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Yearly Archive: 2017

December 2, 2017

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Bold Can Be Subtle – Fugashin Saigon

I never understood a dress code for work. I mean, by common sense, I understand the boundaries that they usually denote but never understood the strictness of them to a certain degree. For example, a job that requires the use of only black shoes. Now this obviously would be a conservative type of work environment which I can understand and they want people to be smart and look the part. The only problem is that […]

December 1, 2017

Calzoleria Carlino – New Bespoke Footwear on the Block!

Now more than ever is the ‘time of the bespoke shoemaker.’ With the help of shoemaking schools all around the world, the internet aka YouTube, shoemaking blogs, apprenticeships galore, it is a lot easier to find a way to learn the knowledge of shoemaking then it was even 10-20 years ago. Case in point is the young shoemaker Riccardo Carlino of Calzoleria Carlino who is only 24 and now has his own workshop and business, which to […]

November 30, 2017

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Shoe Pocket Square Project Underway

So many of you may remember me asking a few weeks ago for your opinion on a certain number of images and I believe that I explained it was for a pocket square project that I, The Shoe Snob, am undergoing with my friends at R.Culturi, who are retailers of ties, scarves and pocket squares. I thought that I would show you all the evolution of the project and while what you are seeing here won’t […]

November 27, 2017

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Cyber Monday – Last Chance to Get 20% off Core Products at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Today is the last chance to take advantage of our seasonal Black Friday – Cyber Monday Discounts. To make easy reading, see below the models and their discounted price: Hawthorne, Issaquah, Laurelhurst –  £264 / £220 ExVAT Lynwood, Magnolia, McClure, Roosevelt, Sebastien, Wallingford, Windermere – £272 / £226.67 ExVAT Corliss, Madrona, Tony, Whittier – £280 / £233.33 ExVAT Wedgwood – £304 / £253.33 ExVAT Westlake Hazel – £336 / £280 ExVAT Westlake Black, Genesee Mulberry – £344 / £286.67 ExVAT ****EX VAT PRICES ARE FOR THOSE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE EU**** […]

November 26, 2017

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World Championships in Shoemaking – Call for competition

  We are very proud to announce the first World Championships in Shoemaking, where the final takes place during the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, 2018. In the prize pool is £6,000 (€6,700) and a chance to be showcased for shoe lovers around the world. Here’s all the info about the competition. The World Championships in Shoemaking is organized by Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob, in collaboration with Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project. Around […]

November 23, 2017

Black Friday for Turkey Thursday at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans celebrating today with their family and good food galore. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday growing up, not for what it stood for but mainly because it was the holiday where I actually got most of my family together (Dad had 7 sisters) and we all ate great food cooked by my great-grandparents. It was always a nice experience. So, for those of you […]

November 22, 2017

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Sweyd Footwear – The New Trainers on the Block!

There is a new trainer company in town, hailing from Sweden and making some nice, Italian produced trainers in a very simple, classic and elegant derby pattern. They are called Sweyd Footwear. In the last few years, trainers have been gaining a lot of ground in the industry due Italian style and their fusion of dress. Many gentlemen these days are pairing chinos with a jacket and a pair of slim looking trainers underneath, tying it all […]

What Is a Handmade Shoe?

I recently wrote a piece about lies in the industry and how the terms ‘handmade’ and no-middlemen and the like were tossed around like confetti and that they meant nothing as were both used incorrectly. Of course, you have people that love to be blind to reality and want to believe in pure bliss like denial that their factory made shoes are ‘handmade.’ That being, as I am on a quest to really educate the […]

November 17, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – New Button Boots Now In Stock!

Everything has been running a bit late this season for us but we have finally received our new button boots and have them officially launched now at www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com We have added 4 new colorways, one being on the Westlake model in Dark Brown Museum Calf/Tobacco Suede, sticking to the same pattern and 3 of them with an added brogued cap toe, called the Carkeek. We have decided to put one model of the Carkeek on the […]

November 16, 2017

TYE Shoemaker Braided Shoes

I have really been digging braided shoes lately so much so that I will introduce them into my shoe line in the very near future. But the best ones that I have ever seen are these ones by Japanese bespoke shoemaker, TYE. This pair is simply flawless, beyond flawless even. I love the braided topline piping that goes into the facing. I have never seen anything like that and think that it is a very […]