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July 9, 2018

How To Sport a Spectator

I feel like most people are afraid of rocking a full-on spectator shoe. Naturally, it is not the most practical model for your banking job but as the world is becoming more and more casual, I don’t see why it is not something that people are not gravitating more towards. I can see that they are not appealing to people that live in places that have harsh weather for most of the year, but for […]

July 7, 2018

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Discover the Leavenworth Ghillie – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The Ghillie’s roots date back to the original brogues that Scotsmen used to wear through the highlands to drain out their shoes from all of the water. Now you see a Ghillie and it no longer needs to be a true brogue. It has finally evolved with modern times and because of that, I decided to have a stab at creating my own interpretation of one at my brand J.FitzPatrick Footwear. Our Leavenworth model is […]

February 27, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #4 — BARBANERA

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, CLICK HERE Barbanera hit the market a few years back (around 5), founded by two Italian pairs of brothers. A bit unorthodox approach to the classic shoe world have gained them recognition worldwide. Barbanera’s shoes are manufactured in the Tuscany region of Italy, in a factory specializing in Goodyear welted shoes, with leather from some of the finest Italian tanneries. The shoes are made with closed channel […]

January 31, 2014

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My Transition to Timothy Everest/Website Launch

  On January 18th, I kind of just disappeared off the face of the Earth (in London) as it was my last day at Gieves & Hawkes. The day after, it was as if I had never even existed. I am sure that some of you have gone in there to find that there is now just an empty desk with G&H memorabilia on it, that was once my station. It was a good run […]

January 28, 2014

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New Carmina Make-Ups at Skoaktiebolaget

One thing that I really like about the young shop in Sweden, Skoaktiebolaget, is the fact that instead of simply ordering what the shoemakers that they work with have in their current collection, they actually work with the shoemakers to create unique things that they feel would suit their market. And because of that, you get to see a lot more of the capabilities that the brand has to offer. For example, Skoaktiebolaget seems to […]

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 […]

January 15, 2014

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Collaborations

  Part of the new direction for The Shoe Snob in 2014 (and onwards) is the idea of more collaborations and as I said before, doing my best to make the blog more interesting. I feel that I have done a good job at creating good content but what is lacking was a bit of fun. Something that makes it stand out more than just a few pictures with some words attached. While I pride […]

December 26, 2013

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An Alternative Co-Respondent (Spectator) by Antonio Pio Mele

  I do love a two tone shoe, that’s no secret. I do also love a traditional co-respondent (spectator) as well. The problem is that too often the co-respondent is the version that everyone goes for when thinking of a proper two toned shoe. But what about the person that wants that feel but not necessarily the traditional 5 piece full brogue or 4 piece adelaide? What do they do? Well, usually it involves going […]