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May 22, 2015

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Huang Niu – The Last Bespoke Maker out of China

Great and well made shoes can come from anywhere and even though China gets a bad rap for making things that are cheap and of poor quality, that is not to say that everything that comes out of there is of the same caliber. For example, Huang Niu, better known on Instagram as @wanmenxiedao is among a dying breed of the true, handmade bespoke shoemakers that are left in China (of Chinese origin, Masaura Okuyama […]

May 18, 2015

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New Bespoke On The Block – Nicholas Templeman

It is always interesting to see how a shoemaker will branch out from where they came and how their making will be different to that of the parent company (the one that taught them). The best example is Japanese shoemakers that come to Europe, learn in England or Italy and then go back to Japan and take what they learned, building upon it to make it even better. This is precisely what Nicholas Templeman seems to […]

April 24, 2015

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Saint Crispins Launches at Skoaktiebolaget

Saint Crispins just launched at Skoaktiebolaget and I think that it is great for all parties involved. What I like most is that Skoab (as they are know for short) is always creating things that are slightly different so I greatly look forward to their exclusive make ups. That being, great content on TSS to come!! And I still haven’t forgot, but I will soon do my write up on my SC boots that I […]

January 26, 2015

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Edward Green At Pitti Uomo 87

  Another stop that I always make is the Edward Green stand and this time I saw something very interesting stuff, including this boot above, which I believe was a design of theirs from the early 1900’s that they are reinventing! Among others was the addition of some nice green semi brogues and some lovely spectator two tones in blue. It was nice to see EG branching out a bit, quite contrary to the comments […]

November 14, 2014

Varied Colors by Paolo Scafora

Putting multiple colors in one shoe is never easy. Doing it well is even harder, particularly when there is more than 2 colors involved. Of course, with patina these days it seems not quite as magical especially as it is becoming more and more prevalent within the shoe industry. What I liked about this Paolo Scafora model is that the patina is so subtle that it almost looks unintentional as if it aged that way. […]

October 27, 2014

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Green is Good!

I just stumbled upon this picture of the Gaziano & Girling ‘Gable’ model and could not help but be enamored with it. I was never that fond of the ‘Gable’ model in it’s stock color of dark brown and on G&G’s ever popular TG73 last (the chisel toe). However, after seeing it in this lovely shade of green on the DG70 last (my favorite one), I have now come to look at it in a […]

September 5, 2014

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Dandy Shoe Care Trunk Show at Skoaktiebolaget

It would appear that as time goes on the idea of the patination of shoes becomes more and more prevalent within the shoe industry. Putting modern ideas on classic shoes is probably my absolute favorite concept as I love the designs of yesteryear but hate the idea of being stuck to the classic color offerings (i.e. black/brown/tan etc.). So seeing things like this always makes me happy as I feel that it is yet just […]

April 10, 2014

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Something To Look At

Dear Readers, I am sorry but I am not so inspired to write today. Just one of those days, you know?! Anyway, hopefully some of these pictures can make up for my lack of writing. I hope that you all have a great day and I will be back tomorrow with something hopefully a bit more inspiring. Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”  

December 7, 2013

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New J.FitzPatrick Exclusives & A/W2013 Shoes In!

Dear Readers, Okay, so finally my A/W2013 stock has come in and is now available for purchase either through my company or by coming into Gieves & Hawkes (soon to be Timothy Everest in Feb/March 2014) in London. As an update to the way in which I can take payment, I no longer require people to have to have a Paypal account in order to conduct a transaction. I can now take card payments. Hopefully […]