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March 24, 2020

5 Shoe Shine “Don’ts” to Know About

There are many mistakes people make when shining their shoes. These mistakes sometimes have adverse effects on their shoes, which is no good, especially if the shoe is brand new and thus gets ruined. Once upon a time, I was considered an expert shoe shiner (for those that don’t know) and felt that I need to get back to offering some knowledge on shoe shining, the ‘Do’s and Don’ts.’ And as the “Don’ts” have more […]

February 26, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #1: Altan Bottier

The 1st shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2020 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that in 2019 they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of Paris. They were supposed to come to the show last year but unfortunately due to strikes in the […]

February 18, 2020

World Championships in Shoe Patina and Shoe Shining 2020 – Qualifications Now Open

World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina 2020 – Qualification We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina 2020, two great contests organized together with Saphir. The finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on October 10 (NOTE – NEW DATE! Postponed from April 25 due to the coronavirus situation). The patina finalists will paint their shoes […]

February 14, 2020

The Shoe Snob Unboxing Series – Carlos Santos Boots

 Here I unbox a pair of Handgrade boots by Carlos Santos, brought to you by The Noble Shoe The Noble Shoe is an online retailer from Sweden who ships worldwide He is also offering a 10% discount code to everyone who watches this video. LOVETHESHOB is the code and is good for all full-priced shoes (not including GMTO and other products that have a built-in discount already) There is still a UK7.5 – UK8 […]

January 21, 2020

Saphir Burgundy Wax Polish – Good for Earth Tones

There are a few tricks to shoe shining that I have always appreciated using to get an enhanced result to that final shine. One, is using blue wax on black shoes. And the other is using burgundy wax polish on all earth-toned leathers, from light tan to dark brown and if I am really being a bit daring, sometimes using burgundy wax even on blue leather for an added effect. You see, the thing about […]

January 13, 2020

The Shoe Snob Unboxing Series – TLB Mallorca

 Here I unbox and talk about one of TLB Mallorca’s Artista Range shoes, the striking adelaide oxford in Burgundy Museum Calf Find the shoes here: https://www.tlbmallorca.com/107-picasso-shoe-musuemcalf-bordeaux If you enjoy my Unboxing videos, please share them on! -Justin

December 23, 2019

John Lobb St. James Documentary by The Hanger Project

 Kirby Allison of the Hanger Project has recently made a very interesting educational documentary on the famous John Lobb St. James of London, one of the world’s most renowned Bespoke shoemakers. I can tell you that this is something that few people get access to they are notorious for being quite private with regards to their company and what goes on behind closed doors. But Kirby managed to get access to all of it! […]

September 13, 2019

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The Shoe Snob Video Series – There is No Free Shipping

 A lot of people might assume that this is about me and my brand, but this is an industry-wide problem. That’s why major retails shops are shutting down. If we don’t become the solution, we are just part of the problem and when your favorite store goes out of business, this is part of the reason why. For those that enjoy my videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrjfitz84 A […]

August 19, 2019

What I am Wearing Video Series

  I have always wanted to give inspiration to those that may not know how to wear bold shoes or have fears of shoes outside of what they are used to. I won’t claim to have the best style in the world, but I am not afraid to go bold every now and then show it. And I can’t be The Shoe Snob if I am not wearing the shoes that I preach about. So […]