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October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

October 16, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Berluti — French Fashion House Goes Western!

In the modern day of retail sales you have to keep up or you will get left behind, especially now, thanks to the internet and the entire world just being one click away. But there is a fine line between keeping up and going overboard. And I am having mixed feelings about the boots at hand, from Berluti’s new A/W collection. I never thought I would see a men’s French style house doing Western cowboy […]

October 15, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Tony II on Massdrop in 4 colorways

For those of you keen to Massdrop, you might be pleased to know that J.FitzPatrick Footwear has recently done a drop on their Tony II model with 4 colors in total (as seen here) and two being colorways not readily available on top of also offering F widths (being wide like EE/EEE), which would normally run you the MTO service price. The drop has been underway for 5 days and has two days left on […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

October 4, 2017

J.FitzPatrick x The Shoe Snob Hit The West Coast for Trunk Show!

Of all of the places that my business has taken me, I have never had the pleasure to make it to the West Coast of the US. And time again for those of you in California that have asked me to come and I have been full of excuses (as I never really had the opportunity nor venue to come to). But after all of this time (4.5 years to be precise), I have finally […]

October 2, 2017

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Value For Money Adelaides at Orban’s

We all can’t afford the beautiful shoes made by Gaziano & Girling, Riccardo Bestetti, Yohei Fukuda and the like so it’s nice when brands like Orban’s come in and are able to make a solid shoe for an unbeatable price. Sometimes it makes you wonder how can this be but in reality when you are not paying for the “very overpriced idea of made in Italy or England”, the beauty of Spanish made shoes is […]

September 29, 2017

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Hand Sewn Aprons by Saint Crispins

If you start to pay attention to shoes, you will notice that many brands apron stitches on the vamp are quite standardized in shape and proportion to the last. Therefore most aprons are the same. But not Saint Crispins who does all kinds of shapes, designs and sizes of hand stitched aprons on the vamp. For example their typical apron stitch on their loafer (as highlighted) always comes with a shorter apron, which I actually find […]

September 25, 2017

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Blue Suede Beauties on Sale by Skoaktiebolaget

  There are some sweet shoes on sale right now at Skoaktiebolaget’s website, two of them being these beautiful blue suede numbers by Carmina. The featured above is one of my favorite combinations of the year. As many of you may know blue is my favorite color, and I just love it in suede even more. And creating a two-tone out of it puts it right up my alley. Skoak did a job at great […]

September 21, 2017

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Americana Style Brogues by Septieme Largeur

Americana style is spreading to France with Septieme Largeur’s interpretation of the longwing gunboat brogue. I have always had mixed feelings about this model. I feel like I could like it if done on a slimmer type last but you often see it on these heavy, robust like lasts. It’s hard to tell if this last is more slim or robust but from what I know of SL, it is probably closer to the slim side unless […]