The Shoe Snob Blog

Russian Shoemakers Archive

April 22, 2019

Written by , Posted in News

Per Nobile – Russian Shoemakers to Watch Out For!

My favorite shoe of the Bespoke Shoemaking competition was actually the one that took 9th place and was made by Russian Shoemakers, Per Nobile. It is the shoe highlighted and the one that blew my mind away in terms of pattern making, which I feel often goes overlooked in this contest as maybe the direction of the discussion is often more heavily weighed into looking at details like how narrow the waste is and how […]

Happy New Year from The Shoe Snob!

2017 has been a tough year on many levels but probably the best year yet in reality, as I learned a lot about life, struggle, appreciation, the fact that life goes on and feel that I can finally get back up on my feet and again start becoming the person that I want to be. Although appreciating my time in Europe, the people that I met, the experiences had, my business developed, and most importantly […]

July 7, 2016

Written by , Posted in European, News

Spats – A Victorian Accessory

With my fascination of shoes/boots with buttons on them, it should be no surprise to anyone that I am also someone that appreciates the old spat accessory that was so often used in the Edwardian/Victorian eras. But even though I do like them, I don’t often find myself wearing them. Come to think about it though, it is most probably because they are tucked away in my scarf box, only to be seen or thought […]

April 6, 2015

A Russian Dream – Gottlieb Schwarz

I can’t seem to find the email thread and give exact details, but I remember a few years back receiving an email/message from a young Russian guy who was on a mission to create his own handmade footwear line. A very typical question that I get asked from aspiring individuals such as this, is ‘how/where did you get the apprenticeship and can you help me find one too?’ The thing is that most are really […]