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April 18, 2019

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New Shoes on The Marketplace

For those that have not yet heard of The Shoe Snob Marketplace, please inform yourselves of one of my new ventures by reading the Blog Post Here. For those of you already in the know, please see here some new shoes that are up for grabs. The Marketplace is growing quickly and we have actual shoe brands on board, posting new shoes that you can’t get elsewhere. Start buying, start listing your own shoes and […]

January 14, 2019

Edhen Milano – New Brand Doing Things Differently

  There is new-ish, young Italian brand doing some very bold and interesting things. And their name is Edhen Milano. What first caught my eye was their take on the double monk loafer, as popularized by Santoni some years back. Then what got me really looking was their take on the Butterfly loafer, as seen above. I liked the pairing between suede and leather and even more so the burnishing on the brogueing bits which I […]

January 11, 2019

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The Wholecut Single Monk by Paolo Scafora

Seeing new designs and patterns always makes me excited. My favorite part about being a shoe designer is making samples and seeing a design come to life. But of course as I dont have all of the ideas in the world, I also love to see new things created by other brilliant makers too. Paolo Scafora is a brilliant ideas guy. He makes some next level design and this wholecut single monk is one of […]

October 26, 2018

Last Weekend of PreSale A/W18 Collection – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

My shoe brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, is in the final weekend of it’s Autumn/Winter 2018 PreSale. If you happen to like any of the models coming and wish to get a discount on them, these last 3 days are your final opportunity. Those Snoqualmie boots are going to be a great asset when the harsh weather comes! A note to all that care about paying shipping expenses, even at 10% off, all but the Kent still qualify […]

September 6, 2018

New GMTO’s by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  We are happy to launch our second round of GMTOs for 2018 with some really interesting and exciting new models / colorways. Trying to always push the boundaries of classic footwear sprinkled with a bit of modern touch we hope that you enjoy our new selection. We have added some brand new things to this round of GMTOs including our new ‘Tanker Shoe’ the Silverdale on our new SES last. We have also gone bold with […]

August 31, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – 30% Off Pre-Order Sale – Last Weekend!

  It is the final days of our Pre-Order Sale Period where you can get 30% off the retail price on all of the old Seasonal Models that we will no longer be stocking from this point forward. Remember that after this sale period, to order these same shoes will incur an added MTO fee and a 3-4 month wait period. A Pre-Order Sale shoe is something that you are getting at a discounted rate in exchange […]

August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

July 11, 2018

A Solid Line Up – A Personal Collection of Carmina Shoes

A pretty solid line up here shown by @armandomadrid of Instagram. This is just of his Carmina collection which is quite impressive really for having just one brand in 10 pairs of shoes. Very loyal which I am sure Carmina is happy about as I know that I love it when my clients are like that with me. If I had to critique it, I would say that only one thing is truly missing and […]

Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

June 25, 2018

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Antonio De Torres – Unique Chelsea Boots!

Antonio de Torres has some very unique models these days and one that caught my eye was his interpretation of a chelsea boot mixed with a monkstrap. I hadn’t really seen something like this before outside of high fashion brands so it was interesting to see this on a quality maker doing things very differently. And of course, while the monkstrap appears as non-functional it poses a feeling completely different to your typical chelsea boot. I can […]