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How To: Punch an Extra Hole Into Foowear With Straps

   Need some extra tightness in your jodhpur boots or monkstrap shoes? If you have skinny ankles with low insteps like I do, I bet you have felt the need for a more snug fit. I felt that this morning when I put on my new jodhpurs. A touch tighter on the strap would

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Recycled Shoes

The Recycled Shoe

Recycled shoes are becoming a thing, just as much as say vegan shoes are. Many companies are …

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Decon Chelsea

Up Close Details: Norman Vilalta ‘Decon Chelsea’

 Here we take a closer look at Norman Vilalta’s Decon Chelsea boot and all of the …

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The Podcast – Episode 6 – The Decline of European Shoemaking

   Here I discuss the decline of European welted shoemaking, what’s led up to that, and …

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Winter Boots

Septieme Largeur – A/W Collection Now In Stock!

  The supply-chain disruptions of the world continue to affect, apparently, as Septieme Largeur only recently acquired …

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Shoe Unboxing

Unboxing Series – Mattina’s New Collection

 Here we take a look at Chinese shoemaker, Mattina’s new model from the latest collection. A …

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Cordovan Leather

Cordovan Look Without The Cordovan Price

Sometimes you like something but just cannot afford it or justify it. Cordovan leather is one of …

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Unboxing Videos

The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Crockett & Jones Benchgrade Collection

   Here I an unbox a brand that really needs no introduction as one of the world’s most reputable shoemakers today: …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Oriental Shoemaker for Yeossal – The Handgrade Line

Here I unbox two pairs of shoes from Yeossal ‘s latest collaboration with Japan’s Oriental Shoemaker. As they have two collections, Benchgrade …

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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 . This is a pair …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – TLB Mallorca New ‘Van Gogh’ Last

   It’s unboxing week here at The Shoe Snob Blog. And believe it or not, I have so many other pairs …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Spier & Mackay Wholecut Oxfords

 One of my latest supporters in the blog, Spier & Mackay, has sent over a pair for review and I am …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Septieme Largeur

? Here I unbox one of Septieme Largeur ‘s new A/W2020 boots, the Moissac. Septieme Larger is a brand I have respected …

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Product Reviews

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

Handwelted Resoling With Fiddleback By Bedo’s Leatherworks

   Dear Readers, Sorry that I was gone for so long without posting. I was away in London for the London …

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Video: Educational Series – Conditioning of New Shoes and Shoe Storage

 In the world of shoes, there are many ideas of what to do and what not to do. But the reality …

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Are Toe Taps Necessary?

As little as ten years ago, few people used toe taps. Like most myths created by people who do not know any …

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Tip: Do Not Use Neutral Wax

Neutral Wax is the cause of many issues in the shoe-care realm of the shoe industry. Namely by regular people (i.e. no …

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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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Popular Articles

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 crease …

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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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How To Patina Video – An Introduction

Another brief look into the art form that has taken the shoe industry by storm. Here, the basic steps are shown in order to get …

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How To

How to Style Button Boots – Casually

  In the modern-day, it is not a rule that button boots have to be worn with …

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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, …

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Restoring Old Shoes

A blog reader, in light of the shoe polishing contest, sent it a few pictures of some …

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How to Restore Your Suede Shoes – Video

Sometimes your suede shoes can get a bit rough looking, especially after one too many outings to …

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How To Restore Your Creased Leather Shoes – Video Tutorial

A shoe is rarely beyond recovery unless you are the type to never use shoes trees, wears …

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How To Create The Perfect Polish Cloth – Video

  Ever since doing my ‘How to Polish Your Shoes Properly‘ video, I have had numerous people …

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How to Button Your Button Boots

 Here is a video where I show how to fasten your button boots by hand, as …

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How To Become A Shoe Designer

(this will be ongoing until the end of it says “finished”) Part 1: I remember when I …

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Polish Your Shoes Properly

I know that for some of you, this has been a long time coming. So let me …

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