The Shoe Snob Blog

November 9, 2020

Masayuki Kaneko – The Next Great Japanese Shoemaker

In the day and age of having information at your fingertips, it can almost become too much to absorb and sift through. Prior to IG, you really had to do some hard research to find great shoemakers spread across the planet. You had to use Google search and hope that some bloggers, like myself or Shoegazing, had written about some obscure maker that you had never heard of in order to continue your quest for […]

November 6, 2020

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My Daily Wears – Nov 6th

As we have fully immersed into Autumn, my boots have been at the forefront of my wardrobe selection. Ironically, today it up into the high 60’s, which is very strange for Weather in November in NYC. Stramge or not I took full advantage of it to have one last hoorah with light-colored trousers/suede loafers before they hit the closet not to be seen until March-ish. As you can see, jeans-wear is a big part of […]

November 4, 2020

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Blue Sharkskin Boots – Castez Ermili

I love to see the brain being creative and coming up with ideas never before executed. And these blue sharkskin boots by Argentinian shoemaker Castez Ermili (based in Mexico) show just that type of execution with all of the small details shown in the make up of this boot. Sharkskin has always fascinated me. I particularly like it in a burgundy, as I first saw it way back when, in the workshop of Stefano Bemer, […]

November 2, 2020

The Shoe Snob Unboxies Series – Winson Shoemaker

 Welcome to my latest unboxing video where I highlight a brand that I have been curious about for a while now and wanted to show to all of you as well as I think that many shoe aficionados have been curious about this brand too! Winson Shoemaker, hailing from Indonesia, is making some very exciting shoes these days and doing so at incredible, jaw-dropping prices. Learn more by watching the video If you have […]

October 30, 2020

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Gaziano & Girling – New Stock Model, Saddle Oxford

Gaziano & Girling has just launched an interesting, new oxford model that is available from today (although not yet live on the site, but able to be ordered via email). If you look at G&G’s history you will come to find that Tony Gaziano likes to design oxfords where the piece of leather that makes up the facing (where the laces are) sits on top of the vamp which is a unique design feature as […]

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 […]

October 26, 2020

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No Shoe Unsalvageable – Bedo’s Leatherworks

Bedo’s Leatherworks has done the unimaginable (but in a good way) and that is save a pair of shoes that has been annihilated by a dog’s mouth. Luckily this has never happened to me but I am sure that many dog owners, share some feelings of sad nostalgia towards seeing the featured photo. But instead of your heart sinking to your toes, be restful knowing that a shoe savior is only a trip to the […]

October 23, 2020

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Dedicate Your Shoes to Your Sports Team

Allen Trushkov of Cobbler’s Plus and Alberto Suastez of Patinaworksaz just made a very cool collaboration in which Allen added a custom sole with blue welt and yellow midsole and stitching and Alberto created the upper work, bringing to life a shoe dedicated to the University of Michigan Wolverines. I am not a huge sports fan since MJ left the game (as you recall my logo colors are red and black 😉 but know that […]

October 21, 2020

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Crockett & Jones A/W 2020 Collection – ‘Smart Casual’

The Crockett & Jones A/W 2020 collection is impressive, to say the least. It’s vast with an option for everyone and some pretty tasty new models, in particular the new strap boot, the Aldershot. So let us take a look at a collection that became very different from what they thought it would be prior to the world change, but had to take a turn into a new direction with all that is going on […]

October 19, 2020

Creative Loafer Design by Francis Waplinger

I have always loved the look of the Belgian style loafer design, but was never a huge fan of their traditional sole that was essentially built as a house slipper. Being a big loafer fan, in general, I was always waiting for someone to make that more mainstream in terms of a solid, dress shoe style that could be worn more ‘practically.’  And while I think that there have been a few brands that have […]