The Shoe Snob Blog

May 25, 2018

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New Brand On The Block – Santa Mercede Shoes

It’s always a pleasure to see a new brand come out with ideas of greatness and not simply to sell off a million cheap shoes that claim to be well made. The market has simply become far too saturated with garbage and it is now refreshing to see someone doing it for the love of the shoes/quality and not for the love of a quick buck. I mean, we all want to get paid sure, […]

May 24, 2018

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Aubercy Summer Sneakers – On Fire!

I am really loving Aubercy’s dress sneakers range, particularly the new colorways for SS2018. It’s not easy to make a dress sneaker, something sharp and elegant yet still a sneaker-like shoe. Because in reality, if you take away the connection of the cap to the facing, and make the facing a little bit smaller, this is essentially a dress shoe as it sports a traditional heel. Most don’t think about it but patterns of dress […]

May 23, 2018

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – PRICE DROP!!

PRICE DROP IN ALL MODELS IN MY SHOE SNOB BLOG SHOP AS LINKED BELOW Many of these, as usual, are in immaculate condition having seen the light of day less than 5 times. And nearly all come with toe taps and one form of shoe tree. They all ship from London and will use Royal Mail unless the parcel goes over 2kgs of which then DHL or UPS will be used. Please read carefully before purchasing. […]

GDPR Opt In – What’s It All About?

You have all probably been receiving a lot of emails lately with this EU ‘GDPR’ business and wondering what that might be? Well, allow me to explain in my limited capacity of what this whole debacle is all about. As the world of the internet is growing and at a rapid pace at that, you have probably started to see that we are constantly bombarded by the offering of things, like ads really. A huge […]

May 21, 2018

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Floral Balmoral Boots by Fugashin Saigon

I am convinced that in our modern day the rules of sartorial dress are going out the door. And I don’t say this in a bad way at all, but more so that what was once considered taboo is now acceptable. Of course, for certain terrible sartorial blunders, this is a bad thing but for the over adherence to the rules of old, like ‘no brown in town’ etc., I can’t lie by saying that […]

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

May 17, 2018

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Adding Flair to Your Tassels

The beauty of having tassels/strings on your shoes is the fact that by having an additional element you are able to do so much with it when entering the realm of MTO. The classic choice is to just go tonal but that is all too easy and while still can look good and maintain a classic look, adding flair to your shoe by giving the tassels another texture and/or color gives that little extra push […]

May 16, 2018

Discover the Kent Double Monk- J.FitzPatrick Footwear

For my own shoe company, I have decided to explain why I create/offer new models etc and thought that I would also write this on the blog for those of you that are curious about why I decide to offer something or what process went through my head for a particular design. And even if you are not interested in my shoe brand, it will be an educational and entertaining read for those of you curious […]

May 15, 2018

Black Suede Shoes – Where Are They?

I love black suede. It is probably one of my favorite materials to make footwear with. But I never do because I can’t just make samples for myself without the possibility of trying to potentially put them into production. And the shame is that no one buys black suede, at least hardly anyone does. And I have always wondered why? Why is that that people love black calf shoes but are so afraid of black […]

May 12, 2018

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My Story – The 5 Year Plan: The Year of Transition – England-Meeting G&G

If you have missed the previous posts and wish to catch up, please CLICK HERE Being in England was surreal. I still remember the emotions I was feeling while visiting. Like I was in a dream. Here is this magical place (England) that you think of as an American that has never traveled to Europe, watching films like Harry Potter and whatnot, yet it is not at all like what we (many Americans) tend to […]