The Shoe Snob Blog

September 2, 2014

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Things To Know About Shoes Part 4: Fit/Function vs Style

Foster & Son Bespoke oxford, courtesy of Blue Loafers

1. Most shoe styles (i.e. wholecut vs. full brogue vs. derby etc) will fit different, even if made on the same exact last. 2. The shoemaking process can affect fit. One pair of shoes can fit differently than another in the same exact model and size. For example, how long the shoe was left on the last will affect how “hugging” (aka tight) the shoe will be. Also how well it was lasted. 3. The […]

September 1, 2014

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John Lobb Paris Bespoke – A Cut Above

courtesy of meusmanifesto (on wordpress) John Lobb bepsoke

I have always liked John Lobb Paris, but if I am going to be really really honest, none of their shoes have ever really WOWED me. They make a beautifully well made shoes, and of course the museum calf selection is lovely, but as far as shoes that truly stand out from the rest, I think that they just have a derby model that is probably my favorite among all derbies. Otherwise at that pricepoint, […]

August 28, 2014

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Sample Sale Leftovers for J.FitzPatrick

J.FitzPatrick Magnolia

Dear Readers, Okay, well the sample sale is over and I have finally managed to unpack everything and put it all online. This is however, only for J.FitzPatrick stock. As per G&G’s leftover stock, it is now gone. Because the majority of you don’t live in London (and I felt bad because of that) as well the fact that I hate to make things too complicated, I have opened up all shoes to be sold […]

August 26, 2014

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Cheaney at Pitti Uomo 86

Cheaney Shoes

Playing a whole lot of catch up today trying to unbox all of the leftover sample sale stock, not to mention that I am getting hit with the flu, thanks to the drastic weather change, lack of sleep and non-stop work. Therefore, don’t have a ton of time to write but I wanted to show you what Cheaney had on offer at the latest Pitti, showing what I believe was a mixture of A/W2014 as […]

August 25, 2014

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The Saddle Shoe is Back!

Picture Courtesy of Parisian Gentleman

I am starting to see a lot more dressy saddle shoes lately and I am quite pleased by that as it is probably my favorite type of dress shoe. As I have said before, for me, the saddle shoe creates the perfect opportunity for a well balanced two-toned shoe. Even if one was to be monotone but bi-material, it still presents a subtly elegant duality but one that is nonetheless noticeably present. And that is […]

August 22, 2014

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The Sample Sale….Updates

Gaziano & Girling shoes

  It’s day two of the collaboration sample sale between G&G, J.FitzPatrick (my brand) and Timothy Everest and as I expected, Friday would be the quieter of the three days. Yesterday was manic and both G&G and I had quite good days with people queuing from 7am and not closing the doors until 82opm. A hard day worked but at least it was finished with a nice Surf & Turf at one of London’s finest […]

August 19, 2014

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Understanding The Fit of a Shoe

Edward Green Brogues

  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) […]