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May 26, 2016

The Shoe’s Beginning – Ivan Crivellaro

  It’s quite interesting to see how the patina of an Ivan Crivellaro shoe will take form, especially on the ones that have so many pieces of leather to them all with different ideas, such as these two do. Here Ivan shows us how some of his shoes are prepared for such intricate finished patinas. But not all shoes are done like this I am sure, as I presume that he will also do patina […]

April 13, 2016

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Mario Bemer Bespoke

The side profile of Mario Bemer’s bespoke shoes are always flawless in my eyes. Now when I say flawless normally I am talking about the making side but in Mario’s shoes, not only do I mean the making but mainly I am talking about the shoes pattern and details in absolute proportion. You see the Japanese makers will have flawless craftsmanship but the proportions to their shoes and patterns are not always there for me. […]

March 7, 2016

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Bontoni ‘Incanto’ for Bergdorf Goodman

  Last time I was in NYC (Nov ’15), I took my typical stroll from Leffot in the Village, up to 6th and about 40th or so, across to 5th and then up to Bergdorfs and I saw this shoe by Bontoni. —This is my usual routine when I get to NYC. It not only allows me to take the city for all of its glory with a nice 50-block walk, but is also the perfect […]

September 4, 2015

Bestetti New RTW Chukka Boot

  Bestetti seems to be in the workshop day and night working not only on all of his bespoke orders but apparently the release of new models for his RTW collection. Here he goes for a classic chukka boot but with a few twists here and there. First and foremost, he plays off of the ‘as of late’ popularity of the apron stitch, putting a nice handstitched one on that dark brown suede model (probably […]

August 6, 2015

Riccardo Bestetti Now at Spiga3 in Gothenburg

  Well, it’s official. Bestetti can now be bought at the click of a mouse (or touch pad) on your computer, all thanks to Spiga3, whom have just introduced the legendary maker into their shop in Gothenburg, Sweden. I am quite pleased about this too as it presents a nice alternative in the online footwear scene. And it would appear that everyone is trying to get someone new in their shop, that no one else […]

August 3, 2015

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Green = Next Year’s Color

  I have some gut feeling that Green is the color of 2016. I see more and more companies using it for their shoes and more and more people buying it (at least from what I see online, not so much in the streets!). I do intend to have at least one green shoe in my collection as I once had and know that for sure one will be in this new, beautiful green suede […]

May 11, 2015

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Meccariello Madness (Or Should I Say Greatness?!)

It is truly amazing when a client works with a bespoke maker to create something unique and even more amazing when it’s never been done before and still comes out like a work of art. And I must say that the gentleman that helped to create these stunning Antonio Meccariello ghillie spectators (as well as the green boots that I featured a while back HERE) is a man who taste  in shoes makes me think […]

September 4, 2014

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Sutor Mantellassi at Pitti Uomo

I have been quite ill these past few days and thus left myself a bit behind in emails, sending out shoes etc and of course this leaves me with limited time to write on the blog, as per usual. But I thought for those of you who are interested in braided footwear, would appreciate seeing what was on offer at the stand of Sutor Mantellassi at the last Pitti Uomo. Having been always curious about […]

August 14, 2014

Ducal – A Florentine Delight!

It’s amazing what brands are in Italy that are still quite small and unknown. One of those brands is a Florentine one called Ducal, which I happened to stumble upon while at Pitti Uomo. I am quite glad that I did too, because I was so immensely impressed by not only the quality but also the design. Things that I saw there were simply amazing, particularly this braided double monk above. And for the record, […]

August 4, 2014

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Antonio Meccariello Shoes – Exquisite!

  I think that this is the first time that I have posted the shoes of Antonio Meccariello on The Shoe Snob blog and for many of you that know of the brand, you might be wondering what took me so long to finally do so. Like Saint Crispins, Antonio Meccariello is a brand that has been around for a little while now, but all of the sudden took the blogosphere/shoe industry by storm. On […]