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July 17, 2013

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The Shoe Snob Jr Has Arrived (plus some shoes!)

Well my friends, the reason that I have had a long absence is due the fact that on Monday morning yours truly become a father to his first born child, little Mr. Shoe Snob Jr. As you can see he already has a pair of darby cap toes, with a nice heel counter and funky looking facing! On a serious note though, fatherhood is a true blessing and I am so glad to be finally […]

June 6, 2013

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New Septieme Largeur Shop in Paris + New Models!

Septieme Largeur have been up to a lot these days and I must say that it is all quite impressive. Just recently they opened up their second shop in Paris, in the area of the Left Bank (see website for details/address). I have yet to see it in person, but from the pictures it seems to be modeled (nearly identically) after their original location on St. Lazare. Not only have they expanded their company to […]

May 31, 2013

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Japanese Shoemaking Shoe Porn (At it’s finest my friends)

Anybody fancy donating me a round trip ticket from London to Tokyo? Because I really just can’t handle it anymore, I have to go!!! Seriously, there is nothing really more that I can say to describe the phenomenal work that Japanese shoemakers do. The detailing on this spectator above is beyond earthly description. I mean even if you did not like spectators or two toned shoes, one could simply not say that they don’t appreciate […]

May 30, 2013

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Shoe Wardrobe Envy

Some guys get a bit of money, buy themselves a nice car, a nice watch, a monstrous TV or some other expensive gadget, but like this guy, I would just buy myself a bunch of shoes and an amazing wardrobe to house them all. Seriously, to need a ladder just to reach the top shelf of your wardrobe is simply on another level. His ceilings must be at least 15-20ft high, which is simply something […]

May 21, 2013

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Spring/Summer 2013 Scarpe di Bianco Goodness

What I really like about Scarpe di Bianco is the fact that they have new models to drool over each season. Most shoe companies of this level don’t have such frequent new offerings, which makes it so that you have to chose from their ever-current stock, unless that is that they have a brilliant MTO program, which makes it so that you can have a new thing under the sun anytime that you wanted. But […]

April 18, 2013

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Meermin Navy Suede Monks

Dear Readers, Sorry that I have missed out two days on the posting but I forgot to tell you on Monday that I was heading to my factory the next day, which is why I have not been able to write anything, especially as I can´t figure out how to load images on my tablet (friggin technology!!). That being, I have managed to sneek away 10 minutes in order to share some lovely shoes with […]

March 18, 2013

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Underrated Greats: Scarpe di Bianco

When one thinks of the greats, there is a list that comes to mind that I think is quite standard. But, I feel that as time goes on, that list while staying relatively the same, should have some people added to it. Some of you may remember that a while back I reviewed a Scarpe di Bianco shoe and was thoroughly impressed by the craftsmanship of them. I think that there is almost a trend […]

January 25, 2013

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Gaziano & Girling x Kevin Seah – First Singapore Trunk Show

Gaziano & Girling will be hosting their first ever trunk show in Singapore, one week from today (Feb.1st) , in association with Kevin Seah Bespoke. The show will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel and will go until the 2nd of February. At the trunk show, Gaziano & Girling will be showcasing the release of their new formal/evening collection (shown below). The new models will currently be available on a Made-To-Order or Bespoke basis […]

January 8, 2013

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One Of My Favorite Double Monks

One thing that I really like about Alfred Sargent is the fact that they love to take on fun ideas. What I mean by that is that they are frequently doing collaborations with stores or forums to produce something that is either specially requested or mutually designed for an exclusive purchasing. One of their continuous collaborators is webstore ‘A Fine Pair of Shoes‘, of which their famous Cooper model is a favorite of mine (particularly […]

December 31, 2012

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Next Year In The Shoe Industry…..

Crockett & Jones – Courtesy of Ethan Desu’s old blog (now Rugged Old Salt) It wasn’t too long ago that Crockett & Jones predominantly focused on private labeling (aka making shoes for other brands) and did not really put as much emphasis into their own brand. Of course they had shops and all, but not nearly as many as they do now. But one day an employee of theirs said, “why don’t we start focusing […]