe aficionados that decided to undertake the grand gesture of starting their own line. With all of their […]

April 3, 2020

Exotic Chelseas by Altan Bottier

One of Altan Bottier’s specialties would apparently be the short chelsea boots. More specifically, chelsea boots in exotic leathers ranging from alligator, hippopotamus to elephant hide. And any color you want, it would also appear. While making things in alligator is no surprise nor anything special, to be honest, what I really liked is their hippopotamus range which I find unique and intriguing, especially as it appears that they get a natural “crust” version of […]

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 […]

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 […]