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November 19, 2019

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Santoni’s Sneaker Monks in Black Suede

I like monkstraps as dress shoes, but after seeing this sneaker variation by Santoni, I am questioning if I actually like them better as a plim sole smart shoe. When I saw these Santoni’s I was blown away. Everything about them, for me, was perfect. I love black suede. I love the leather piping instead of stitching on the apron. I love that they are all black, suede and sole. And I love that they […]

September 3, 2019

Get Any Shoe/Boot You Want with Enzo Bonafe

It has been a long time now that I see Enzo Bonafe making shoes that really don’t come from any collection but that are made to the precise specifications that the client asks for. That is pretty much the idea of bespoke but without the entire last/handmade from start to finish process.  You get to make your own design under their MTO program which in reality is pretty far advanced for a shoemaker to offer […]

September 2, 2019

New Shoes Listed on The Marketplace – Carmina, Lobb, Alden etc

There are some great new shoes, listed on The Marketplace, in all different sizes, makes, conditions and prices! Hurry before some of these great ones go quickly!! John Lobb chapel, uk10/us11 – lightly used with shoe trees for $863 plus shipping Carmina Shell Boots – uk10/us11 – very lightly used with toe taps/rubber bottoms for $300 plus shipping (crazy good deal here!!) Cobbler Union double monks – uk9.5/us10.5 – very lightly used with toe taps/rubber […]

A Breakdown of Shoe Pricing and What to Expect – Part 1

***Pics of shoes have nothing to do with the post, just for your eye candy*** There is a lot of confusion in the consumer’s eyes on what you should expect from a pair of shoes and I was hoping to clear that up for some of you as it is important to know what you will get from what you will pay for in a pair of shoes. So let’s break it down. I have […]

June 27, 2019

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Braided Loafers by Barbanera – Summer Wear Italian Style!

There are two things that I love: 1. Braided leather and 2. Unique Designs. The Schifano loafer by Barbanera gives us both of those things and is one of my favorite models released this Summer. The internet is filled with your typical suede penny loafers and as much as I appreciate them, I am quite bored of seeing the same thing on a different last shape by a different maker for a different price. And […]

Sartorial Talks – The Best Shoe Brands of 2019 (Part 1)

   Hugo Jacomet, of Parisian Gentleman, does the world a great service here by listing some of the top shoe brands the world has to offer. In his Sartorial Talks series, he gets on ‘The Best Shoe Brands in 2019’ and was so kind enough to reference myself, the blog, and my shoe brand. Thank you Hugo!! If you haven’t heard of Hugo yet, which I probably doubt is the reality, then you must […]

The Shoe Snob Marketplace – New Shoes Up and Growing!

The Shoe Snob Marketplace is gaining traction. More and more people are getting their shoes on there and we even have a few brands participating, one of them being Carlos Santos with a whole range of shoes. JM Legazel also has a few interesting one-off’s on there too. Some feedback that I have though is for the sellers and potential sellers. I see lots of people adding shoes but not a ton of sales and […]

May 15, 2019

Salvatore Ferragamo Wholecut Oxfords – Gancini Line

We often forget that some of the brands that are now considered ‘designer’ brands started off as one of the greats and actually paved the way for many other brands to adapt to the making and follow suit. Ferragamo is one of those brands. While they make the majority of their money from blake stitched and/or glued footwear, the truth is that they can still make a very well made shoe. And that well-made shoe […]

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 1, 2019

Ducal Firenze – Exciting Italian Creativity

While I am on the subject of impressive makers, one of my favorite Italian shoemakers that has gone under the radar for far too long, is Ducal Firenze.  I remember discovering them at Pitti Uomo Summer of 2014 (crazy how time flies as that feels like yesterday that I was there!) and being blown away by this shoemaker in an unassuming stall amongst the masses found at this trade show. I wrote a post about […]