The Shoe Snob Blog

Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 30, 2014

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Updates on J.FitzPatrick Footwear

As many of you might know, I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Part of that thinking has to do with the blog, The Shoe Snob, and of course the other part has to do with the direction and future of my footwear line J.FitzPatrick (for those that don’t know, I am also a shoe designer and J.FitzPatrick is my brand). A lot of you gave great advice on the direction of The […]

May 29, 2014

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Stamp Jodhpur Boots with Patina

For those of you whom might not remember, Stamp is a bespoke shoe brand out of England (Northampton) created by Nicholas Cooper. What he does is provide bespoke made, cemented shoes. So, he essentially makes you the last and the upper just like every other maker would, but instead of welting/sewing everything by hand, he uses a cement construction. This ensures a lower cost to the customer (about half of what handwelted would be) but […]

May 28, 2014

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New Gaziano & Girling Shop & Models for S/S2014

For those that may have missed it, G&G has finally opened a shop in their native London (really Kettering and Norwich, but London for proximity’s sake). Instead of plopping one down on the obvious Jermyn st., they instead went for the tailor’s street: the ever-famous Savile Row (my old stomping grounds). It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier for them as they can now easily serve so many of their local […]

May 27, 2014

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Dimitri Gomez Bespoke Balmoral Boot

This is one of the nicest photos I have seen in awhile. Not because it’s done in any fancy way, but simply for all of the textures/color/light variations that make up the whole photo. But what I really like best about this boot by Dimitri Gomez it is the old world reminiscence that it provides, reminding me of how shoes used to be made back in the Victorian/Edwardian Eras. When you look at boots from […]

May 26, 2014

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The Future of The Shoe Snob….

When you are sitting there watching your 10 month old child play with everything around him, discovering all these new things, being creative, curious and completely innocent all at the same time, it really makes you think about life and the future of it. On top of that, I tend to have one of those minds that is always thinking. The only way that I can really turn it off is by watching a good, […]

May 21, 2014

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Spring Boots by Meermin

    It always makes me curious why people will pack away their “winter attire” come Spring/Summer. I guess it makes sense if you live in a place that is +30 C (+80F) for 5-6 months long but when you live in a city that has moderate to terrible weather, as I always have, it does not make sense. That being, I have never packed my boots away and don’t think it makes sense to […]

May 19, 2014

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 5: Creating Your Brand/Business Model

It’s been awhile since I have kept up with my “How to become a shoe designer” series. This is mainly due to the fact that as I was writing it previously I had come to the point in which I could not go anymore as I had not lived/accomplished the next stages of the process. But alas, 2 years later, I have and am back to write a few most posts on the subject. Part […]

May 14, 2014

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Carmina For The Ladies

  So I am back on the travelling, with a flight in a few hours to Spain to go visit my factory and place some reorders for the webshop, as well as create new samples (as always!). BT (the ISP here in England) has been giving me some real problems this morning bouncing in and out of service (I hate them big time!!!) so I have lost a bit of time in writing a nice […]

May 12, 2014

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J.FitzPatrick x The Shoe Snob Giveaway Contest

Dear Readers, First and foremost, thank you all for your participation in my first shoe giveaway contest. I do appreciate how many applicants there were as well as all of your enthusiasm. It was extremely difficult to narrow down the options as there were so many that I liked but only so many that I could keep. Because of the amount of contestants and options, I did raise the number of entries to 12 from […]

May 9, 2014

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Dandy Shoe Care X J.FitzPatrick Blog Exclusive

Dear Readers, I am proud to announce the newest The Shoe Snob Blog exclusive: the collaboration between my brand, J.FitzPatrick and the patina extraordinaire Dandy Shoe Care. As a big fan of the idea of patina and the beauty that it can create in footwear, I thought that it would be fun to offer all of you a chance to get a J.FitzPatrick shoe with your very own customized patina on it. Therefore I reached […]