The Shoe Snob Blog

October 19, 2018

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The Saddle Oxford done Differently

The more that I see this model by Stephane Jimenez the more that I appreciate it. He basically blended a saddle oxford with a swan neck and really took shoe design to another level. And its funny because changes like this are really quite simple yet no one ever does them. All too often to oxfords look the same and its really quite boring. So seeing something somewhat different like this is always appreciated, at […]

October 17, 2018

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Penny Loafers – Classic Round Toe or Modern Elongated Toe?

The penny loafer is the most classic style of loafer there is. And probably my least favorite as I personally prefer a butterfly or wholecut version. But I am not the end all be all as most of the world still loves a good ‘ol fashioned Penny strap version. But the question now is which version is more preferred by the people: the classic round last or the modern elongated toe? I have always preferred […]

October 12, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Sneakers Round 1 – Now Available!

Dear Supporters, Many of you are probably thinking, ‘what the heck happened with those sneakers?’. And that is a good question. These were supposed to be launched at the beginning of August and were on track to as well until we received all 430 pairs of the order. Without going into detail on what happened, I will say that I was not pleased with the majority of what I received and asked for a remake, […]

October 11, 2018

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Gaziano & Girling – US Tour

Gaziano and Girling are on the road with a 5 city showing across the US coasts, highlighting not only their bespoke samples but also their new Fresco Range. For those of you still yet to see a pair now is your chance to get in there and see what real shoemaking is all about. See dates and times and appt emails below! Happy Thursday! Justin FitzPatrick

October 10, 2018

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Color Coordination

Color coordination is not as easy as it would seem. There is a fine line between doing it just right and going overboard and thus standing out in a bad way. This image represents one of those bold, fine line situations but done just right to be well executed. And when it come sto tan shoes and navy it becomes a fight line. But what I like about this combo is the fact that the […]

October 9, 2018

New J.FitzPatrick Footwear US website now Live – Part 1

Dear All, It has been a long time coming but we are finally ready to launch our US side of J.FitzPatrick Footwear. As a small, privately funded company with only 5 total employees (worldwide), this has to come in stages as we work out all of the logistical challenges of launching a new company in a new market but we don’t want to leave hiccups on your end. So please read more to understand the […]

October 5, 2018

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The Stripped Patina by Yim Shoemaker

I am not going to lie and say that this shoe by Yim Shoemaker out of China, is the most practical shoe or style of patina but when I saw this picture I fell in love with it. First, I am really admiring adelaides these days. Secondly, the pattern + last combo is outrageously well done and beautiful. And finally, it is simply super frickin’ unique and just outright cool in my humble opinion. I […]

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]

September 28, 2018

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Corthay NYC

  I was visiting the recent Corthay trunk show at Leffot and saw lots of new things on the table and collection at Corthay which was nice as I felt that they were slow to bring out new collections. And apparently they have a new US distribution and Showroom here in NYC in the hopes to vamp up the brand. Head of this operation is Randy Ferdergreen and it will be exciting to see the […]

September 26, 2018

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Winson Shoemaker – Indonesia’s Finest

Asia is all of the rage these days for quality shoemaking. They have impressive bespoke makers coming from mainland China and Singapore, and RTW makers on par with many European factories coming out of SE Asia, specifically Taiwan and now Indonesia. The latest ones that I have come to discover, are Winson Shoemaker out of Indonesia who seem to make a very well made welted shoe (not sure if Goodyear or Hand). Curious to see where else […]