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April 13, 2017

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Bookbinder Leather — Don’t Be Fooled

While living in America and working at Nordstrom (way back when), I remember many of the Italian brands making shoes in what looked like a cross between calfskin and patent. Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana loved the stuff! And to be honest, as I was young and a bit naive, I remember being quite attracted to these shiny things. They had all of the glitz & the glam and thus looked the part of […]

July 15, 2016

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Belgian Loafers Everywhere!

The smart casual world has blown up as of recent and in my opinion greatly with the help of Instagram. And many of the brands associated with this world are Italian ones that are fusing classic dress shoes models with casual soles. And the popular model that many of them share as a product offering is none other then the wonderful Belgian loafer. As seen here, the brand Superglamorous offer their version in 3 different […]

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”

August 20, 2013

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Ferragamo Goes British

I am not going to lie, I used to really like Ferragamo and if I am going to be even more honest, I still kind of do. That being, I don’t like everything that they do, but sometimes, just sometimes they make a very nice shoe, one that is beautiful and well made and could stand next to the greats. That’s one thing that upsets me about some of the Italian companies. Many of them, […]

June 4, 2013

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Barbanera’s New Collection for S/S2013

Proclaimed by me as ‘King of the Spectators,’ Barbanera (which mean’s black beard in Italian) has released their new range of shoes for the Spring/Summer of 2013. Keeping up with their two-toned theme, you’ll see some interesting pairing of colors, such as this black/burgundy adelaide with intricate brogueing, above. As fringes seem to be all of the rage these days they have also included a few color variations of a fringed monk strap called Jerry […]

March 27, 2013

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Balmoral Boots That Make One Cry

These two precise colors are probably my absolute favorite color combination, even more than my staple choice of black and red!. So needless to say, when I saw these lovelies (by Enzo Bonafe– I believe…source did not seem 100%), my mouth dropped to the floor as I would die to have a shoe in these colors. While it is hard to get a good feel for this boot due to the picture angle, what I […]

March 14, 2013

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Bontoni Brilliance!

I never really see Bontoni’s anymore and I just finally discovered why. Apparently, the founder (the grandfather) put a clause into the contract when he sold the company (or passed it on) to his heirs (son or grandsons -whichever) stating that he did not want his shoes to be sold in Europe (specifically Italy — on a RTW basis) but only be provided as custom creations. I was told that when they first started, it […]

November 12, 2012

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The Shoe Snob Pop-Up Shop At Selfridges

As my time in London progresses it would appear that my services offered and The Shoe Snob name seem to be progressing with it and therefore find myself doing more and more things. Sometimes I don’t even realise all of the things that I am doing, and just see them as normal day to day work and progress towards my bigger goal: J.FitzPatrick Footwear. But then sometimes when I get a chance to be alone […]

November 6, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Bontoni Loafer MTO

Whilst living in America, I had the ability to see Bontoni shoes anytime I wanted. I just had to exit my job, walk about 100 yards and boom, there I was in Mario’s looking at Bontoni’s latest and greatest. But now that I live in Europe, I NEVER get to see them anymore, as I believe that they only really export their RTW stuff to America (and maybe the Far East). I have heard that […]