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Monthly Archive: December 2015

December 29, 2015

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Inspiration or Copying? You Tell Me?

  **It would appear that some people are taking my words more literal than they are meant to be. This post is about respect and the idea of not blatantly taking someone else’s idea. There is no product infringement here and I would never think about ever getting a lawyer for things like this as that is just silly. Nothing is new under the sun but doing something different from the next brand as opposed […]

December 28, 2015

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The Jean Boot of Jean Boots

I am not a crazy fan of Alden shoes like the cult following that they have but I do really like this boot as it is one of the best derby, brogue boots on the market. I feel that the whole point of this type of boot is to wear with denim and this one just ticks all of the boxes, for me, for passing perfection with flying colors. And it’s no wonder that every time […]

December 23, 2015

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Merry Christmas from The Shoe Snob

As we approach the end of my 5th year as a blogger having served up shoes on a weekly basis (as the lovely image depicts), I just want to say thank you to all of those that have supported me over the years. It really means a lot, specifically to those that have been there since day 1. So here is to another five years going strong and building the team because as my emails […]

December 21, 2015

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J.FitzPatrick ‘Magnolia’ on Massdrop

In the past I was against sites like Massdrop as I thought that the business model that they use would only cheapen/tarnish the brand image as they slash retail prices like there is no tomorrow. But as I grew up, I realized that I was wrong. The reason being is that all businesses have different business models and theirs is simply the high volume — low profit margin, paid upfront. Mine is completely different but […]

December 18, 2015

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Photo Of The Year – Dandy Shoe Care

I saw this image on Dandy Shoe Care’s twitter feed the other day and it blew me away for it’s vividness and harmony. Not only is the background beautiful but the patina (and more so the aging of it) is simply sublime. Put the two things together and what you have is the photo of the year in my book. And it comes as no surprise as Alexander is a photography extraordinaire with the amount […]

December 17, 2015

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Gifts Cards Now Available on The Shoe Snob & J.FitzPatrick Footwear

We just recently implemented gift cards on both J.FitzPatrick Footwear and The Shoe Snob. For those that wish to get a gift for the shoe enthusiast but just might not be sure of exactly what to get them, our gift cards are the ideal way to still provide the idea of the present while letting the recipient ultimately be the deciding factor in what they receive. Coming in fixed values on both sites, our gift […]

December 16, 2015

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My Saint Crispins Boots – Review

After going to the Saint Crispins factory last year (and writing about it HERE), I worked with Phillip Car (the owner) to have a Saint Crispins boot made up for me in a design that I had created but had yet to realize in my own brand. I was quite excited about it as I had never done a shoe/boot in 3 colors and had seen SC execute that idea to great success. So, I […]

December 14, 2015

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Correspondent Shoes’ Latest Offering

A new site, Correspondent Shoes, has recently launched selling off a mix of very Italian (Branchini made), two toned inspired footwear also coupled by a select amount of boots made by British makers (Sargent) but still in tune with the idea of something very different and of two tonal nature. I wrote about them when they first launched but saw that they have already put out a new collection of which I thought might be […]

December 10, 2015

Dandy Shoe Care x J.FitzPatrick Boot Edition — Now Live!

On our 3rd collaboration with Dandy Shoe Care, we decided to switch it up a bit and offer a boot as opposed to the typical shoe that we have been previously offering. And not only did we do a boot, but we also did a new model entirely, called David. The David boot stems from a play on our Wedgwood model and was created by a customer that wanted to change a few details to […]

December 7, 2015

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Texture and Great Photography by Bestetti

I really love this picture of one of Riccardo Bestetti’s bespoke samples. Everything about it is perfect, from the amount of lighting that highlights the textures of the shoe, to the placement of the angle of the shot that gives off the beauty of his craftsmanship to pretty much every detail that encompasses this shot. It’s hard to pinpoint really. But it is simply a great photo as it is one of the rare few […]