The Shoe Snob Blog

February 5, 2016

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New Carmina Models & Last

Carmina shoes

  While at Pitti Uomo 89, I managed to stop by Carmina’s booth as I always do to see what kind of goodness they have been creating. And I must say that for Carmina fans across the world you will be pleased to know that they has been busy working on a new last and a lot of new models of which many you can see here.  Apparently the new last is called Buger (you can […]

February 4, 2016

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Barbanera – Nero is the New Black

Barbanera shoes

  There has been a long time push for the idea of wearing more shoes outside the monotonous shade of black, a push that was most definitely supported by myself. But this push had not so much to do with boycotting the color itself but rather to get people to realize that formality’s sake, one could venture out and wear brown, blue or various shades of burgundy when it came to their footwear. With that […]

February 2, 2016

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First Round of Dandy Shoe Care x J.FitzPatrick “David” Boot

J.FitzPatrick x Dandy Shoe Care

I have just received word from Alexander of Dandy Shoe Care that the first round of patinas are finished on our collaborative David boot model, which was a new boot for the J.FitzPatrick collection. He was kind enough to take pictures (as he is very good at doing) and shared them with me. As you can see the first round of patinas were quite bold ones but showed some great artistic capabilities by Alexander. And […]

February 1, 2016

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Bettanin & Venturi Hand Welted Button Boots

bettanin & venturi

I will admit that prior to visiting Pitti this year, I was not too crazy about Italian brand, Bettanin & Venturi. The reason being is that what they are originally know for, i.e. triple welt norvegese soles with twisted roped laces with tassels at the end, was for me a bit over the top. Especially the ones with square toed lasts. However, in recent years it would appear that the brand has taken a new […]

January 28, 2016

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A Reflection on 2015 for The Shoe Snob (aka Justin FitzPatrick)

Picture courtesy of Neil Watson for A & H Mag

Let me start this by saying that this will be a very personal post that has nothing to do with shoes but rather everything to do with how I dealt with 2015 and how it affected me personally and professionally. It might be long so if you are uninterested, stop now. For those curious, please read on. While some might find this post to be completely irrelevant to the subject of my blog, I find […]

January 27, 2016

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Paolo Scafora at Pitti Uomo 89

Paolo Scafora

Every Pitti Uomo I have my ritual of visiting the same shoemakers that present season after season. One of those makers is Paolo Scafora who in my mind is one of the most underrated shoemakers in the world, a great deal of which I believe is due to his wesbite that does not represent just how nice his shoes are. For those that don’t know, he has his own factory in Naples, specializes in hand […]

January 25, 2016

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Crockett & Jones at Pitti Uomo 89

Crockett & Jones

Okay well I am about to commence my posts on what I saw at Pitti now that the sale is coming to a close and things are somewhat quieting down. So get ready for about 10 posts on that. I also wanted to reflect on 2015 which will be a long, dramatic post so also stay tuned for that if you want to hear the nitty gritty. First up is Crockett & Jones who had […]