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Purple Shoes Archive

April 4, 2019

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Purple Patina for the Win

Black, brown and burgundy shoes are apparently all too common now. Purple seems to be the new black as I keep seeing MTO shoes being made in it. Just waiting for some bold somemaker to release a proper purple shoe in their RTW collection. And The Shine, of Poland, just might be the ones as they specialize in patina and can make a shade of purple less feared by the majority of men! This shade […]

December 13, 2018

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Purple Suede by John Lobb

I have been recently noticing a rise in using the color purple in Made to Order shoes. Whether it is suede or calfskin, more and more customers are asking for it, but always in a very strong, Regal type purple like this pair of John Lobb’s for Australian shoe store, Double Monk. I can’t claim to own anything in purple myself but I do quite like it, especially in suede. I would imagine that a […]

April 27, 2015

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Bryan Cuero of Brogue Geneva

  The art of patina is always spreading and one that deserves recognition is Bryan Cuero, who holds his residence at Brogue shoe shop in Geneva. While I don’t know him personally (not yet, but plan to soon if I manage to convince Brogue to allow me to do a trunk show in Geneva), he seems to be a sharp young guy with a good head and a strong passion for patina work as he […]

February 19, 2015

New Bespoke Molto Monk by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling have recently set the bar high by creating something that is truly the first of its kind. Named the ‘Molto Monk,’ the idea of it was to offer a seamless wholecut monkstrap that has an interchangeable strap. (It is not really a true seamless, but the strap covers the seam thus obtaining the appearance of something that is seamless.) The way in which they had to execute this idea was quite different […]

August 4, 2014

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Antonio Meccariello Shoes – Exquisite!

  I think that this is the first time that I have posted the shoes of Antonio Meccariello on The Shoe Snob blog and for many of you that know of the brand, you might be wondering what took me so long to finally do so. Like Saint Crispins, Antonio Meccariello is a brand that has been around for a little while now, but all of the sudden took the blogosphere/shoe industry by storm. On […]

March 26, 2014

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New Saint Crispin Brogues for Leatherfoot – In Bold Colors!

  This is probably the cleanest example that I have ever seen of a “proper” purple leather used in footwear and it’s quite commendable to be honest. I have always been intrigued by the idea of a proper purple being used on a pair of smart shoes but as it is hard to come by, I sort of just forgot about the idea of how cool it can look if done in an elegant way. Saint Cripsins […]

March 4, 2013

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Altan Saddle Oxford

Purple and tan? Whoever would have thought? Definitely not me….I am still deciding whether or not I would even wear them. Who are we kidding, we all know that I would!! But anyway, as I have beaten into all of your heads, I never tire of the color combinations that I find off the pages of En Grande Pompe from all of the participants’ MTO concoctions that they create. The beauty of MTO is that […]

December 4, 2012

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A Bit of Purple Action – Clarence Clifford….

For awhile there had been some rustling noises about the old Edward Green factory being occupied by a new and upcoming brand. That brand (at first) consisted of Cliff Roberts and a gentleman by the name of Clarence Thompson and it’s name was Clarence Clifford. Since that time it would have appeared that some of the parties involved decided that the venture was not for them and thus went their own way. But the brand […]

September 17, 2012

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John Lobb x Paul Smith = Absolute Greatness!

I know that I have been on a roll with my ‘How To Become A Shoe Designer’ thread, but as many people may not want to become one, nor really care to read about it, I figured I would give it a week’s rest and instead touch on another subject that I find to be quite an appealing project within the shoe industry. So, that being, for those of you whom may not know, September […]

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 […]