The Shoe Snob Blog

June 19, 2020

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TLB Mallorca – Main Line Unboxing

 Here I am unboxing a pair of the main line collection of TLB Mallorca, from Spain I had originally started with their Artista range, the video you can see HERE Great shoes for a great value. Watch the video and check them out! https://www.tlbmallorca.com/

June 18, 2020

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Cashmere Nubuck Alligator Loafers – Altan

I was never a huge fan of exotic leather, not at least when the entire shoe was made of exotic leather. I liked when little snippets of the pattern had exotic leather. Like a facing, a vamp, or cap and counter etc. But entire exotic leather made shoes, for me, where a lot a swallow. But in recent years, this rise of suede exotic leather has risen and this I am a huge fan of. […]

June 17, 2020

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New Brand: George Lyon Shoes – Unboxing

 My latest unboxing of new brand, George Lyon, who specializes in offering you the complete package of shoes, belt, accessories all with your purchase so that you do not have to go searching for those complementary products. Check them out and subscribe to the YouTube page to see more videos! https://www.georgelyonshoes.com/

June 16, 2020

New Patina Service – In NYC

Big things are in the works at my brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear and they are all about to come to light once we are able to start resuming regular trade, which will hopefully be in the next week or two. In the background of the pandemic, we have been building our new shop in NYC, Soho to be exact. And within that new shop is a new service. A patina and shoe shine service. But this […]

June 15, 2020

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Meermin Unlined Loafers – New Collection

Spanish shoemakers, Meermin Mallorca, has just launched a new collection of unlined loafers for Summer and I must say that the collection is impressive to say the very least. Mainly for its impressive size as they seem to offer nearly all of their new models in this unlined option, in both men and women, from penny loafers to tassel loafers, to my favorite style of theirs which is the plain loafer with a stitched apron. […]

June 12, 2020

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A New Entry Level Welted Line – Just Launched

  My original desire for starting a shoe company was ultimately for one basic reason: ‘to see men wearing better shoes.’ It was a simple idea. I saw bad shoes being sold everywhere in the US. And I saw men buying those bad shoes. I wanted to change that. I wanted to educate men on good footwear and then be able to offer it to them. And that was the quest that I set off […]

June 11, 2020

Brand Name/History Shouldn’t Dictate Price

I have been posting a lot of the shoes from the new (relatively) brands coming out of China specifically Yim Shoemaker, Acme Shoemaker and the house line of Yeossal, as I have been thoroughly impressed with their work and have noticed a theme among some commenters that I wanted to address. I believe that the idea of their train of thought is ultimately a concept that hurts the shoe industry as a whole and actually […]

June 10, 2020

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Fugashin Adelaide – Like No Other!

Vietnamese shoe producer (for their own brand as well as many other private label brands), Fugashin, has changed shoe design with this extremely unique adelaide oxford. So much so that if one wanted to get technical they could argue that this is not actually a real adelaide as the facing piece extends to the quarter and ultimately the counter, thus not actually being a separate piece as most adelaides are. Nevertheless, no matter what you […]

June 9, 2020

Coolest Shoe Trees Ever Made

Shoe trees are becoming almost as cool as shoes. They have come a long way in the last 20 years ago when all I saw was crappy spring-loaded cedar shoe trees offered by all of the big shops. Of course, bespoke makers always made them for their own shoes and were always nice, but they were not nearly as prevalent as they are today and of course, thanks to social media outlets like Instagram and […]

June 8, 2020

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New Brand: Aurélien – Smart Luxury

There is a new European brand on the scene that is making what looks to be a very good alternative to the high-end (read expensive) smart casual scene that we have seen conquered by Brunello Cucinelli and the other well know Italian Brands. Their name is Aurélien (very nice name by the way). Their whole marketing strategy is interesting to me. They have a coined term called ‘Smart Luxury’ which they claim is “Exceptional quality. […]