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July 25, 2014

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Barcelona + Norman Vilalta

    Live from Barcelona and visiting the shop of Norman Vilalta, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek into the life of his work. I have always felt that we were kind of shoe brothers in the way that we share our history of our time in the shoe industry. Norman, like me, learned his craft in the workshop of Stefano Bemer in 2002-2003. I came 5 years later however and while […]

July 14, 2014

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Awl & Sundry – Customization Made Easy

  As I have said before, it is always interesting to see a new shoe brand coming out and thus figuring out what it brings to the table. Those that bring nothing, usually fade away, but those that create something unique and unlike what anyone has done before (or better than an existing company) usually do well and stick around for at least a while. In comes Awl & Sundry, a new brand who has […]

June 5, 2014

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Mr. Hare’s Quest for Blue Shoes!

It’s rare that I put a “designer” brand on the blog. Most of the designer labels are quite appalling in my opinion, but when it comes to Mr. Hare, I have always appreciated his execution of design. Where as I see my own brand as classic with a modern twist, I feel that his have always been modern with a classic twist. The other way around, means that while his base foundation involves making things […]

April 3, 2014

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Crockett & Jones Spring/Summer 2014

Today should hopefully (fingers crossed) be the last of my crazy manic days. Therefore while I don’t have a lot of things to say about the actual post today, I would like to present the Spring/Summer collection of Crockett & Jones. Lovely pieces as always and of course it brought a smile to my face to see all of the blue suede. Even though I am friends with the digital manager of the brand, who […]

March 21, 2014

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J.FitzPatrick Launch Event at Timothy Everest

Dear Readers, For those of that you that will be in or around London on the evening of April 10th, may I cordially invite you to attend the launch party that Timothy Everest and I will be hosting at the Elder st. location to announce not only our collaboration but our S/S2014 collections. Simply RSVP at the email provided on the eVite and I will look forward to seeing you all there! Sincerely, Justin, “The […]

January 31, 2014

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My Transition to Timothy Everest/Website Launch

  On January 18th, I kind of just disappeared off the face of the Earth (in London) as it was my last day at Gieves & Hawkes. The day after, it was as if I had never even existed. I am sure that some of you have gone in there to find that there is now just an empty desk with G&H memorabilia on it, that was once my station. It was a good run […]

December 20, 2013

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Bontoni Brilliance in Suede

Sorry my friends, running a bit behind today so not a lot of time to write much but thought that I would share with you these lovely Bontoni suede numbers that are quite appealing to say the least. Do wish that I owned a pair!! Have a lovely weekend to all, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

November 28, 2013

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TheShoeSnob.com is Live!

  Dear Readers, Okay, so I am finally back from my trip to the States and boy am I shattered!! What a long trip. It was rewarding however and I had a great time meeting all of you that came out to support. On another positive note, I have achieved my first stockist, Leatherfoot of Toronto. For those of you that live in Toronto, you should find my shoes in their shop around March/April 2014 […]

October 18, 2013

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Shoes Look Best When On Feet!

Don’t have a ton of time to write a lot tonight my friends. Been a catch-up kind of a day. I don’t think that I have formally mentioned this, but early next year my time with Gieves & Hawkes will be expired and I will be soon find myself collaborating with the great Timothy Everest; a venture that I am very much looking forward to (not that I am not grateful for my time at […]

August 23, 2013

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Blue Suede Monks by JM Weston

Everyone should own a pair of blue suede shoes. Period. They are A. So versatile; B. So frickin’ cool and C. Double extra cool. You can literally wear them with anything, and I mean that. What can’t you wear them with? That is the question. Sure, not a black suit, but who wears those outside of weddings, funerals, black tie events or being a bouncer at a club? Oh yea, a lot of America does […]