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September 25, 2014

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Carmina for Unipair

  The fringe trend was not a very long lived one in the grand industry but I still find myself quite attracted to them. For example, in this Carmina model for Unipair, I would not really like the shoe without the fringe as I find this style of single monk to be quite boring. That fringe, for me, seems to provide what it needs to give it a little ‘umpf’, you know, a little something. […]

May 30, 2014

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Updates on J.FitzPatrick Footwear

As many of you might know, I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Part of that thinking has to do with the blog, The Shoe Snob, and of course the other part has to do with the direction and future of my footwear line J.FitzPatrick (for those that don’t know, I am also a shoe designer and J.FitzPatrick is my brand). A lot of you gave great advice on the direction of The […]

March 24, 2014

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New Aubercy Model

Dear Readers, Sorry it’s another one of those days that I am in such a rush that it’s even hard to find time to think. Just to get something up and feed your appetite for some shoe greatness, I thought that I would show you this new Aubercy monk with piping. A brilliant execution as always, it’s no wonder why they remain within the ranks of my all-time favorite makers. I will actually be going […]

March 4, 2014

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The Craftsmanship of Yesteryear

It is always amazing to see the workmanship of the shoe industry from before the 1950’s. Even more impressive is the work from the turn of the 20th century. Although machinery in shoemaking was introduced in the 1850’s and heavily used by the 1890’s, there simply seemed to be a higher level of workmanship all the way up through the mid 1900’s, with respects to today. As I have said before, shoemaking now is brilliant […]

February 27, 2014

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A Fringe done Differently by George Cleverley

As I have said before, I always enjoy seeing new ways of executing existing ideas and usually the shoes that are able to be modified and customized the most, are those that are bespoke. This George Cleverley model, made out of the famed Russian Reindeer leather from 1786 that never seems to run out, exemplifies doing something different to what those have done before. Usually you find fringes with the gimped effect (those jagged teeth […]

January 20, 2014

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Laszlo Vass Saddle Derbys

I was having a chat with my good friend Thomas Kalflo (patina artist for G&G) yesterday about how crocodile/alligator leather allows for an infinitely better patina due to the scales of the skin and the depth of shading that it thus allows. The problem though is that it is also infinitely harder and takes a very long time, 10 hours for a full pair. The reason being that you have to do it scale by […]

December 23, 2013

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Imitation Full Brogue by Il Quadrifoglio

For many of you that frequent the internet in pursuit of sartorial excellence, this shoe by Il Quadrifoglio (yet another Japanese shoemaker) will not be new to you, as it has already spread through Tumblr like the so-called break out of Swine Flu a few years back. But I wish to revisit it not only for those of you who have not yet seen it, but more so to pay homage to the closer that […]