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December 27, 2018

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Calzoleria Oscura Shoes

There is a new outfit in town and when I say ‘town’ I mean Milan, Italy. You might see the boot above very reminiscent of Riccardo Bestetti’s gladiator pattern and well that is because Calzoleria Oscura is comprised of the makers that used to work for Riccardo himself before his passing. Deciding to move on, the new company went out and started their own venture taking with them what they learned from the late, great […]

Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

May 30, 2018

Shoes of the Month – Bespoke Balmoral Oxfords by Enrile

I have been following Enrile (Antonio Enrile) for a few years now and have been impressed with his progression as a bespoke shoemaker, hailing out of Seville, Spain. His designs were always intriguing but at first, I was not crazy about the last shapes, all too often being very bulbous. But nonetheless, there was potential for greatness through the perseverance of trade and cool designs. Today, Enrile has shown me his best piece of work […]

May 1, 2018

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Francis Waplinger – The American Bespoke Shoemaker

While having no real proof of this next statement, I can confidently say that now more than ever is a time for aspiring shoemakers. And I believe that global communication i.e. the internet has been the key factor to making this phenomenon grow so vast in the last 10 years. You wouldn’t believe how many people have written me saying that they want to get into bespoke shoemaking and look to me for advice on […]

Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

February 19, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #2 — THE SABOT

The webshop The Sabot offer a wide variety of shoes that are very unique to their shop. Their own Private Label range made by Antonio Meccariello are Goodyear welted, have closed channeled soles and a slim bevelled waist, and overall very high attention to detail of the finish for a pair of shoes starting at about £434/€495 (4,800 SEK). They also have Antonio Meccariello’s own range, the Argentum Dux, made to a higher standard with a Goodyear technique […]

Norman Vilalta – New Handmade ‘1202 Heritage Collection’

It’s always great to see creativity at work and to see what people are coming up with, in this ever-changing world of shoes. One of the latest and greatest to arrive to the industry is Norman Vilalta’s new completely handmade shoe collection, the ‘1202 Heritage.’ Fusing his bespoke shoemaking background with a semi Ready Made product for you to buy at the drop of a dime is Norman’s latest idea to give people the best of […]

December 21, 2017

Next Level Shoe Design – Riccardo Bestetti

Shoe design, while not terribly complicated, is not very easy when it comes to making something different, yet still elegant and wearable. I know that I have said it a million times, but it is just one of those things you have to say when you see something to terrifically different and cool. You see that a lot of thought when into this pattern, from the dips in each section of the shoe (cap, counter […]

December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]