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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 […]

August 16, 2019

Polo Shirt by Yeossal – The Review

Today, for the first time, I do something different on The Shoe Snob Blog and review a shirt, specifically the new Polo Shirt by Yeossal. I was actually quite surprised when they asked me to review this, as they are not shoes, but am super glad that they did as it has become my absolute favorite shirt in my wardrobe (and truth be told, I have like 50 shirts, so that is saying a lot!). […]

July 29, 2019

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The Shoe Snob Video Series – What is MTO?

 What does the term MTO actually mean and what does it entail? Here I quickly break down this acronym so that there is no more confusion for you when you see this attached to a product. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrjfitz84/ Thanks as always for the support! -Justin FitzPatrick

Crockett & Jones – The Importance of Pattern Making

Pattern Cutting is one of the most important aspects of shoemaking and the one that probably the one that gets the least recognition but deserves the most respect. You see, the reason why you like a shoe is pretty much boiling down to two things: 1. The shape i.e. the last and it’s cut and 2. The design i.e. the pattern and how carefully it was made. But shoe design is complex. A brogue is […]

July 22, 2019

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Video Series: What is an Oxford

 Here I commence videos by The Shoe Snob. It’s all done by myself, so starting off as an amateur. But as I continue, they will get better. But at least the content is there for those that simply need knowledge! Thanks for watching! Justin FitzPatrick

A Breakdown of Shoe Pricing and What to Expect – Part 1

***Pics of shoes have nothing to do with the post, just for your eye candy*** There is a lot of confusion in the consumer’s eyes on what you should expect from a pair of shoes and I was hoping to clear that up for some of you as it is important to know what you will get from what you will pay for in a pair of shoes. So let’s break it down. I have […]