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The Differences in Suede

Like most leathers, suede can be complex, inconsistent, and vary greatly from hide to hide. Let us …

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Up Close Details – Video Series – Gaziano & Girling Optimum

 So, in my quest to expand my ways of providing you all with knowledge, imagery, information …

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Commando Soles – The Latest Trend

  There is nothing new about Commando soles. They have been around for the longest time.  But …

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New Blog Feature – Search By Brand

As you all would have noticed by now, the new update to the blog’s layout has been …

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2nd Markdowns – J.FitzPatrick Footwear Sample Sale

Final Markdowns Now Live!!   The Sample Sale is winding down and we have about 1/4 of …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Carmina Shoemaker

   Here I unbox a pair of monkstraps from the most famous Spanish shoemaker: Carmina Shoemaker …

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ACME Shoemaker – The Review

*** Warning: Picture heavy post. The pair was gifted with no strings attached. I was never asked to review these but I do so for …

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Shoe Review: TLB Mallorca ‘Artista’

For those that do not know, TLB Mallorca is one of the newer brands hailing from Spain but unlike the countless ones made by other …

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Herring Boots – The Review

I finally had the time to break out my new Herring Boots for a stroll in the park and weekend excursion to be able to …

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Yeossal Shoes – The Review

  There is a new shoe brand in town and I am here to write about them as they are most certainly worth being written …

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Altan Bottier – The Review

There are many makers you see online that are harder to find in person, many of them Japanese and some of them French. One of …

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Fugashin Saigon – Shoe Review

If you mentioned 10 years ago that the Vietnamese would be producing shoes as good as the British, people might have laughed at you. But …

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Baudoin & Lange ‘Sagan’ Loafer Review

My friend Mr. Allan Baudoin has come a long way since being just a young computer science student from Paris to launching his own bespoke …

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My Saint Crispins Boots – Review

After going to the Saint Crispins factory last year (and writing about it HERE), I worked with Phillip Car (the owner) to have a Saint …

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Carmina – The Review

I have always loved and respected Carmina shoes and what they do as a company. While I don’t think that Spanish shoemaking as a whole …

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Shoe Care

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Do Not Wear Brand New Shoes In The Rain

***Warning: I write direct, often crass, with lots of spelling and grammatical errors. I do not write this blog to become ‘an …

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Do Not Condition Brand New Shoes

I never understood why people do a full shoe shine regime on a brand new pair of shoes. I can understand wanting …

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The Elegant Oxford – Your Shoe Care Guide

Shoe Care might actually be the biggest and most popular subject in the shoe industry. Back when I used to post a …

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5 Shoe Shine “Don’ts” to Know About

There are many mistakes people make when shining their shoes. These mistakes sometimes have adverse effects on their shoes, which is no …

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PET PEEVES IN THE SHOE INDUSTRY PART 8: THINKING THAT CEDAR SHOES TREES ARE THE END ALL BE ALL

I am not going to lie here and pretend I haven’t done this and this is how I know that the issue …

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A Guide To Dyeing Your Own Shoes

  Have you ever been bored of a pair of shoes and wanted to do something about, for example, change the color? …

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not …

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Leather Soles vs Rubber Soles

There is long debate on the differences between leather soles vs rubber soles with regards to comfort/durability/elegance etc. So I thought it wise to …

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A Guide To Shoe Trees

There is a lot of opinion/speculation on shoe trees and their importance in relation to footwear. Some well known so-called ‘facts’ in reference to …

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Breaking In Shoes – Your First 30 Days

JM Weston Triple Sole Brogue – Hard to Break In!!! When you think about buying shoes, most people probably think about getting the most …

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Additions To Your Sole

There is much debate on whether or not one should add things to his/her sole to make them last longer/protect from the elements. Some …

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The Importance of Toe Taps

Growing up in America and selling shoes at Nordstrom, I never really understood what toe taps where all about. I had seen the ones …

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Understanding The Fit of a Shoe

  I had a good question from a reader not too long ago and it was all about fit and how big the gap …

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Suede Shoes – The Big Misconception

Why is it that so many men are afraid to buy suede shoes for fear of ruining them? Suede is just like any other …

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Managing Your Shoe Purchase Expectations

G&G, the perfect shoemaker. When buying these they should be flawless, but that is what you should get for +£700 I recently had a …

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Welcome to The Shoe Snob Blog! 

This blog was created to not only show the journey of one man who wanted to make the shoe industry the best it could be but also the share all of the knowledge gained along the way. 

Ultimately this blog is about seeing men wearing better shoes through education and sharing what is out there that deserves recognition. 

Click the link to read more about me and my journey to make this all happen!