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July 18, 2018

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New Chinese Bespoke Shoemaker – Yim Shoemaker

I love an underdog story and all of these Chinese bespoke shoemakers for me represent just that. Due to the industry of cheap labor and products, China over the last 50 years has received such a bad wrap for making ‘cheap things’ to the point where people scoffed at anything Chinese made. Now, I can most certainly agree with being against child labor and underpaying your employees to the point where it is nearly slavery […]

July 9, 2018

How To Sport a Spectator

I feel like most people are afraid of rocking a full-on spectator shoe. Naturally, it is not the most practical model for your banking job but as the world is becoming more and more casual, I don’t see why it is not something that people are not gravitating more towards. I can see that they are not appealing to people that live in places that have harsh weather for most of the year, but for […]

July 7, 2018

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Discover the Leavenworth Ghillie – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The Ghillie’s roots date back to the original brogues that Scotsmen used to wear through the highlands to drain out their shoes from all of the water. Now you see a Ghillie and it no longer needs to be a true brogue. It has finally evolved with modern times and because of that, I decided to have a stab at creating my own interpretation of one at my brand J.FitzPatrick Footwear. Our Leavenworth model is […]

June 12, 2018

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It is an oxford. It is an adelaide (for […]

May 23, 2018

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – PRICE DROP!!

PRICE DROP IN ALL MODELS IN MY SHOE SNOB BLOG SHOP AS LINKED BELOW Many of these, as usual, are in immaculate condition having seen the light of day less than 5 times. And nearly all come with toe taps and one form of shoe tree. They all ship from London and will use Royal Mail unless the parcel goes over 2kgs of which then DHL or UPS will be used. Please read carefully before purchasing. […]

May 9, 2018

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Best Shoe Instagram Account – Crockett & Jones

Most Instagram accounts are simply a makeshift attempt at uploading random photos, quite hardly ever with a theme used to present the account. But Crockett & Jones is one of those that proves that with thought, effort and a good customer base, one can put together a very well present Instagram account that has cohesion and elegance. And C&J is hitting that on the head in every aspect, from immaculate photography, to beautiful artwork and an […]

April 19, 2018

What’s In Your Shoe Closet vs. What Should Be In Your Shoe Closet?

For those of you who are just getting into dress shoes a question that you may ask yourself is ‘What do I need to make a well-rounded wardrobe?’ And it is a valid question too as there are a lot of options out there and knowing exactly what to get can be quite daunting, like when I have to pick a cloth for a MTM suit. The more options and availability the harder it can […]

April 13, 2018

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Löf & Tung – New Swedish Shoe Brand on the Block!

Many of you will be familiar with the Swedish shoe shop, Skoaktiebolaget. Few of you might, however, be familiar with the history of the owners and how they came to be. Best friends from youth, Patrik Löf and Daniel Tung have been doing things for a long while as a team, a partnership. With a background (and another company) in IT but a liking for menswear, specifically shoes, they started their shoe adventure as agents […]

March 28, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #9 — SKOLYX/TLB

The Swedish retailer Skolyx has made a name for itself through excellent customer service and a wide range of shoes from Spanish brand Yanko which you can find at their website. At the super trunk, they will kick-off a new venture which is a close collaboration with a brand new Mallorcan-based manufacturer called TLB. The new brand will be introduced closer to the event, but according to what Jesper, of Shoegzaing, has seen the new […]

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 […]