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July 17, 2013

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The Shoe Snob Jr Has Arrived (plus some shoes!)

Well my friends, the reason that I have had a long absence is due the fact that on Monday morning yours truly become a father to his first born child, little Mr. Shoe Snob Jr. As you can see he already has a pair of darby cap toes, with a nice heel counter and funky looking facing! On a serious note though, fatherhood is a true blessing and I am so glad to be finally […]

July 11, 2013

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Paulus Bolten – Flame On!!

You can always count on a patina artist to blow the socks off the crowd by creating a fire breathing shoe, and that is exactly what Paulus Bolten did just here in a recent collaboration with Ferrari (if I read the French script right). There are not too many color combinations more bold than red and yellow and while I hesitate to say that I myself would even rock these bad boys, I can certainly […]

May 3, 2013

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The Beauty of a Patina

The beauty of leather is the fact that it can be altered, not only in color (through dye) but also in depth (through shine). Color (aka dye) and polish can transform a shoe beyond most people’s imaginations. A shoe that would otherwise look like a boring and dull model can ultimately be made to look like the greatest thing ever with a bit of creativity through the imagination of a brilliant patina artist. Such creativity […]

November 15, 2012

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Paulus Bolten To The Rescue!!!

It truly is amazing to see how a shoe can be transformed from rubbish bin status, to practically brand new with a little dye and polish. And there are not too many people more skilled than my friend Paulus Bolten, who I have seen many times take the worst of them (shoes) and restore back to things of beauty, as he did here. While there aren’t too many people capable of this type of restoration […]

August 6, 2012

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The Last 10 Years In The Shoe Industry

Picture Courtesy of: Style Forum Just over 8 years ago marked my entrance into the shoe industry, a day that I will never forget and will forever be grateful to the people that hired me, giving me a chance to discover what would soon be my future passion: shoes. I never would I have really guessed (the day that I was hired) that I would be where I am today within this industry and seeing […]

June 4, 2012

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The Beauty of a Custom Patina

It’s my last day in Seattle and therefore I am trying to use my limited time to spend with all of my friends and family, which ultimately meanss that I don’t have a lot of time for the blog today. I will do my best tomorrow to have a long post up, but there will not be any guarantees. In the meanwhile, I will leave you with a pair of J.M. Westons’ that Paulus Bolten […]

January 21, 2012

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What I Am Wearing

I have never really been a big fan of pairing sport coats with trousers, but since I have a few jackets, I try and force myself as much as I can. The reason that I am not such a big fan of it, is the fact that I feel that the outfit always seems to look a bit jumbled, considering the fact that you don’t tend to match the color of your trousers to your […]

August 3, 2011

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Paris Part 2 — Paulus Bolten, The Patina Artist

As many of you who frequently read my blog may know, the art of the patina is something that is appreciated and practiced, as a profession, by several people in France. One of those people, would be the magnificent Paulus Bolten, who is the owner of Patine & Glacage Souliers. So while I was in Paris, I figured that even though I love all of my shoes the way they are, I might as well […]