The Shoe Snob Blog

Penny Loafers Archive

May 15, 2018

Black Suede Shoes – Where Are They?

I love black suede. It is probably one of my favorite materials to make footwear with. But I never do because I can’t just make samples for myself without the possibility of trying to potentially put them into production. And the shame is that no one buys black suede, at least hardly anyone does. And I have always wondered why? Why is that that people love black calf shoes but are so afraid of black […]

Maftei RTW for Shoes Fever

For those of you a fan of the Austro-Hungarian style of shoemaking you will be pleased to know that one shop in South Korea, named Shoes Fever, has started carrying Maftei Ready to Wear shoes. In a world of cell phones and laptops and free worldwide shipping (for companies that can afford to offer that), one no longer has to take a trip to Vienna to acquire a pair of shoes from the famous Austrian/Romanian […]

February 13, 2018

Carmina’s Exotic Leather Loafers

Carmina has recently launched a new MTO product, being a series exotic leather Uetam loafers which I must confess are pretty cool. Unfortunately, this is not something ready made but at least they are on the table and ready to be ordered. And who knows, if enough of you order or ask for them to be RTW, they just might consider it. Either way, I loved the color options here with your blues and greens […]

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 […]

December 21, 2017

Next Level Shoe Design – Riccardo Bestetti

Shoe design, while not terribly complicated, is not very easy when it comes to making something different, yet still elegant and wearable. I know that I have said it a million times, but it is just one of those things you have to say when you see something to terrifically different and cool. You see that a lot of thought when into this pattern, from the dips in each section of the shoe (cap, counter […]

August 25, 2017

J.FitzPatrick MTO Promotion – 50% Off MTO Fee

After having had a successful launch to our MTO program, and giving a good year of make-ups, we at J.FitzPatrick Footwear felt that it was finally time to offer a deal on our MTO program by knocking off 50% of the MTO fee from now until the end of Sept. Our MTO program is very flexible and there are many things that you can do within in, short of copying other models and/or creating a […]

June 6, 2017

Written by , Posted in French, News, RTW Makers

New Summer Collection at Septieme Largeur Geneva

Summer time is fast approaching and many places are already becoming extremely warm and humid, as it was during my time in Italy. Therefore, what you are noticing is that suede shoes are looking more and more appealing to gravitate towards. Septieme Largeur took advantage of this idea and went full blown on the suede shoe selection for their new S/S release, making 7 different models (I missed one for photos – the longwing brogue) […]

November 29, 2016

Aubercy’s Latest Creations

The Parisian shoe house, Aubercy, never ceases to amaze me for their design brilliance. I won’t lie and say that I love every intricate design that they make, but I can appreciate the majority of them and love a great many, such as this new amazing penny loafer with contrasted piping. This loafer, while nothing groundbreaking in terms of design just goes to show you the little details that make up shoe design such as […]

September 23, 2016

Written by , Posted in European, News, Other, RTW Makers

J.FitzPatrick Madison Loafer Now 35% Off – Clearance Sale

As part of our 5 day celebration for our 5 year anniversary, we have decided to discount our J.FitzPatrick Madison loafers to 35% off their orignal price. That is roughly £204 per pair (£170 ex VAT) which is not a bad deal. Sizing is limited though as we are flushing these out to make way for lots of exciting things to come for S/S2016 so do act quick if this is something that you have […]

September 19, 2016

Written by , Posted in News

Comparing Shoe Brands – Apples & Oranges

All Pictures are of Gaziano & Girling shoes (and have nothing to do with the post, just for looks) Not long ago I was able to peruse the internet in the hopes to see what was going on in the minds of others (in regards to shoes of course). There are a few forums that I scour through from time to time to read the gossip and get great pictures from. I happen to stumble across a […]