The Shoe Snob Blog

Braided Shoes Archive

March 13, 2019

Written by , Posted in American, News, RTW Makers

The Braided Shoe by Allen Edmonds

One thing I have always liked about Allen Edmonds was their boldness to do a lot of braided-leather shoes. From loafers to oxfords and even derbys, they always had braided options in ‘ol catalog. And even better still, they continue offering them to this day and that is what thing I love about this classic American company. The model above is apparently one of their new options added to one of their older models, the Strand. I […]

February 1, 2019

Ducal Firenze – Exciting Italian Creativity

While I am on the subject of impressive makers, one of my favorite Italian shoemakers that has gone under the radar for far too long, is Ducal Firenze.  I remember discovering them at Pitti Uomo Summer of 2014 (crazy how time flies as that feels like yesterday that I was there!) and being blown away by this shoemaker in an unassuming stall amongst the masses found at this trade show. I wrote a post about […]

October 29, 2018

Written by , Posted in European, News, RTW Makers

The Braided Sneaker

There are two things that I have been enjoying lately: 1. Braided leather/suede shoes and 2. Sneakers. In my ripe age of 34, I feel that I am becoming quite rigid in my mentality of what I want to wear these days. While I am sitting and writing this, I have a pair of navy calfskin balmoral boots with black suede uppers but feel that going so bold is just not quite in me anymore. […]

June 13, 2018

Discover the Laurelhurst II Braided Loafers – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to why you launch a new product. Something just happens in time and all things fall into place. That is kind of what happened with the Braided Laurelhurst II. I was at our factory and noticed a braided shoe and enquired about seeing the factory that does the braiding as I was intrigued. I had mixed feelings about braided shoes. I never liked all of the Mezlan ones […]

April 27, 2018

The Shoe Snob Hits Texas – Trunk Shows at Knot Standard

  With our impending US launch in NYC of a showroom and stock set to be ready in June, we are beginning our US expansion with trunk shows in Texas, specifically Houston, Austin and Dallas to be exact. The very kind host of these trunk shows is custom suit makers, Knot Standard who will be offering any J.FitzPatrick customer a free custom shirt with a suit purchase. Owning one 3-piece flannel suit, one Double-breasted Corduroy […]

April 2, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #10 — J.FITZPATRICK FOOTWEAR

The final brand to be showcasing at the London Super Trunk Show is none other than my own brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear. Below you will find in italics what Jesper of Shoegazing had to write of my own brand as sometimes I find it hard to write about myself in this capacity. “The brand of one of the two event’s hosts, Justin ”The Shoe Snob” FitzPatrick founded his own footwear range J. FitzPatrick Footwear back in 2013, and […]

March 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S18 Collection — Pre-Sale

It just became Spring and while in some places it is still snowing, in many others the beautiful sun has started to finally show itself after what felt like a long Winter. And of course with the beautiful weather we hope to feel in the Spring, comes beautiful shoes to accompany such sunshine, shoes that tend to be a bit more fun, less serious, full of color and just outright cool. And with our new […]

July 10, 2017

Written by , Posted in Italian, News, RTW Makers

Barbanera Sale & New Women’s Line

For those of you that may have missed it the few times that I have written about it, Barbanera who once only took MTO orders now has a website that sells RTW stock and much of it is currently on sale. I am particularly fond of the Balzac double monk, as shown above, for its intricate strap design. Not to mention I am a super fan of black suede, a material that sadly is not […]

February 11, 2016

Written by , Posted in Italian, News

Ducal – The Florentine Secret

I first discovered Ducal at the first Pitti that I ever went to and was incredibly impressed by what I saw and was surprised that I had never heard of them before. And while I still don’t know a ton about them I do know that they make incredible shoes with incredible design (my pictures really don’t do them any justice). They are based out of Tuscany and make shoes to every kind of standard […]

September 4, 2014

Written by , Posted in Italian, News, RTW Makers

Sutor Mantellassi at Pitti Uomo

I have been quite ill these past few days and thus left myself a bit behind in emails, sending out shoes etc and of course this leaves me with limited time to write on the blog, as per usual. But I thought for those of you who are interested in braided footwear, would appreciate seeing what was on offer at the stand of Sutor Mantellassi at the last Pitti Uomo. Having been always curious about […]