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November 13, 2017

Lies in the Shoe Industry – Handmade, Middlemen, Top leather etc.

  ****brands in post pics are not culprits of what the topic discusses*** It’s amazing the amount of crap you read these days about handmade this, no middlemen that, the best leather in the world etc. I feel that automatically if you read that on a website or ad, you should simply not believe it, especially when the shoe is for only $200-$300. And it makes me fear for humanity’s intelligence when they actually believe […]

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 […]

October 11, 2017

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Nicholas Templeman Oxford with Fierceness

  Pulling off an aggressive line in a classic shoe is a hard thing to do. And when I say aggressive I don’t mean it in negative way but rather something as drastically different to what a classic shoe normally (and with strong standard) entails. The facing is done with very sharp and well thought out detailing. The harmonious point in which the curve of the facing parrallels with the wing cap is very subtle […]

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 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 12, 2017

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New Oxford Model by Enrile

Spanish shoemaker Enrile, has recently released a new model that I find to be quite attractive and unique. His models are often hit more miss with me, more so for the bulbous last shapes. But this one while still having quite a puffed up toe, at least has a more slender silhouette which is very pleasing to my eye. The puffed wingtip and heel counter feature I always found intriguing, never loving it but neither […]

September 8, 2017

Welted Sole – New Online Shoe Shop

There is a new shoe retailer based out of the US, called Welted Sole, that just recently launched their new online shop. They currently only stock J.FitzPatrick Footwear for shoes but are also offering Bresciani socks and Saphir shoe care. And this is just the beginning. Their plan is to open a showroom in the Orange County area and of course add more shoe brands to their range of products. But like in all new […]

September 7, 2017

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Burgundy Brogues by Paolo Scafora

I am seeing a lot of attractive burgundy shoes recently and surprisingly enough they are all coming from Swedish shoe retailer, Skoaktiebolaget. Coincidence? Probably not. I can’t be the only one thinking that burgundy is the new black so am happy to see that someone else agrees and is offering that shade of color from nearly all of their brands. The one being highlighted is by their new offering, Paolo Scafora, and is a very elegant […]