The Shoe Snob Blog

July 3, 2020

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear – 25% off Flash Sale

J.FitzPatrick Footwear is offering a Flash Sale of 25% off from now until Monday, July 6th at 11:59pm This sale is for all RTW models in the J.FitzPatrick Line. Shoe trees are not included in the sale but have their own bundle offering of 3 pairs for $150 ($30 discount). Our new JF Line is still on PreSale of up to 30% off until the last week of July. Wishing everyone a great weekend with […]

Industry Secrets Part 2: Production Times

All of those videos you watch about there being 300 steps and shoes staying on lasts for 2 weeks to 30 days are not accurate. It’s like a fictional motion picture showing you something that could be real but is sensationalized to create theater. Frankly, I don’t know why they do it either? I always hated those videos that show you someone clicking by hand and then once the tape stops rolling they break out […]

June 29, 2020

Industry Secrets Part 1: ‘Handmade’ is a Lie

  Pictures in post represent what actual handmade shoes look like. The thing about me is that I believe lying is the most dangerous weaponry there is. It can fool millions, deceive entire groups of people, and lead many to have a perception that is built on falsehood. 90% of brands that claim their shoes are handmade are a part of that great deception. Your shoes are not handmade. Yet that is what they want […]

June 26, 2020

Greg Park Patina – New York City

Greg Park – The History Stationed inside our new shop (J.FitzPatrick Footwear) at 101 Thompson St (Soho, NYC) is a full patina service provided by our friend Greg Park aka Hancore. For those that do not know, Greg Park has a long history in the arts, starting off like many patina artists as a painter (not walls, but art 🙂 later became one of the world’s respected patina masters. He was one of the first […]

June 25, 2020

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New Belgian Loafer Style by Löf & Tung

Löf and Tung has beat me to the punch! Haha. I have been thinking about doing my own welted version of the famous Belgian loafer style but it looks like the great Swedish brand has come first to market and its about time someone did (someone in the more ‘affordable’ range – as G&G is not exactly afforded by all). Its great looking too. Not yet available for RTW but I believe that you can […]

June 24, 2020

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Txture of Indonesia – The Unboxing Video

 Here I unbox a pair of Txture boots, a shoe brand out of Indonesia doing great things for the Americana industry. Incredible value and craftsmanship. I was super impressed when I got them and look forward to getting them on the feet soon, once the NYC sun calms down. At around $200, I do not see a better value than this. Incredible stuff for sure. Make sure you check them out! https://txtureboots.com/

June 23, 2020

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Blue Cordovan Monkstraps by Carmina: MINDBLOWING

I keep seeing these Carmina monk straps on my social media feed and the more that I see them, the more I get jealous that I do not own a pair! For those that know me, you know that my favorite color is blue. Always has been. Always will be. And the blue on this Cordovan leather is simply sublime. It is so rich, yet so subtle at the same time. It is distinctly blue […]

June 22, 2020

J.FitzPatrick – NYC Shop Now Open!

After months of building out our shop, we are finally ready and able to open our doors to the public. It is a great feeling too as this is technically the first street-level shop the J.FitzPatrick brand has had since the brand’s launch back in 2013. We have gone through several concessions inside other tailor’s premises and two basement level showrooms but this is the first shop we can call our own and no less […]

June 19, 2020

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TLB Mallorca – Main Line Unboxing

 Here I am unboxing a pair of the main line collection of TLB Mallorca, from Spain I had originally started with their Artista range, the video you can see HERE Great shoes for a great value. Watch the video and check them out! https://www.tlbmallorca.com/

June 18, 2020

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Cashmere Nubuck Alligator Loafers – Altan

I was never a huge fan of exotic leather, not at least when the entire shoe was made of exotic leather. I liked when little snippets of the pattern had exotic leather. Like a facing, a vamp, or cap and counter etc. But entire exotic leather made shoes, for me, where a lot a swallow. But in recent years, this rise of suede exotic leather has risen and this I am a huge fan of. […]