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Monthly Archive: April 2017

April 27, 2017

Fugashin Saigon – Shoe Review

If you mentioned 10 years ago that the Vietnamese would be producing shoes as good as the British, people might have laughed at you. But in 2017 that outcome is very real and Fugashin shoes prove it. So let’s take a look at one and inspect the fine details that make that statement true in 2017. Fugashin (or the owner or someone who works there, never quite established that) was kind enough to gift me […]

April 26, 2017

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Bobbies – Driving Loafers Done Differently

For me, the idea of a driving loafer is to be comfortable and casual. It is a fun shoe, not a stuffy dress shoe that should be black and boring. Driving shoes, while can be uniform in a dark color, in my mind should be playful and different. It’s something that you wear in the Summer when the sky is beautiful and light, colors are vivid and life is relaxed. This is how I picture […]

April 25, 2017

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Things To Know About Shoes, Part 3: 21-30

Here is yet another post about Things to Know About Shoes. If you missed 1-20, you can find them HERE and HERE. I hope that you all enjoy! 21. Grained leather takes the rain best of all i.e. does not show the wear and tear as bad as calf. Suede is next (darker suede that is). Calfskin is actually the most sensitive out of the (main) leathers. So when it rains, wear suede or grained […]

April 24, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase — The Sponsors

Like most events, sponsors/partners are involved to help make the whole thing happen. To these partners we are eternally grateful for and therefore wish to shed some light on who they are in the hopes that while many of you will come to see shoes, that you also check out the partners and see what they have available. So here goes: Our Main Partner – Saphir   For those that do not already know, Saphir is one […]

April 21, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear New GMTOs Now Live

With the success of our 1st round of GMTOs back in February we at J.FitzPatrick Footwear have just launched our 2nd round of shoes/boots that we feel offer a great selection of unique and tasteful footwear. Trying to always push the boundaries of classic footwear sprinkled with a bit of modern touch we hope that you enjoy our new selection of GMTOs. Things to Remember with GMTO We need a minimum of 6 purchases per […]

April 20, 2017

Gaziano & Girling Launches RTW Outlet in NYC

  Gaziano & Girling is launching a RTW stock presence in NYC early next week which is a huge step for them to gaining more traction in the US and probably one step closer to one day having their own shop in the Big Apple. But baby steps on that idea which is precisely why they have started with a showroom in the heart of the city whereby a constant presence of RTW can be […]

April 18, 2017

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Additions To Your Sole

There is much debate on whether or not one should add things to his/her sole to make them last longer/protect from the elements. Some argue in favor of adding rubber/metal, others swear that it actually ruins your shoes in the long run. But who is right? Well, while my word is not fact, I will put my two cents in and break down both the for’s and against’s in order to come to a conclusion […]

April 17, 2017

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Things To Know About Shoes Part 4: 31-40

31. Super fine sandpaper (the finest possible – P1200) is good for cleaning dirty suede. Just don’t go gung-ho as like anything, going extreme will have it’s adverse effects. 32. Fit is and always will be subjective to personal taste. Much of this personal taste will stem from cultural ideology. This is why 3-D scanning technology will never replace bespoke shoemakers, as a machine cannot interpret people’s needs/likes. For arguments sake let’s say that we […]

April 14, 2017

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Happy Easter! – Discount on The Shoe Snob

  Dear Readers, We are celebrating the Easter period by offering a 10% discount off all full-price* products at www.theshoesnob.com. Whether you need to stock up on polish for shoeshine Sundays, or add one of our new belts to your collection there is something for everyone. Simply enter code: EASTER10 to redeem at checkout (it is case sensitive) Wishing you all a fantastic Easter weekend. Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’ *Discount excludes all bundled products. Promotion […]

April 13, 2017

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The Bicycle Stitch – John Lobb

Back when I used to sell shoes at Nordstrom in Seattle, there used to be so many models that had this ‘bicycle’ stitch on the vamp, extending towards the toe. The model that comes to mind most was this Ecco shoe that I used to sell like candy to sugar addicts. I made a lot of commission off of those things! But coming to Europe, I don’t think that I have seen one welted shoe […]