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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, […]

February 6, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #2 – ALTAN BOTTIER

  To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE The 2nd shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2019 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that only now have they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of […]

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 2, 2019

Ascot Shoes to Bring Shoe Artist to Savile Row

Ascot Shoes has a new project and offering coming to their Savile Row presence at 13 Savile Row (shared with Stowers Bespoke and Lee Marsh Tailoring). What they claim as works of art and not just ‘patina’, it sounds as if we can expect greatness from this project. From the looks of the shoe in the hands of one very Stylish Trevor of Scabal, it would appear that the artist indeed has some serious skill […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 16, 2018

Tōramally Shoes – Handwelted out of India!

The world is fast changing and it is quite impressive and scary at the same time to be honest. Thanks and to much demise to the industry (i.e. the brands), we now as consumers have the world at our fingertips in just a few clicks. This is great for the consumer. Now more than ever have the choices to get what you want never been more accessible. Even the little mom’s and pop’s shoemakers that […]

February 28, 2018

Patina Croc Loafers via MTO by Septieme Largeur

As I get older, I start to like more and more crocodile/alligator products but still mainly limited to loafers and small details. What I am not crazy about is the overbearingness that exotic leather can sometimes give when it is say a wholecut oxford and doesn’t have any lines to break it up. That is why I like it in penny loafers and also why I tend to like it when it has a patina to […]

August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

September 13, 2016

Shoe Manufacturing – How Long it Really Takes – Part 1- Factories

If you go to certain countries in Asia, you can get bespoke shoes in a matter of days. If you get it from some reputable European and/or Japanese makers, it can take up to a year. So the question is, how long do shoes really take to make? Well let’s break it down. The manufacturing and bespoke processes are completely different so let’s look at each but in separate posts, call them part 1 and […]