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Monthly Archive: December 2016

December 31, 2016

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Happy New Year from The Shoe Snob aka Justin FitzPatrick

Another year has gone by and much like the last year, a lot was experienced. I have always told myself I think that I perform better while dealing with adversity. If life is too smooth going it becomes too easy to take it for granted and forget what we have and appreciate it. And while there has always been something that was extremely challenging in my life, I must say that 2016 took the cake. […]

December 30, 2016

Serbian Bespoke Shoemaker – Igor Suhenko

Discovering new shoemakers for me is like a kid discovering a new candy. Although I have known about Igor Suhenko for awhile now, I think that I have only shared his work once in the last few years so thought that I would revisit him. What I love about discovering shoemakers from countries outside of the stereotypical ones that we think of for most bespoke shoemakers is that they often have very different stylistic designs. […]

December 28, 2016

Skoaktiebolaget Launches 2nd, Larger Shop in Stockholm

With the success that Swedish shoe shop Skoaktiebolaget has had in the short amount of time since they launched their flagship store in Stockholm, they have managed to set aside some finance and acquire a 2nd, larger shop to coincide with their flagship right there in the heart of their hometown. And on top of that, they have added a new brand to their line-up of high flying shoes. That new brand is none other […]

December 22, 2016

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The Shoe Snob Wishes You A Merry Christmas

To all of my readers, As this will be my last post for a few days, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate that, then a very Happy Holiday season. This month has been quite hectic and I am still struggling to wrap it all up so I will keep this short and sweet. Come New Years Eve, I will do a long reflection post, explaining a […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]

December 19, 2016

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42 Royal Highland – Doing Things Different

  Japanese brand, 42nd Royal Highland, has really been impressing me as of lately. Firstly they appear to really love the saddle style, as I do, so I am quite biased for that reason. But most importantly, you can see that they are all about being different, going against the grain and mixing it up between classic and fun. And any brand that does it, is on my radar for greatness. The only problem, for […]

December 16, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick Launches Belt Collection

  The time has arrived for us to launch our new J.FitzPatrick belt collection! We have been working hard recently to bring this new and exciting product launch to our collection. What better way to celebrate a pair of our shoes than to add a matching or complementing belt. The new belts are made in Spain (like our shoes) by skilled artisans who use some of the same leather as on a selection of our shoes, […]

December 15, 2016

Dandy Shoe Care Sells Patina’d Ed Et Al Loafer

  For one of you lucky people who wears a UK10/US11, you will be pleased to know that this brand new pair of Ed Et Al Amoy Quee II loafers is up for sale with a very beautiful and original patina to it, given by none other than Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. The price of it is €380 plus shipping and if you are interested you will need to directly contact Alexander himself […]

December 13, 2016

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Foster & Son: An Ode To Archaic Bespoke Shoes

I am a firm believer in the thought that technology, albeit amazing, has made society as a whole, a lot lazier. We don’t have to work nearly as hard (or at all in the case of some production) to create the same things that our forefathers did. And in many industries, this change in quality of production is very obvious. Let’s take the shoe industry for example. In my opinion, the quality of production has […]

December 12, 2016

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How Long Should My Shoes Last?

There is all kind of expectations when it comes to shoes. The more you spend, the longer one tends to feel that they should last. Unfortunately that is not always the case, especially when said person treats them like they are unbreakable and puts them through hell and back, expecting them handle all adverse weather as if it was a clear, sunny day. I have seen the best shoes get broke down in 6 months […]