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Monthly Archive: January 2017

January 30, 2017

Riccardo Bestetti Shoe Brand Lives On

Please enjoy this video of Bestetti shoes at Pitti Uomo #91. While I still need to get to know the new owner and the man responsible for carrying on the Bestetti legacy, here is a short blip to let you know that the brand lives on and in good form. Will soon be back with more information about the future of the brand. Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

January 27, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Winter Sale – Last Few Days to Enjoy Up To 40% Off!!

  Dear All, We have had a great start to 2017 and thank you for your continued support. We wanted to let you know that we are entering the final stages of our January Sale which will end on 31st Jan. Now is your chance before it’s too late, to pick up many of the models that we intend to get rid of and that won’t be coming back at a heavily discounted price! Also, […]

January 26, 2017

Dandy Shoe Care Finally Launches Instagram Account!!

Dandy Shoe Care has championed Twitter and Tumblr for many years but never made the jump to Instagram. I always wondered why, especially as these days you can post on Instagram and it can automatically go to your Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and a few other social media apps if you connect them. So in reality it is a no brainer to use as you are able to kill 4 birds with one stone and make […]

January 25, 2017

Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

January 23, 2017

The Idea of Great Photography

I have beat it into the head so many times but the more I am in this industry and the more that I use social media and modern ways to market and understand potential customer’s liking I see just how important good photography assists in marketing any product. When I look at these pictures in this post, I see just how much a good piece of photography can make a real difference in communicating the […]

January 19, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Winter Sale 2nd Markdown – Up to 40% Off!!

We have just started our 2nd markdown for our Winter Sale, marking down prices of up to 40% off full retail, where certain oxfords are as low as £198 (ex VAT £165) and button boots as low as £275 (ex VAT £229.17). Now is your chance before it’s too late, to pick up many of the models that we intend to get rid of and that won’t be coming back. Also, as we understand that […]

January 17, 2017

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Loake New 1880 Export Grade

I have never been the biggest supporter of Loake, not because they can’t make a good shoe, but mainly because of their prevalent use of bookbinder leather on their lower end lines as well as a general lack of anything but classic models. There was never anything that jumped out at me and made me think, ‘wow’. Their 1880 line I always found was a good value for money and a great entry point for […]

January 12, 2017

Blue Shoes Becoming The Norm

I recently went on Gaziano & Girling’s Instagram page and noticed that recently they have been commissioning a lot of blue shoes in their Made to Order program and it was quite interesting to note how many people are requesting them. I have said it in the past that many classic shoe companies have started to introduce colors into their RTW shoe collections that 10 years ago they would have spat at the idea and […]

January 11, 2017

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Golden Beauty by Aubercy

Most shoes that I see that are tan are brogues. And it gets a bit boring after a while as tan brogues while can be nice, just don’t really do it for me. But every now and then someone makes a tan shoe that is simply stunning and this one here by Aubercy just might take the cake for best one yet. The subtle pairing between this tan leather and the light snuff looking suede […]

January 9, 2017

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Taft Boots – Something Unique

Like a broken record, I will repeat that it is always refreshing to see shoes/designs that are ‘different.’ And Taft shoes/boots are anything but the ‘norm.’ They offer a fresh, modern twist not only on the derby boot but even on their shoes, incorporating a lot of woven leather. And not only do they make a twist with their signature contrasted cap, but also do a lot of natural (or lighter colored) sole edgings which […]