The Shoe Snob Blog

October 23, 2017

Vass Now Stocked in London – On Savile Row at the Cad & Dandy

  Those of you in London or who visit often will be pleased to know that VASS shoes are now officially stocked in the great city and at none other than on one of the greatest streets of all time, Savile Row. Although I like to make posts in my own words, I am a bit pressed for time today as I am attending to my trunk show in Los Angeles so will leave you […]

October 22, 2017

J.FitzPatrick x The Shoe Snob Hit Sweden For Trunk Shows in Nov.

After 2 years away from the glorious North of Europe, our time has finally come to be able to return to two of our favorite destinations, both Stockholm and Gothenburg, to display our upcoming collections. We have missed Sweden and this is our first time doing an A/W show there, so hopefully will be able to offer something different than past visits. Please see the locations and times below: Nybrogatan 23, 114 39 Stockholm +46 8 684 […]

October 19, 2017

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Design Inspiration

Creating something truly unique in the world of footwear is a difficult thing to do. The old saying goes, ‘everything under the sun, has been done,’ and truth be told it is not far from accurate. This at least applies to wearable shoes that still maintain a manner of elegance. Truly horrible concoctions are easy to create, but then who would wear them? I often get asked about where my design inspiration comes from and […]

October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

October 16, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Berluti — French Fashion House Goes Western!

In the modern day of retail sales you have to keep up or you will get left behind, especially now, thanks to the internet and the entire world just being one click away. But there is a fine line between keeping up and going overboard. And I am having mixed feelings about the boots at hand, from Berluti’s new A/W collection. I never thought I would see a men’s French style house doing Western cowboy […]

October 15, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Tony II on Massdrop in 4 colorways

For those of you keen to Massdrop, you might be pleased to know that J.FitzPatrick Footwear has recently done a drop on their Tony II model with 4 colors in total (as seen here) and two being colorways not readily available on top of also offering F widths (being wide like EE/EEE), which would normally run you the MTO service price. The drop has been underway for 5 days and has two days left on […]

October 12, 2017

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Vote: Which Image is Better?

I am about to venture into a mini project of some fun nature and that is pocket sqaures. This is not a new business of mine by any means but more of a collaboration between myself and another (to be stated later). As you can see here, my role is my “shoe art” and adding that to pocket squares. Now as someone has to take a financial risk on this collaboration a little market research […]

October 11, 2017

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Nicholas Templeman Oxford with Fierceness

  Pulling off an aggressive line in a classic shoe is a hard thing to do. And when I say aggressive I don’t mean it in negative way but rather something as drastically different to what a classic shoe normally (and with strong standard) entails. The facing is done with very sharp and well thought out detailing. The harmonious point in which the curve of the facing parrallels with the wing cap is very subtle […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

October 4, 2017

J.FitzPatrick x The Shoe Snob Hit The West Coast for Trunk Show!

Of all of the places that my business has taken me, I have never had the pleasure to make it to the West Coast of the US. And time again for those of you in California that have asked me to come and I have been full of excuses (as I never really had the opportunity nor venue to come to). But after all of this time (4.5 years to be precise), I have finally […]