The Shoe Snob Blog

Carlos Santos Archive

October 29, 2018

Written by , Posted in European, News, RTW Makers

The Braided Sneaker

There are two things that I have been enjoying lately: 1. Braided leather/suede shoes and 2. Sneakers. In my ripe age of 34, I feel that I am becoming quite rigid in my mentality of what I want to wear these days. While I am sitting and writing this, I have a pair of navy calfskin balmoral boots with black suede uppers but feel that going so bold is just not quite in me anymore. […]

February 23, 2018

Written by , Posted in European, News, Other, RTW Makers

Carlos Santos w/ Darkened Brogueing

Even though it can look pretty cheap, I have always loved the accent of a brogueing that has been darkened to the rest of the shoe. For me, it adds character to what otherwise can be a boring shoe. And maybe it is just because I am not crazy about lighter leather shoes like tan and the like and think that adding such accent makes them more wearable. I mean, I wouldn’t probably do it […]

The London Super Trunk 2017 – The Results

As many of you may have read, I am soon moving to NYC. That being, I have been up to my eyeballs in sorting out my life here to have a seamless transition between countries. But what that means is that my time is quite limited for long blog posts and whatnot. Therefore, while I would have liked to make my own post about the London Super Trunk that Jesper and I put on, I […]

February 23, 2017

London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #2 – Carlos Santos for Skoaktiebolaget

Carlos Santos from Portugal has been around for several decades and are quite big in some parts of Europe and in Japan. But it wasn’t until the famous Swedish shoe store Skoaktiebolaget started carrying the brand that the menswear & shoe aficionados of the world got their eyes open to the very price-worthy shoes made in the large and effective factory hailing from Portugal’s shoe region São João da Madeira, just north of Porto. With a year of […]

February 6, 2017

Chukka Boots in Color?

I love a good chukka boot. But I have always mainly loved them in either suede or some sort of grain leather as I see chukka boots as something to wear casually i.e. with jeans, chinos, cords etc but not so much on a super smart level with a suit or anything like that. But the more that I see them in the wild (and online), the more that I am tempted by making them […]

September 1, 2016

Written by , Posted in Italian, News, RTW Makers, Spanish

New Faves from Skoaktiebolaget

I always love to see the new models and colorways that Skoaktiebolaget are coming out with for their super cool shop. Although they played it quite safe this A/W with mainly shoes in tones of browns, black and a few burgundy, some of the choices are quality in terms of style. I really love the whiskey cordovan that they used on many of their Enzo Bonafe models. It has a richness that I have not […]

May 16, 2016

Written by , Posted in European, News, RTW Makers

Carlos Santos for Herring Shoes

Carlos Santos is on the rise, so it would appear. Two major retailers in the industry picked them up this year and it seems that a once relatively unknown factory hailing from Portugal will start making major waves from 2016 onward. UK Retailer Herring Shoes who sells mainly UK brands, decided to have a go at another countries footwear and not only that but going rather bold with the offering in both color and design. […]

February 9, 2016

Written by , Posted in European, News, RTW Makers

Carlos Santos for Skoaktiebolaget

A lot of change is going on in the industry these days and I feel like there will be a huge revolution this year of smaller makers becoming more known and the giants that were previously powerhouses will soon start to have to fight for sales and they won’t come as easy as they have in the past. And part of it is thanks to stores like Skoaktiebolaget (and the like) who are out there […]

April 27, 2015

Written by , Posted in News, Patina Artists

Bryan Cuero of Brogue Geneva

  The art of patina is always spreading and one that deserves recognition is Bryan Cuero, who holds his residence at Brogue shoe shop in Geneva. While I don’t know him personally (not yet, but plan to soon if I manage to convince Brogue to allow me to do a trunk show in Geneva), he seems to be a sharp young guy with a good head and a strong passion for patina work as he […]