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February 15, 2019

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World Championships in Shoe Shining and Patina Finalists – London Super Trunk Show 2019

  An American, a Japanese and a Russian in the shoe shining contest, and a Polish, a Frenchman, and a British Gent in the patina competition. These are the finalists of the world champs contests taking place during the London Super Trunk Show on March 23. See their submissions below. You may read all about the London Super Trunk Show in this article, and great if you can visit the event’s Facebook page and let […]

January 28, 2019

Chris Dillon – Your “American Patina” Option

  First and foremost, Chris Dillon aka American Patina is a great guy. I met him 5 years ago at my first US trunk show at Leffot in NYC. He was a big supporter of The Shoe Snob Blog and while he didn’t come to buy shoes, he did come to show his support and meet me in person. What I will never forget is him asking me if I liked Sub sandwiches. I said […]

January 25, 2019

World Championship in Shoe Shine & Patina – London Super Trunk Show

We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina, both contests organized together with Saphir. Finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on March 23, 2019. The patina finalists will paint their shoes during the duration of the event, and the shoe shiners have 20 minutes to shine one shoe as beautiful as possible.

January 16, 2019

Fusing Dress + Casual = Septieme Largeur

The traditional dress shoe is a harder and harder sell these days. People don’t want leather soles, they ‘want to be comfortable.’ People can rock up to work in their jeans nowadays. And this is a corporate job we are talking about. Most guys want to thus wear something more casual due to this. Why wear a dress shoe when you can go casual? This is what they ask themselves. Sometimes, being ‘The Shoe Snob,’ I […]

October 5, 2018

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The Stripped Patina by Yim Shoemaker

I am not going to lie and say that this shoe by Yim Shoemaker out of China, is the most practical shoe or style of patina but when I saw this picture I fell in love with it. First, I am really admiring adelaides these days. Secondly, the pattern + last combo is outrageously well done and beautiful. And finally, it is simply super frickin’ unique and just outright cool in my humble opinion. I […]

September 12, 2018

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Unique Patina by The Shine of Poland

  I always appreciate a unique patina. And while this one is not so out of this world different in terms of skill, it is unique to what you commonly see among Patina artists. The Shine, a Polish patina/shoe shine service that also sells shoes, is becoming for me one of Europe’s more exciting Patina artists. If you gander through the Instagram account you can see the growth of their skill and range of patina’s […]

August 20, 2018

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Simple is Beautiful – Stephane Jimenez

Sometimes the best pair of shoes is a simple pair of shoes. When I say simple, I mean a simple pattern, style, cut etc. But nothing is more boring than a flat and lifeless color so the way the shoe looks in terms of leather style/choice/color is very important. And that is preciously what attracted me to this exquisite pair of bespoke oxfords by Stephane Jimenez, of France. I am a pure sucker for a […]

August 15, 2018

June 6, 2018

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Adidas ‘Stan Smith’ – Patina Style! — Les Cireurs Parisiens

In the home of Patina, France (Paris to be exact), there is a group of gents, called Les Cireurs Parisiens, not only giving patina’s to any Joe’s shoes, but specializing in doing so on the classic Stan Smith shoe by Adidas. An iconic model without a doubt, the Stan Smith becomes immensely enhanced with a bit of unique coloring added to it. That is why these photos immediately caught my eye and interest. I always […]

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]