The Shoe Snob Blog

October 24, 2016

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Leffot Officially Launched in Chicago


The time has finally come for Chicago and Chicagoans: You now have a great shoe shop to get all your shoe fixes from. And that shop is none other than the legendary Leffot, who first opened their doors in NYC back in 2008. Since then, as one of the catalysts to the boutique multi-branded shoe shops of upper-scale-offering, they have continued to lead the way in the industry by offering not only timeless classics but […]

October 21, 2016

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A Legend and Friend to Remember – Riccardo Bestetti


  With regret I must tell those that don’t already know that we sadly lost an incredible person this week. That person was Mr. Riccardo Bestetti, one of greatest shoemakers and minds the shoe industry has ever seen. He was only 49 years old and passed away this Monday. Whilst not knowing exactly how or why as he had just recently informed me that he was in the hospital for lung inflammation and respiratory problems, […]

October 20, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Now Stocked in Paris at La Garçonnière


  Dear All, We are pleased to announce that a capsule collection of our J.FitzPatrick Footwear range is now being stocked in the lovely city of Paris. Quite recently a shop by the name of La Garconnerie, close to the quaint neighborhood of Vivienne, opened its’ doors with the idea of having a multi-branded shop of not only clothing but also equipped with a coffee shop, a barber and a lounge. It is the ultimate […]

October 19, 2016

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The Saddle Derby by Edward Green

Edward Green shoes courtesy of Leffot

My idea of shoe design is to take existing classics and add a small detail on them that separates them from the masses. Most brands don’t do this though, not nowadays. What I feel like is the trend of today is to make a classic models but do it cheaper than the next guy. This trend won’t last though as the market gets saturated with brands coming out capsule collections of cheap shoes, there will […]

October 18, 2016

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The Ghillies Keep Coming! – Carmina

Carmina shoes

  It would appear that the ghillie model is gaining traction in the world of the web and the shoe industry. I know that in the grand scheme of things, these are just a few examples that I have shown over the last few weeks, but it is far more than I have ever seen in a period of space as short as this. To me, that means that the ghillie model, as shown here […]

October 17, 2016

No Two Brown Shoes Are Equal

bespoke shoes

The beauty of brown shoes or shades of brown leather is that even the exact pair of shoes can look different, not only through polishing but also through natural aging depending on not only the climate of the wearer but also the way they treat their shoes. While I have started to like black shoes a bit more as I get older, I still appreciate the various shades of browns/tans due to their ability to […]

October 14, 2016

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  Dear Readers, We have just launched our 2nd round of our A/W16 stock, which includes a new Button Shoe model, the Aurora, and two new colorways to some existing models. 1. The Brand New Button Shoe – The Aurora.  We wanted to try and design a button shoe that was unlike any other. One of my employee’s, Stacey, actually had the brilliant idea to somehow make the button enclosure on a saddle design. This […]