The Shoe Snob Blog

Leffot Archive

October 24, 2019

Written by , Posted in News

Contrast Soles

Steven Taffel of Leffot recently received his new pair of Hiro Yanagimachi chukkas boots and was kind enough to share it with the world and I am glad that he did. I was blown away by the beauty of this pair of chukkas. I have seen that brick colored sole before but mainly in that Dainite version. It is not common on a leather sole as it is a unique dye that needs to be […]

September 19, 2019

Written by , Posted in News

A Quick Trip to Leffot NYC

I took a quick pit stop into Leffot in NYC yesterday to say hello to Steven and see what they had on offer and was very happy to see many beautiful things in the shop. For those that do not know, Steven Taffel, who created Leffot in NYC, is one of the pioneers of the multi-brand shoe shops in the US that actually brought quality shoemakers like Aubercy, Gaziano & Girling, Norman Viltala etc (all […]

September 28, 2018

Written by , Posted in European, French, News, RTW Makers

Corthay NYC

  I was visiting the recent Corthay trunk show at Leffot and saw lots of new things on the table and collection at Corthay which was nice as I felt that they were slow to bring out new collections. And apparently they have a new US distribution and Showroom here in NYC in the hopes to vamp up the brand. Head of this operation is Randy Ferdergreen and it will be exciting to see the […]

Mythbuster — Corrected Grain Leather is Always Bad

You have probably heard the term corrected grain leather before and many of you may or may not understand what that actually means. So let’s talk about it and see if we can shed some light on it. Corrected grain leather is any leather whose surface has been altered in some sort of way or another in order to give it a certain appearance, one that is not natural to the actual hide. But this […]

August 18, 2017

Leffot ‘Pre-Owned Program’ – New Way of Recycling Shoes

It’s a new day and age in the retail shoe world, for Leffot has started something that no one else has before and it is quite interesting, to say the least. That being, in the ever-evolving world of retail and the online monster that we call reality, one needs to always stay on top of new ideas to stay afloat as there are always companies out there with great ideas that will make you look […]

June 28, 2017

Written by , Posted in News

Grades Of Shoe Craftsmanship

Bespoke shoes by Gaziano & Girling As I have stated before, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion as to how a shoe is made (whether by hand, machine or a bit of both), particularly due to the lack of knowledge from salesmen at retail stores, as well as the misrepresentation of words (such as ‘handmade’) printed on a shoe itself and/or the marketing of most brands. These two things, coupled with the […]

April 18, 2017

Written by , Posted in News

Additions To Your Sole

There is much debate on whether or not one should add things to his/her sole to make them last longer/protect from the elements. Some argue in favor of adding rubber/metal, others swear that it actually ruins your shoes in the long run. But who is right? Well, while my word is not fact, I will put my two cents in and break down both the for’s and against’s in order to come to a conclusion […]

News In The Industry – Things to Watch Out For!

New things are going on all of the time in the shoe industry but it is hard to keep up with it all so I have compiled a short list of things that I find relevant and hopefully what you guys might also appreciate. Hope that you enjoy at least one of the bits of news! Carmina launches wide width GMTO — Carmina has officially launched a EEE width GMTO collection which allows those with […]

January 25, 2017

Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

November 24, 2016

Written by , Posted in English, News, RTW Makers

Happy Thanksgiving + Shoes

First and foremost, I would like to wish all that celebrate, a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was always my favorite holiday, mainly because I literally got all of my family into one room (one part of it that is, my mother’s is mainly in Mexico) and secondly because the food was a treat. My great grandparents made the most amazing gravy and I would drizzle it onto my whole plate…..the good ‘ol days. And as sad […]