The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: August 2016

August 31, 2016

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Misconceptions in Footwear – Shining Different Leathers

I always get people asking me how you shine this leather or that leather, i.e. cordovan, crocodile (and all exotics) or chromexcel leather etc. The thing is, you shine them exactly as you would calf leather. I find that anyone attempting to tell you that you need some special product for them is just trying to sell you something that is not truly necessary. I have always used the exact same products and got brilliant […]

August 29, 2016

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The Shoe Snob/J.FitzPatrick Updates for A/W

Dear Readers, Lots has been going on with the TSS/JF team as of late from Summer Sales, to new collections coming in, to dropping old ones, to price changes from Brexit (i.e. GBP drop) as well as my factory raising the prices per model this year and many more. So I wanted to list them all out for you in order to be prepared for it all. Summer Sale Ends Today: Today is the last […]

August 26, 2016

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Understanding The Fit of a Shoe

  I had a good question from a reader not too long ago and it was all about fit and how big the gap should be between your shoe laces on the facing. I like this question as I feel that there is a lot of misconception about fit and how things should be. Too many people often think that there is a rule and that if the shoes do not fit (no pun intended) […]

August 25, 2016

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Atelier Amareto – Mexican Bespoke Shoes

For years and years Mexico has had a thriving shoe culture (in terms of manufacturing) but it is not often a place one thinks of for high end shoes. More likely than not it being due to the fact that I think that many shoemakers from past generation used Mexican leathers (or South American) which is not really known for being among the best. On top of that, the last shapes were never really that […]

August 24, 2016

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Reader Question – Value of Quality??

Crockett & Jones – Clifford, Courtesy of Rugged Old Salt A reader recently asked me a question that I found to be quite pertinent to the interest of the average shoe purchaser who may not have unlimited funds. Please see question below: “I wanted to get your opinion on quality/worth since I am not knowledgeable to the same extent as someone in your position. I need a pair of black cap toe dress shoe and have […]

August 22, 2016

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No Matter How Much You Spend, Leather Is Not Invincible!

I have been reading a bit lately on the forums and seeing how one brand (one of the best that is) in particular is taking a lot of flack for how one specific leather of theirs is marking quite easily (from what looks to me like rough wear) and customers being thoroughly disappointed with that and expecting not only full refunds but kicking up more than a fuss than necessary in my humble opinion. Now […]

August 19, 2016

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Best Crockett & Jones – Ever!

Sometimes a relatively simple shoe that might look good but be a bit flat in character can be uplifted a million times over with a bit of work in the polish and color department. I am actually working on a post about doing home made patina for beginners, a sequel to my very generic one that I did years ago. Don’t get your hopes up though as I probably won’t release it for a little […]

August 18, 2016

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The Art of Showing Sock

Gosling does it right! There is a very fine line, when wearing suits especially, to showing off too much sock (i.e. your trousers are too short) and not showing enough. I, myself, have battled with getting the perfect trouser length on every pair of trousers/jeans/pants that I own. But it’s a hard thing to do and if not done right, can leave you with too many breaks in your trousers or simply too much sock […]

August 17, 2016

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Mario Bemer – Reinventing the Wheel and Doing it Well!

Mario Bemer has been really pushing the boundary of design with his young collection and it is quite refreshing to see. Nearly every model he does has something that is distinctly his and rarely do you see anything something so common that it has been done before. And I am really rooting for him as my appreciation for his help and kindness during my time with Stefano Bemer will never be forgotten. What’s even better […]

August 16, 2016

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Tasselmate – The New & Only Way to Fix Your Tassels

I was recently introduced to the concept of Tasselmate, a brilliant yet simple product that allows you to fix your mangy, curled up tassels in some very easy and quick steps. I never really thought about needing to have to do this as my first ever tassel loafer has just been acquired recently when I made myself of sample of my new Ravenna model. However, after wearing them a good amount of times, one of […]