The Shoe Snob Blog

March 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S18 Collection — Pre-Sale

It just became Spring and while in some places it is still snowing, in many others the beautiful sun has started to finally show itself after what felt like a long Winter. And of course with the beautiful weather we hope to feel in the Spring, comes beautiful shoes to accompany such sunshine, shoes that tend to be a bit more fun, less serious, full of color and just outright cool. And with our new […]

March 22, 2018

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Pet Peeves In The Shoe Industry Part 5 — The Size Guide

There is no such thing as a universal size guide. There is no such thing as always being a UK10 (unless you don’t care how your shoes fit and you only care about the #10). There is no such thing as concrete rules in shoe sizing. There is no such thing as an identical pair of shoes. Give up all these ideas that you ‘have to be something’ because you always have been or that […]

March 21, 2018

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To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please visit the following link:   Saphir is one of the leading premium shoe care product manufacturers in the world. The French brand is owned by Avel Group, who in turn is owned by a larger group that also owns brands like Dasco, Terrago and La Cordonnerie Anglais under their branch. Well known for both the high quality of care and protection of the products, as well as […]

Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

March 19, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #7 — Paolo Scafora

  Paolo Scafora is based in Naples, Italy, and was founded by Gennaro Scafora, who named the company after his son. Today, Paolo Scafora runs the company with his name attached to it. Originally they had been known for a very Italian style of shoemaking, with very daring patinas, wide sole edges and a characteristically extreme square toe. In recent years, however, they have diversified their style, still distinctly Italian shoes, but with more classically styled last shapes and tighter […]

March 16, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Online SAMPLE SALE

Greetings! This year we had a lot of stock for our annual in-store sample sale, enough to finally put the leftovers (which we normally don’t have) online for the world to get a chance at purchasing our shoes at bargain prices. Our sample sale stock is a collection of seconds, actual samples, MTOs and production shoes made with errors (not necessarily a quality issue but a detail made wrong etc), and some old stock. There […]

March 14, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #6 — Mario Bemer

To read more about The London Super Trunk Show 2018, this April 7th, please CLICK HERE Mario Bemer started working for his brother Stefano’s company back in 1999. When Stefano Bemer passed away 2012, Mario went on and started his own brand. With him from Bemer came bespoke shoemaker Seiji Miyagawa, they now have built up a small workshop in Florence with some additional staff, and have a business making both bespoke there and RTW/MTO at […]

March 12, 2018

The Seaweed Patina by The Shine

Not only was I intrigued by the photo and the lovely pairing of colors, but what I really loved with the unique choice of name for the patina. All too often do we say ‘Dark Green,’ or ‘British Racing Green’ or rather something very common. But I have never heard anyone use the word Seaweed to describe a type of green, yet I love it! (even though I don’t like the taste of it!). On […]

March 8, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #5 — Jsep (Japanese brands)

To get acquainted with the London Super Trunk Show 2018, PLEASE READ HERE Ahead of the upcoming free-trade-agreement with the EU, four Japanese brands are able to be introduced to the European market (with Brexit it’s still uncertain what will happen in England with this, but we shall see). Jsep, or Japan Shoes Export Platform, are introducing Matsumoto, Miyagi Kogyo, Kanpekina and Kiten. We are very excited to have them be a part of the super […]

March 7, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Shoe Shining Qualifiers

  A Frenchman living in England, a Singaporean based in Japan, and a Brazilian who lives in Switzerland – these are the three finalists in the World Championships in Shoe Shining 2018. They will battle it out at the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, where they will have 20 minutes to polish up a shoe as nice as possible. The championship takes place during the London Super Trunk Show, hosted on Saturday, April […]