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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 […]

January 9, 2018

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The Shoe Snob x R. Culturi Project – Which Image Do You Prefer?

My pocket square project with R.Culturi is nearly coming to fruition, just making some finishing touches to our three designs. One thing that myself and my friend are trying to figure out though and are stuck on is deciding which of the two of these designs looks better. We both have a different opinion so would be great to get your guys’ feedback to settle the score! Really look forward to getting this off of the […]

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas from The Shoe Snob

For those that celebrate Christmas, I just wanted to wish you all a very beautiful day with your loved ones and thank you for all of your support in the blog over the last 8 years.  For those of you that do not, I still wish you a beautiful day and hope that you are celebrating today with those that matter most. I am currently in the Dominican Republic giving myself some much needed holiday […]

December 15, 2017

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 1

While the name of the blog has the word snob in it and I can be quite harsh at times, a lot of what I do is try to educate in the hopes to grow the industry and make consumers more thought conscious about their actions and decisions when it comes to footwear. I have helped a lot of people in my time, having worked for Nordstrom for 6 years on the shoe floor, with […]

December 3, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – One Week in NYC – Trunk Show at J. Mueser Bespoke

  As many of you may know, J.FitzPatrick Footwear is in the midst of expanding to the US market, specifically in NYC. This expansion, however, does not happen overnight and is a few months from being complete. In the meanwhile, as I am now based here in the Big City, I figured I would at least start by getting my presence felt and thanks to my good friend Jake Mueser of J.Mueser Bespoke, I have […]

December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

November 30, 2017

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Shoe Pocket Square Project Underway

So many of you may remember me asking a few weeks ago for your opinion on a certain number of images and I believe that I explained it was for a pocket square project that I, The Shoe Snob, am undergoing with my friends at R.Culturi, who are retailers of ties, scarves and pocket squares. I thought that I would show you all the evolution of the project and while what you are seeing here won’t […]

November 26, 2017

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World Championships in Shoemaking – Call for competition

We are very proud to announce the first World Championships in Shoemaking, where the final takes place during the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, 2018. In the prize pool is £6,000 (€6,700) and a chance to be showcased for shoe lovers around the world. Here’s all the info about the competition. The World Championships in Shoemaking is organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob, in collaboration with Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project. Around 100 […]

November 23, 2017

Black Friday for Turkey Thursday at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans celebrating today with their family and good food galore. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday growing up, not for what it stood for but mainly because it was the holiday where I actually got most of my family together (Dad had 7 sisters) and we all ate great food cooked by my great-grandparents. It was always a nice experience. So, for those of you […]