The Shoe Snob Blog

November 14, 2018

Yeossal – New Singaporean Multi Brand Shoe Store

There is a new shoe shop in town. When I say “in town,” well now that the world is only a couple of clicks away and shipping is virtually free everywhere, it’s just like having it around the corner as in reality it is based in Singapore. The shop in question is called Yeossal and currently stocks TLB Mallorca, Corno Blu (of Japan) and Antonio Meccariello. While the West is slowing down in multi-brand shoe shops […]

November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanamigachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]

November 7, 2018

The Perfect Sole – Eiji Murata aka Main D’or

I am not going to lie and say that I am a sole fanatic but there is something special about a well-crafted sole. I love to look at them and appreciate the skill that went into it, as someone who has done them before, knows just how difficult it is to make the ‘perfect.’ Well Eiji Murata, aka Main D’or, makes them perfectly. The best that I have seen and that is no joke. They […]

Fusion Cowboy Boots – The Modern Trend

Using the traditional Cowboy boot features but blending modern design details to the boots seems to be all of the rage these days as I am starting to see more and more makers getting on board with it. Bestetti having a history in bootmaking as his first dive in handmade footwear, is starting to come stronger and stronger with RTW versions of his old craft. And it’s great, as I think that sometimes traditional makers […]

November 2, 2018

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NYC Showroom Launch Party Invite – JF Shoes & The Shoe Snob

  For those of you in NYC or surrounding areas, we are officially launching our new showroom in the West Village, next Thursday, the 8th of Nov. If you are around and want to pop by for drinks or to say hello, please do come stop by. Look forward to seeing many of you there! Wishing you all a great weekend –Justin FitzPatrick

October 31, 2018

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Museum Calf Belts

Finding a belt that matches can be tricky for certain leathers. Which often leaves certain individuals in quite a predicament for their waist-wear. When Museum Calf started becoming all of the rage in the shoe industry finding a belt to match was next to impossoble. Now that most makers offer this type of leather it is not so uncommon to find a belt to match. But getting all of the shades on offer is still […]

October 29, 2018

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The Braided Sneaker

There are two things that I have been enjoying lately: 1. Braided leather/suede shoes and 2. Sneakers. In my ripe age of 34, I feel that I am becoming quite rigid in my mentality of what I want to wear these days. While I am sitting and writing this, I have a pair of navy calfskin balmoral boots with black suede uppers but feel that going so bold is just not quite in me anymore. […]

October 26, 2018

Last Weekend of PreSale A/W18 Collection – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

My shoe brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, is in the final weekend of it’s Autumn/Winter 2018 PreSale. If you happen to like any of the models coming and wish to get a discount on them, these last 3 days are your final opportunity. Those Snoqualmie boots are going to be a great asset when the harsh weather comes! A note to all that care about paying shipping expenses, even at 10% off, all but the Kent still qualify […]

October 24, 2018

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Gladiator Boots by Taft

I have never seen a pair in person but I am quite fond of what American Boot company, Taft, have been coming out with design-wise. Most things are quite unique. I won’t lie and say that I like it all as there are some not so amazing things in the collection and we all know that I hate the word ‘handmade’ on a shoe site (that are clearly made in a factory) but I at […]

October 19, 2018

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The Saddle Oxford done Differently

The more that I see this model by Stephane Jimenez the more that I appreciate it. He basically blended a saddle oxford with a swan neck and really took shoe design to another level. And its funny because changes like this are really quite simple yet no one ever does them. All too often to oxfords look the same and its really quite boring. So seeing something somewhat different like this is always appreciated, at […]