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November 18, 2019

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My Autumn Wear – Boots and Rollnecks

Autumn is an interesting season in NYC. You can have weather from as beautiful as the low 60’s and sunny to freezing cold, wet and windy down to below 30. Sometimes that can even happen from one day to the next. It makes picking your clothes a special job in itself as if you don’t read that forecast carefully you could find yourself in a world of pain with the cold! Autumn is my favorite […]

October 25, 2019

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What I am Wearing – Boots

For those that don’t already know, I am a boot guy. So bad in fact that I recently had to drastically downscale my collection as prior to selling off a ton of my personal stock holding, the boot side of my wardrobe alone was around 60 pairs. If it didnt get so hot here in NYC and physical space came cheap, I would wear them all year ’round. So you can imagine that I love […]

October 23, 2019

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Norman Vilalta’s Latest Models

I had a nice, quick visit with my good friend Norman Vilalta the other day as he was showcasing at Leffot of NYC. Each time I see his collection, I am more and more impressed with not only the quality, but the colors, the designs, and the overall amazing beauty they have. And I tell you that these photos do not do them justice at all. I love Norman’s style as truth be told, it […]

Happy New Year from The Shoe Snob!

2017 has been a tough year on many levels but probably the best year yet in reality, as I learned a lot about life, struggle, appreciation, the fact that life goes on and feel that I can finally get back up on my feet and again start becoming the person that I want to be. Although appreciating my time in Europe, the people that I met, the experiences had, my business developed, and most importantly […]

December 18, 2017

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 2 – Scuffing

One thing that really baffles me is when people can’t imagine how scuffs got on their shoes and then blame the manufacturer for this. It’s incredible too that they could even attempt to think that it could be the leathers’/manufacturers fault. Allow me to explain a few things about scuffing so we can get this all out on the table and thus everyone can understand a bit more about the perplexity of this so-called phenomenon. 1.As […]

January 18, 2016

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Hiking Boot Style Goes Strong with Sperry

When I went to Pitti this time around, I saw a good amount of the classic alpine boot done in all kinds of variations. I even saw some really great ones by one Italian brands but they had never heard of The Shoe Snob (or even what a blog was, in 2016 go figure) and wouldn’t let me take pictures as they are still in the archaic mentality that someone will steal from them. It […]

February 16, 2015

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Feit Wool Hiker

Okay, so I am now back in Mayfair of London and just going through all of the motions of moving and getting back up to simple organizational standards. But that means that I have had a lot less time for emails, social media and the blog, hence why all of my recent posts have been with minimal writing. I promise that soon it will all be back to normal. Its not to mention that I […]

January 22, 2015

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New Scarpe di Bianco at Pitti Uomo 87

  Another brand that I always enjoy visiting while I am at Pitti Uomo is Scarpe di Bianco. Apart from enjoying a nice catch up with owner William White, I know that I can always count on them to have new interesting and cool models, such as most of these in the pictures. William does exactly what I would love to do if funds were more available and that is to simply make tons and […]

December 5, 2014

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J.FitzPatrick A/W Shoes Now In Stock!

  The A/W stock to my footwear line, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, has finally arrived! For this season I have stepped out of the classic dress shoe type and finally realized a shoe that I have always wanted but had never found one that really struck me and that is the classic Alpine boot. Calling it the Snoqualmie and naming after a ski resort/mountain in Washington (my home state), the purpose of the design was to try […]