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July 30, 2019

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Amblier – New Welted Shoe Brand out of Sweden

There is another new shoe brand on the scene, offering welted shoes out of Spain with rubber soles and lasted shoe trees. All packaged nicely together at around $360-$385. That comes with free worldwide shipping. And their name is Amblier. Amblier is the house brand from the online shoe retail, The Sabot. And the Sabot was created by two gentlemen, one silent partner and one very recognizable @Erikged from Instagram. They came on the scene […]

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

July 16, 2019

Wood & Paper Shoes by Orma Shoemaker x Zouganista

A pretty cool project recently went underway between a bespoke shoemaker and a wooden inlayer in the heart of Florence, Italy. For a presentation at the latest Pitti Uomo, they created three samples of shoes, one being a normal, leather brogue, another being made the same but in special cuts of wood (the middle, brown one) and one is in white paper (looks like paper mache). The shoemaker is called Orma Shoemaker (Wataru Shimamoto), trained […]

May 31, 2019

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Patina Inspiration – Where it Comes From?

This is one of my favorite patinas of the year and in general, that I have ever seen. I absolutely love the colors in it. I cant say for sure if I would wear them personally but I do love the look of them and more importantly how the patina artist, Chris Gunsolley of Waxed and Dyed (of Australia), gained his inspiration behind the coloring of them. I cant imagine what its like to be […]

May 3, 2019

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The Allen Edmonds Brogue

I am not going to say that Allen Edmonds is my favorite brand but I have always liked the way they do their brogued oxfords. Something about them always stood out for me. Trying to thinking about it now, it would appear that there are a couple of things that I notice that differentiate them from others: 1. They use double stitching around the brogueing. This feature here is probably the one that really helps […]

April 22, 2019

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Per Nobile – Russian Shoemakers to Watch Out For!

My favorite shoe of the Bespoke Shoemaking competition was actually the one that took 9th place and was made by Russian Shoemakers, Per Nobile. It is the shoe highlighted and the one that blew my mind away in terms of pattern making, which I feel often goes overlooked in this contest as maybe the direction of the discussion is often more heavily weighed into looking at details like how narrow the waste is and how […]

April 4, 2019

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Purple Patina for the Win

Black, brown and burgundy shoes are apparently all too common now. Purple seems to be the new black as I keep seeing MTO shoes being made in it. Just waiting for some bold somemaker to release a proper purple shoe in their RTW collection. And The Shine, of Poland, just might be the ones as they specialize in patina and can make a shade of purple less feared by the majority of men! This shade […]

March 27, 2019

Yeossal – Scott’s V-Cap Oxford

As I was taking my time shining, take pictures, and leaving on the floor of my showroom the two pairs of handwelted oxfords from new Singaporean brand, Yeossal, I think that I got more compliments on their shoes than my own. People were always like ‘oh, those ARE nice! Can I buy those?’ And sadly, I was like, ‘No, you can’t with me, but with Yeossal you can!’ But it was one of those then and […]