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June 27, 2019

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Braided Loafers by Barbanera – Summer Wear Italian Style!

There are two things that I love: 1. Braided leather and 2. Unique Designs. The Schifano loafer by Barbanera gives us both of those things and is one of my favorite models released this Summer. The internet is filled with your typical suede penny loafers and as much as I appreciate them, I am quite bored of seeing the same thing on a different last shape by a different maker for a different price. And […]

February 1, 2019

Ducal Firenze – Exciting Italian Creativity

While I am on the subject of impressive makers, one of my favorite Italian shoemakers that has gone under the radar for far too long, is Ducal Firenze.  I remember discovering them at Pitti Uomo Summer of 2014 (crazy how time flies as that feels like yesterday that I was there!) and being blown away by this shoemaker in an unassuming stall amongst the masses found at this trade show. I wrote a post about […]

January 14, 2019

Edhen Milano – New Brand Doing Things Differently

  There is new-ish, young Italian brand doing some very bold and interesting things. And their name is Edhen Milano. What first caught my eye was their take on the double monk loafer, as popularized by Santoni some years back. Then what got me really looking was their take on the Butterfly loafer, as seen above. I liked the pairing between suede and leather and even more so the burnishing on the brogueing bits which I […]

January 11, 2019

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The Wholecut Single Monk by Paolo Scafora

Seeing new designs and patterns always makes me excited. My favorite part about being a shoe designer is making samples and seeing a design come to life. But of course as I dont have all of the ideas in the world, I also love to see new things created by other brilliant makers too. Paolo Scafora is a brilliant ideas guy. He makes some next level design and this wholecut single monk is one of […]

Fusion Cowboy Boots – The Modern Trend

Using the traditional Cowboy boot features but blending modern design details to the boots seems to be all of the rage these days as I am starting to see more and more makers getting on board with it. Bestetti having a history in bootmaking as his first dive in handmade footwear, is starting to come stronger and stronger with RTW versions of his old craft. And it’s great, as I think that sometimes traditional makers […]

September 13, 2018

Diamond Cut Cap Toes by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget

A suede shoe is usually seen as your more casual option of footwear as the rough texture doesn’t lend itself to a shine or a sleek look like calfskin does. But for me it also matters the pattern of the shoe. This very sleek diamond cut cap toe adelaide by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget to me is very dressy looking. I would put this under any suit and think that the man wearing these is […]

August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

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’  

April 11, 2018

Bestetti Double Monk Done Differently

  The double monk came on the scene a few years back and hit it hard in popularity. The problem is that everyone did the same model and every brand’s version looked nearly identical. It was actually kind of funny how almost no one thought to do it differently until in reality, the popularity of the double monk fell off a bit. Now it is just a classic model that you either buy because you […]

March 19, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #7 — Paolo Scafora

  Paolo Scafora is based in Naples, Italy, and was founded by Gennaro Scafora, who named the company after his son. Today, Paolo Scafora runs the company with his name attached to it. Originally they had been known for a very Italian style of shoemaking, with very daring patinas, wide sole edges and a characteristically extreme square toe. In recent years, however, they have diversified their style, still distinctly Italian shoes, but with more classically styled last shapes and tighter […]