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July 15, 2016

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Belgian Loafers Everywhere!

The smart casual world has blown up as of recent and in my opinion greatly with the help of Instagram. And many of the brands associated with this world are Italian ones that are fusing classic dress shoes models with casual soles. And the popular model that many of them share as a product offering is none other then the wonderful Belgian loafer. As seen here, the brand Superglamorous offer their version in 3 different […]

July 13, 2016

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My Love For Trainers Creeps Back With These Asics!

I know that most of you come here to see dress shoes but every now and then I have to pay tribute to the type of footwear that gave me my passion, and that is trainers. Most recently I stumbled upon this exclusive collaboration between Asics x Reigning Champ and I was really impressed by how cool they made a pair of Asics look (I was never a fan of them while younger, always Nike). […]

May 4, 2016

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Bowling Style Trainers by Crockett & Jones

I have a love/hate relationship with the bowling style smart trainer that many high end makers tend to make for the ‘sneaker’ like model. Usually you see it in the common black and tan offerings but what really caught me off guard this time around was the beautiful blue leather that Crockett & Jones sourced and used for this new trainer of theirs. It’s the type of blue that really can’t be mistaken for any […]

January 18, 2016

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Hiking Boot Style Goes Strong with Sperry

When I went to Pitti this time around, I saw a good amount of the classic alpine boot done in all kinds of variations. I even saw some really great ones by one Italian brands but they had never heard of The Shoe Snob (or even what a blog was, in 2016 go figure) and wouldn’t let me take pictures as they are still in the archaic mentality that someone will steal from them. It […]

October 30, 2015

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Axel Arigato – Trainer Extraordinaire

I have recently started getting back into trainers. Guess I am going through my mid-life crisis at 31. Better sooner than later!! Hahaha, but no really. I just acquired 3 colors of the new Puma Suede and I love them. I think the problem is that when I came to England, I had to pretty much get rid of the +100 trainers that I used to have and have been wearing dress shoes ever since. […]

August 17, 2015

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Christian Kimber – The New Collection

I always love watching the progression of someone who has a goal in mind and is trying to achieve that goal. Most probably like how many of you have watched me go from shoe shine boy to shoe company owner and blogger. And Christian Kimber is one of those people that I have enjoyed watching progress, not only for turning into a footwear designer but also for his role as a major player in the […]

May 21, 2015

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Thorocraft Sneakers – For Grown Ups

  The thing about me is that my love of shoes started from trainers. I used to have every Nike there ever was. At one point, I must have had about +30 Nikes, 7 or so Converse, 6 Vans, 5 Sperry boat shoes and a number of Adidas and Puma. Now, I have given about 95% of those away, stick with my Superga’s and a few things here and there for lazy Sunday’s. But I […]

April 20, 2015

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Bowling Shoes Are Back….by Septieme Largeur

  People tend to make fun of the bowling shoe style, but when thinking about it, most of the best sneakers of all time are designed in that exact same pattern, e.g. Converse Chuck Taylor, Common Projects classic trainer and Superga (let alone a bunch of others). So it came as no surprise that when thinking of something fun to make for the S/S2015 season, Septieme Largeur also used that classic pattern and knocked out […]

February 10, 2015

Updates at Aubercy

  Yet another manic day trying to box up all of our stuff while at the same time trying to run a smooth business. Not an easy feat to say the least! Gosh I hate moving and to make it worse, not only are we moving business this month, but I will also be moving flats too!! Not my month! Oh well, at least it’s not raining outside. Okay, so I have been meaning to […]

October 8, 2014

£1000 Trainers by Berluti — Really??

With the introduction of these £1000 trainers, Berluti (for me) has officially entered the realm of full on fashion company and has completely left the idea of what it means to be classic (even classic with a twist). Don’t get me wrong, I like trainers and think that every man should have a “grown man” version (leather, minimalistic etc) in their closet but to charge £1000 for them is quite absurd. Now, I will go […]