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French Patina Artists Archive

September 25, 2013

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Clairvoy – Last of the Independent French Bespoke Shoemakers?

A name you probably have never heard of (except maybe the once that I wrote about them way back when) that makes spectacular shoes in the typically French flair fashion, is Clairvoy. Having made their mark in bespoke shoes,both men and women dating back to 1945, it was only until recently that they decided to embark upon a men’s RTW collection. Something new to my ears as I had thought that they were still strictly […]

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 […]

July 11, 2013

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Paulus Bolten – Flame On!!

You can always count on a patina artist to blow the socks off the crowd by creating a fire breathing shoe, and that is exactly what Paulus Bolten did just here in a recent collaboration with Ferrari (if I read the French script right). There are not too many color combinations more bold than red and yellow and while I hesitate to say that I myself would even rock these bad boys, I can certainly […]

April 12, 2013

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Words Can’t Describe….

I have always been envious of this boot by Septieme Largeur. First because they are simply and utterly amazing and secondly because I did not think of them myself!! Nevertheless, I always admire seeing what kind of color combinations that they come up with, and it’s even better when it’s done in a patina form as the options are then not only a bit more wild but also unique and thus intriguing. Seeing as how […]

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 […]

December 18, 2012

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Landry Lacour – Something Different

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Landry Lacour, a French patina artist, working out of Belgium. He passed by G&H to put a long time web relationship to rest, and thus commence a personal one. He was a very nice gentleman, who obviously loved shoes and what he does to them. He explained to me that more than just adding a patina to a shoe, what he does is like […]

November 15, 2012

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Paulus Bolten To The Rescue!!!

It truly is amazing to see how a shoe can be transformed from rubbish bin status, to practically brand new with a little dye and polish. And there are not too many people more skilled than my friend Paulus Bolten, who I have seen many times take the worst of them (shoes) and restore back to things of beauty, as he did here. While there aren’t too many people capable of this type of restoration […]

October 31, 2012

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Some More Patina Greatness….More Art Than Shoe!

† There aren’t many shoes that I would be afraid to wear, but in the case of this model above (by Corthay), I think that I would just might have to leave it sitting in a glass case, for fear of ever ruining that amazing patina. And while many of the more practical people in the world, may look at this and think, “who the f*** would wear that?”, I am thinking, “Who the in […]

October 15, 2012

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Septieme Largeur Fall/Winter Product

A trip to Paris is not complete without me giving Septieme Largeur a visit to see what they have been cooking up! And it just so happened that a lot of their Fall/Winter 2012 product was coming in and I had the chance to take a couple of snaps for all of you to preview. I never tire of this brand because there is always something fresh to see, whether it’s a new patina color/variation […]

September 8, 2012

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The Adelaide by Septieme Largeur

I have never bothered to research the following, but it just occurred to me how curious I am about the person that invented all of the pattern pieces to a shoe. That being: the facing, the heel counter, the cap, the vamp and the quarters. (come to think about it, I may have read this in Lazslo Vass’ book, but I can’t be sure…..) The aesthetic of each piece can be highlighted or muted depending […]