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Monthly Archive: March 2016

March 30, 2016

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Toe Spring – What’s It All About?

Many of you have probably heard the term ‘Toe Spring’ before but I am sure that not as many of you probably know what it is actually referring to. Well, let’s talk about it and see if we can shed some light on what it is and how it affects not only the look of your shoes but the also the way it affects your walking. How many of you have seen those horrendous shoes […]

March 29, 2016

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Ghillies Gone Wild – Caulaincourt

As much as I love traditional dress shoes, I love even more the concoction of something casual mixed with something dressy. These ghillies oxfords by Caulaincourt Paris are the perfect example of that as they blend the nature of the original ghillie brogue lacing system that was created in the Scotland marshlands hundreds of years ago with something more dress like in nature i.e. the body of a whole cut oxford. Now in a traditional […]

March 24, 2016

G&G Astaire – Always my Favorite!

  The Astaire was my original favorite model by Gaziano & Girling, ever since they first launched. And even though they have released many more models since then, it has still maintained itself as top contender for G&G models in my eyes. Naturally I love it because it is a 4 piece adelaide that allows for two tone galore. And while you normally see it in quite safe two toned choices, this alligator/suede combo blew […]

March 22, 2016

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Barker’s New Brogues

Sometimes to break the norm, you don’t actually need to create something new but just refresh the details. That is precisely what Barker has done with their new full brogue, set for S/S2016 release. It would appear that they created a new medallion which I say is quite interesting. And on top of that, for their brogueing punches instead of your common round hole shape, they used star shaped punches. But the shoe itself is […]

March 21, 2016

Gaziano & Girling x J.FitzPatrick Footwear Sample Sale 2016

It’s that time of year again, a time that many of you wait patiently for as getting G&G shoes at less than retail is not often nor easy, at best. But for those of you lucky enough to live in or around London, we have finally locked down some dates and are hoping to be giving ample time warning for those of you that actually fly in for this. That being, on April 29th and 30th 2016, […]

March 17, 2016

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The Shoe Snob London Showroom

It’s been a long road for The Shoe Snob/J.FitzPatrick Footwear brands, from starting at Gieves & Hawkes on #1 Savile Row back in 2012 to sharing space with Timothy Everest in 2014/2015 but in 2016 a new day is upon us and that is due to the fact that we are now going at it alone with our very own showroom in the Soho area of London. We have actually been here for awhile, mainly […]

March 16, 2016

Balmoral Boots by Meccariello

I am usually not to crazy about tan shoes outside of brogues, maybe loafers as I tend to wear them with jeans but tan shoes in general just really aren’t my thing. But I saw this boot by Antonio Meccariello and had a change of heart. It is such a great make up and all of the details really go together quite well, even the trainer-like laces that I wouldn’t normally think to pair with dress […]

March 14, 2016

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Do It Yourself Shoe Dyeing

A reader recently sent me a picture of his collection of Ed Et Al boots that he had patina’d all by himself and I must say that he did a fantastic job. And while I wont say that mastering the art of patina is an easy thing I do believe that anyone that puts their mind to it, through trial and error, can at least get to a level where they could dye their own […]

March 11, 2016

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Photo: A&H Mag My father taught me a lot of important values in my life of which many were about money and how to not let it control your life. For example, he taught me how to save 50% of all of my earnings (I don’t do this, as it is not practical but that is what he taught me when I was 10), the idea to never sweat 5 bucks (my favorite one) in order […]

March 9, 2016

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A Very Elegant Chukka by Bestetti

  I really like chukka boots, but just realized that I only have one pair of them and don’t wear them often. I don’t know why that is but I need to change that! I saw this one here by Riccardo Bestetti and was quite fascinated with its beauty. Everything about it is very elegant and appealing. And I know that some have an issue with how long Bestetti’s lasts are but after looking at […]