The Shoe Snob Blog

Norman Vilalta – New Handmade ‘1202 Heritage Collection’

It’s always great to see creativity at work and to see what people are coming up with, in this ever-changing world of shoes. One of the latest and greatest to arrive to the industry is Norman Vilalta’s new completely handmade shoe collection, the ‘1202 Heritage.’ Fusing his bespoke shoemaking background with a semi Ready Made product for you to buy at the drop of a dime is Norman’s latest idea to give people the best of […]

February 1, 2018

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My Story — The Early Years…..The Foundation

It’s a been a long time since I updated the story of my journey in the shoe industry so thought that I would get back onto that but do so much more in depth as I believe and hope that my story is interesting and can inspire many people. I hope that you all enjoy. This is the first post of many so stay tuned! -Justin Fundamentally, I believe that anyone can be anything that […]

January 30, 2018

Riccardo Bestetti – Crown Collection Launch – Paris & London!

For those of you in Paris and London, you shall be pleased to know that Riccardo Bestetti is set to launch their new Crown Collection this weekend. I haven’t been able to see/find what the exact details are of the Crown Collection (i.e. different type of construction and whatnot), but from the looks of the pictures, one thing that is easily noticed is the difference in design features that are far more unique than your […]

January 27, 2018

Online Purchases: EU vs Non EU – What’s the Difference?

With being able to grab your phone out of your pocket, make a few clicks and buy some product that is 10,000 miles away the world has become far more connected, but also a bit more confusing as international law and taxation have now become involved. And not everyone understands it. So allow me to explain what many have been confused by in the hopes to shed some light and make your shopping experience a […]

January 24, 2018

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January 22, 2018

Aubercy Button Boots – Fresh to Death!

I never tire of Aubercy’s creations and bold use of color. Their latest button boot offerings are simply sublime and I particularly love this new canvas one, mainly for the unique design of the balmoral line that is something that Aubercy can proudly claim as their own creation. I have said a million times before but I will say it once more. It takes guts and vision to recreate something that is tried and tested […]

January 20, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Final Reductions – Up to 50% Off!

https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/ We have just entered into FINAL markdowns for our Winter Sale. Prices of up to 50% off full retail, where certain oxfords are as low as £170 ( £141.67 exVAT ~ $200) and some boots as low as £210 (ex VAT £175 ~ $250). 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 some people would like […]

January 17, 2018

A Conversation with Marcos Fernandez of Septieme Largeur / Orbans

I recently had dinner with my good friend Marcos Fernandez of Septieme Largeur & Orbans here in NYC at the Maxwell’s Chop House (insane Ribeye’s for those steak lovers), where we had a very interesting discussion about the footwear industry. For the many of you who have never heard anything about Marcos Fernandez, allow me to share a brief bit about his past and what he has done for the industry. He has created all […]

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! […]

January 11, 2018

The Crompton by Gaziano & Girling

  Simon Crompton has been honored with an MTO model by Gaziano & Girling, giving him the name of the model that he essentially created through the bespoke program back in 2012. Simon has presented these many times on this blog and in doing so has apparently created a very sought after model for G&G customers that has subsequently been commissioned by numerous other bespoke clients. So much so that this has now been offered […]