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Mens Style Archive

March 31, 2020

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Purple Kiltie Monks by Paul Parkman

2019 showed us a lot of Purple shoes. As Instagram grows, and people’s closets do too, we found that purple shoes came around more so then than any time before. Once you get enough black’s, brown’s and burgundy’s in your wardrobe you start thinking about the other possibilities that can be achieved. It would appear that this happened to many, as my own brand did at least 5-10 purple MTO shoes in 2019. And I […]

March 18, 2020

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Teal Boots by Carlos Santos for The Noble Shoe

It’s not often that you see the color Teal used in footwear but I think that it is one of the nicest colors out there. The subtle mix of blue and green to create a hue that I find quite appealing and attractive and easily worn with most other things. Apparently, the owner of The Noble Shoe thought the same when he made this pair for himself. Always trying out new things, I believed that […]

March 17, 2020

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Cool Museum Patina by CNES Shoemaker

I found a really cool photo on Facebook of the rough patina process (when I say rough, I mean minimal steps shown) courtesy of one of the workers of CNES Shoemaker. Vietnamese shoemaker, CNES shoemaker, has been coming out with some exciting stuff lately and this just adds to the excitement. I only wished they took this one step further and showed a picture with the patinating of this same shoe in as many colors […]

February 28, 2020

London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #2: Norman Vilalta

Our 2nd showcase is none other than my good friend, Norman Vilalta, one of the shoemakers I most respect in this industry. Norman is one of the only brands that has been with us for each year of the event and is always a favorite at the show, which comes as no surprise being that Norman always has new things on offer, great ideas and shoes that no one else does! Norman will surely have […]

February 10, 2020

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Crockett & Jones Cottesmore – A Suede Jodhpur Setting the Bar!

I have never believed that a boot needed to be worn only through the months of Autumn/Winter although this is how they are always marketed and sold. I can understand this if you live in a tropical climate for 100% of the year but for the rest of us city folk who even if we live in a hot place (like NYC in the Summer) often times spend a lot of our time in an […]

December 16, 2019

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Le Major Dome – Boots with a Swiss Twist

Swiss shoemaker, Le Major Dome, definitely does design differently. And we all know how much I appreciate that. And one aspect of that idea is their boot design, which is very much unlike other class welted shoemakers. And as many of you will also know, I am very much a boot guy so always appreciate seeing new ideas of how to execute this very important part of the shoe industry! The highlighted boot (at the […]

May 6, 2019

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The New Dress Shoe – Paul Parkman

The world of shoes and what men wear has drastically changed in recent times. It actually started like 10-15 years ago but has recently taken full on effect in the past few years and today is miles different to what once was. Sometimes I ask myself if I was apart of this? The Shoe Snob Blog is/was the largest dress shoe blog in the world at one point. It might just still be but people […]

May 2, 2019

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The Green Sock – Takes You a Long Way

All photos courtesy of Mes Chaussettes Rouges The 3 socks I predominantly wear are black, navy and green. Most might find that strange. The obvious 3rd choice for 90% of men is probably grey. But truth be told, I think that the green sock actually complements more outfits (without being ostentatious) almost as much as navy does. When it comes to leather colors found on shoes that are the stardard form of dress, there are […]

January 12, 2019

Discontinuing Models at 30% off – #3 The Leavenworth

The 3rd shoe being highlighted in our Discontinuing Models series is none other than our Leavenworth Ghillie brogue in the Dark Museum Calf and Snuff Suede on the SEA last. This is actually one of my favorite models in the collection. I find that it looks good with almost anything, literally. It’s smart enough to wear with a flannel suit for Winter but also not so stuffy that you can’t pair it with a nice set […]

November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanagimachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]