The Shoe Snob Blog

GDPR Opt In – What’s It All About?

You have all probably been receiving a lot of emails lately with this EU ‘GDPR’ business and wondering what that might be? Well, allow me to explain in my limited capacity of what this whole debacle is all about. As the world of the internet is growing and at a rapid pace at that, you have probably started to see that we are constantly bombarded by the offering of things, like ads really. A huge […]

May 21, 2018

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Floral Balmoral Boots by Fugashin Saigon

I am convinced that in our modern day the rules of sartorial dress are going out the door. And I don’t say this in a bad way at all, but more so that what was once considered taboo is now acceptable. Of course, for certain terrible sartorial blunders, this is a bad thing but for the over adherence to the rules of old, like ‘no brown in town’ etc., I can’t lie by saying that […]

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

May 17, 2018

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Adding Flair to Your Tassels

The beauty of having tassels/strings on your shoes is the fact that by having an additional element you are able to do so much with it when entering the realm of MTO. The classic choice is to just go tonal but that is all too easy and while still can look good and maintain a classic look, adding flair to your shoe by giving the tassels another texture and/or color gives that little extra push […]

May 16, 2018

Discover the Kent Double Monk- J.FitzPatrick Footwear

For my own shoe company, I have decided to explain why I create/offer new models etc and thought that I would also write this on the blog for those of you that are curious about why I decide to offer something or what process went through my head for a particular design. And even if you are not interested in my shoe brand, it will be an educational and entertaining read for those of you curious […]

May 15, 2018

Black Suede Shoes – Where Are They?

I love black suede. It is probably one of my favorite materials to make footwear with. But I never do because I can’t just make samples for myself without the possibility of trying to potentially put them into production. And the shame is that no one buys black suede, at least hardly anyone does. And I have always wondered why? Why is that that people love black calf shoes but are so afraid of black […]

May 12, 2018

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My Story – The 5 Year Plan: The Year of Transition – England-Meeting G&G

If you have missed the previous posts and wish to catch up, please CLICK HERE Being in England was surreal. I still remember the emotions I was feeling while visiting. Like I was in a dream. Here is this magical place (England) that you think of as an American that has never traveled to Europe, watching films like Harry Potter and whatnot, yet it is not at all like what we (many Americans) tend to […]

May 9, 2018

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Best Shoe Instagram Account – Crockett & Jones

Most Instagram accounts are simply a makeshift attempt at uploading random photos, quite hardly ever with a theme used to present the account. But Crockett & Jones is one of those that proves that with thought, effort and a good customer base, one can put together a very well present Instagram account that has cohesion and elegance. And C&J is hitting that on the head in every aspect, from immaculate photography, to beautiful artwork and an […]

May 7, 2018

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The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – My Shoes For Sale!!!

As many of you know, I moved to NYC last June and in doing so had to get rid of a lot of stuff as not to hoard my way over to the States. Shipping internationally gets costly. So, I had a run at selling off like 40 pairs of shoes and now have another 28 pairs to part with. Many of these, as usual, are in immaculate condition having seen the light of day less […]