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November 14, 2016

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MTO John Lobb William – Brilliant!!

Just in case you can’t tell, that is green pebble grain on the left….beautiful! The other day I was frequenting my favorite street, Jermyn St. (as I often do), seeing what the haps was on the latest and greatest. I walked by John Lobb’s shop and was blown away by what I was seeing in their window display. Not only was there red suede double monks, but even more unique and impressive was the deep […]

June 20, 2016

Norman Vilalta Colored Grain Loafers

The first time I saw these colored grain loafers, I knew that they were going to be successful and the fact that Norman Vilalta was presenting them at Pitti means that it must have become true. It would appear that demand has been high for them so I believe that Norman is putting them into a regular RTW rotation. The question is which color will be the most popular? My heart always goes out towards […]

May 9, 2016

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The Beauty of a Good Background

Ever since starting my shoe line I have become more and more interested in photography as a form of art. It is quite amazing how the smallest details can really enhance a photo and vice versa, how the smallest details can also ruin a photo. I saw this photo on Instagram of a bespoke sample by Stefano Bemer and was blown away not only by the shoe but mainly by the photography itself (as the […]

February 24, 2014

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Gaziano & Girling’s New Shoe Factory

I just recently had the time and the pleasure of getting myself up to the infamous town of Kettering to finally see the new Gaziano & Girling factory. I have been meaning to do this for awhile now, but with the little man to take care of on weekends, I don’t often find the time to get away. But I managed to knock out a few birds with one stone and blame the business for […]

September 26, 2013

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Meermin’s Green Cordovan Monks

I have never really been one of those people who was absolutely enamored with the idea of cordovan leather. I always felt, “gosh that is a high price for some stiff leather.” But it seems to be popular for a reason and when one puts a bit of thought into it, he/she must see that there has to be something special about it which thus makes it so popular. The Spanish makers seem to have […]

September 16, 2013

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Stefano Bemer Is Back!! And Coming to London!

  While unfortunately the name of the title of this post is more figuratively speaking (and thus not literal), it still goes without saying that the Stefano Bemer name and company is now coming to London to take orders on bespoke footwear, for the very first time. It was always a hope of mine that Stefano’s brand and name would grow outside of his lovely home town of Florence, Italy and the few other places […]

July 25, 2013

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What I am Working On

I am a bit busy here in Spain so can’t really write much but just thought that I would share with you what I am working on while here. Not everything you see in this post will be available right away, but some of them will be coming this winter, like the new suedes!! Hope that you all enjoy what you see….great things coming soon!! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

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 […]