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May 6, 2020

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Unique Chelsea Boots by Antonio Meccariello

Prior to being a chelsea boot lover, admittedly I was a chelsea boot hater. There were two issues that were blocking my train of thought in that time (about 6-8 years ago). I found that most chelsea boots in the industry at the time used more robust, overly rounded lasts (in my opinion). Being someone of short to average stature, I never found that this look suited my way of dress or body frame. On […]

April 15, 2020

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Unique Adelaides by Antonio Meccariello

I love seeing adelaides reinvented. And it is occurring more and more as adelaides gain more and more popularity in the shoe industry. Now, if you are a shoe brand and you dont have an adelaide oxford on offer you are missing a trick whereas 10 years ago, it would have been normal to not have one in the collection. Times have changed. And thankfully so. @thatguysshoes of Instagram has recently commissioned one of the […]

March 25, 2020

New Bonafe’s, VASS and Carlos Santos on The Marketplace

There has been a lot of new shoes listed on The Marketplace. Some very cool ones as well, such as these Enzo Bonafe’s in blue bison/calf. I know that purchasing is at an all-time low in these times of certainty, but sharing is at an all-time high, so thought I would at least let all of you know what’s been updated in the recent weeks at The Shoe Snob Marketplace All of the shoes shown […]

March 11, 2020

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Monkstrap Butterfly Loafers

You can always count on Italian creativity to come up with something no one else has. Santoni started this trend of reinventing the double monk idea by making it a slip on essentially with the classic crossover double buckle strap on the cut of a loafer model. Now Paolo Scafora does something even more thoughtful by adding straps to the butterfly loafer model. While some might find this purely aesthetic this actually is quite practical […]

March 6, 2020

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2020 – BRAND SHOWCASE #3: PAOLO SCAFORA

For those that do not know, Paolo Scafora, is one of the most well known and trusted manufacturers of high quality footwear in Italy. Many of you may not have heard of him because prior to a few years ago, Paolo mainly concentrated on the Asian markets and private label for some of the biggest and most famous fashion brands the world has known. But in order to really show the world who he is, […]

February 23, 2020

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The Kudu Collection by Barbanera

During my trip to Lineapelle to source some cool, new things for my shoe brand I had a quick visit to see my friends at Barbanera, in Milan. While there I was able to see their latest Kudu collection, with a penny loafer, an adelaide brogue and their famous modern Cowboy Boots! The shoes/loafers are currently on sale as we speak, the brogues at €295 and the loafers at €345. Both great prices for the […]

January 30, 2020

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Santoni Double Monk Loafer in Blue Alligator – Stunners!

I have never known how to feel about these double monk loafers by Santoni. I am quite that on my foot I won’t like them. But when I see them in pictures and on others I am drawn to them. It is funny liking something elsewhere but not on yourself. I guess it’s simply my deep appreciation for footwear but simply not loving how each model would suit my own personal style. So I saw […]

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 […]