The Shoe Snob Blog

November 22, 2017

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Sweyd Footwear – The New Trainers on the Block!

There is a new trainer company in town, hailing from Sweden and making some nice, Italian produced trainers in a very simple, classic and elegant derby pattern. They are called Sweyd Footwear. In the last few years, trainers have been gaining a lot of ground in the industry due Italian style and their fusion of dress. Many gentlemen these days are pairing chinos with a jacket and a pair of slim looking trainers underneath, tying it all […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

November 17, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – New Button Boots Now In Stock!

Everything has been running a bit late this season for us but we have finally received our new button boots and have them officially launched now at www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com We have added 4 new colorways, one being on the Westlake model in Dark Brown Museum Calf/Tobacco Suede, sticking to the same pattern and 3 of them with an added brogued cap toe, called the Carkeek. We have decided to put one model of the Carkeek on the […]

November 16, 2017

TYE Shoemaker Braided Shoes

I have really been digging braided shoes lately so much so that I will introduce them into my shoe line in the very near future. But the best ones that I have ever seen are these ones by Japanese bespoke shoemaker, TYE. This pair is simply flawless, beyond flawless even. I love the braided topline piping that goes into the facing. I have never seen anything like that and think that it is a very […]

November 13, 2017

Lies in the Shoe Industry – Handmade, Middlemen, Top leather etc.

  ****brands in post pics are not culprits of what the topic discusses*** It’s amazing the amount of crap you read these days about handmade this, no middlemen that, the best leather in the world etc. I feel that automatically if you read that on a website or ad, you should simply not believe it, especially when the shoe is for only $200-$300. And it makes me fear for humanity’s intelligence when they actually believe […]

November 9, 2017

James Fox of Crockett & Jones – Interview

1.  What is your role at Crockett & Jones? And not just a title, what are you responsible for? I mainly focus on the hands on Marketing & Advertising… that sort of thing! We do print and digital production in-house, so it is one hell of a battle! It takes a big effort constantly creating content for the digital generation.   2.  How long have you worked at C&J? 8 years this coming spring.   […]

November 8, 2017

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Saint Crispins Americas Tour the US

  Sorry for the radio silence over the last few days but I have been traveling like a mad man, leaving NYC 10pm on Sunday, arriving to London then next day at 10am, scrambling to do a few things and then left the next morning for Sweden at 7am. And now I am here in Stockholm doing a trunk show, so needless to say time has been very limiting to get out blog posts. Therefore, […]

November 3, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Barbanera — One’s That I Would Actually Wear!

It’s quite funny how your tastes evolve as you get older and what you once hated, you look at in a new light and what you once loved, you start to dislike. I don’t know if it is fate but I have been seeing a lot of cowboy boots infiltrating the dress shoe world and it’s like a retargeting marketing campaign: the more you see it, the more tempted you are to buy it. Now, […]

October 30, 2017

Mexican Shoemaker Doing Thing Different – Atelier Amareto

Those of you in the US might be familiar with the shoemaking culture that Mexico has had over the last century, but for of you on the other side of the planet, it might come as a surprise to know that in Leon, Mexico shoemaking has been thriving for many many years and clearly still continues with brands like Atelier Amareto by Claudio Lopez. With Mexico’s proximity to the United States, it might not come as […]

October 27, 2017

Septieme Largeur New Patina Boots

I saw this boot, by Septieme Largeur, back in June when I was visiting Paris and have been waiting for its launch to share with all of you as I really liked it and thought that many of you who are into this dress casual look might be too. A shoe/boot is rarely justified in photo and while this looks great in this photo, it looks even better in person and even more so underneath […]