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June 13, 2019

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Floral Prints by Ducal Firenze

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! I have always had a soft spot for floral prints. When I was younger, I used to buy floral print (subtle ones) shirts from Banana Republic, back when doing so was the cool thing to do (i.e circa 20 years ago). I also had a dark brown leather engraved floral print loafer from Donald Pliner. I loved these so much a bought a half size too small and […]

May 27, 2019

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Spring Cleaning – Shoes I am Getting Rid Of

I have recently moved apartment and decided that with the move, I also needed to get rid of a lot of stuff as I simply have way too many shoes and clothes and want to make my life a lot more simple. So here is the beginning of that quest to get rid of stuff. I have yet to fully shine all of these and present them with proper photography to get up on The […]

May 21, 2019

Graziat Taipei – Newcomers on the Block Making Noise!

Here is the start of many new Asian companies that will grace the pages of The Shoe Snob Blog. It is a new era in shoemaking and places like Vietnam and Shanghai are quickly gaining ground in making some very high-quality footwear. And you will start to see more and more of this in the future as brands are popping out left and right. The one highlighted here is Graziat Taipei, who specializes in patina, […]

March 8, 2019

Going Bold for Friday Festivities – Baudoin & Lange

I don’t really dress as bold as I used to. Not sure if it’s laziness, that I am getting older and just don’t care anymore about much other than making my thought process less stressful so just resort to simple colors or the fact that my tastes are actually changing. I think the latter is probably the least likely as I still appreciate seeing men go bold, like our good friend Sanjay here of @windowstomysole […]

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 […]

November 29, 2018

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A/W Loafers by Crockett & Jones

People don’t usually think of loafers in the Winter but they should not go slept on for an entire season unless you live in places like Canada or Russia where the snowfall is more common than not. But for those of you in places like California or the warmer climates that don’t really see a temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, I don’t see why a loafer can’t be warm on one of those chilly yet […]

October 17, 2018

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Penny Loafers – Classic Round Toe or Modern Elongated Toe?

The penny loafer is the most classic style of loafer there is. And probably my least favorite as I personally prefer a butterfly or wholecut version. But I am not the end all be all as most of the world still loves a good ‘ol fashioned Penny strap version. But the question now is which version is more preferred by the people: the classic round last or the modern elongated toe? I have always preferred […]

August 14, 2018

The Bit Loafer – Making a Comeback

The bit loafer is making a comeback and so far, I am somewhat impressed with what I have seen, particularly by Carmina’s version of one. To be quite honest, I never liked the classic Gucci one as I found the last to be over round, the apron to be atrocious and the rugged sole unfit for a loafer. I never understood how it became so popular. It was the reason why I hated bit loafers. […]

August 8, 2018

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Deconstructed Summer Loafers by Meermin

I am not personally a fan of deconstructed shoes but I really like the look of these Meermin loafers that they created for the Summer season. I know that come Summer and those hotter months, many people live in their deconstructed shoes so thought a lot of you could appreciate these. The classic colors were used here which is the safe option but it would have been cool to see at least a navy suede […]