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November 19, 2019

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Santoni’s Sneaker Monks in Black Suede

I like monkstraps as dress shoes, but after seeing this sneaker variation by Santoni, I am questioning if I actually like them better as a plim sole smart shoe. When I saw these Santoni’s I was blown away. Everything about them, for me, was perfect. I love black suede. I love the leather piping instead of stitching on the apron. I love that they are all black, suede and sole. And I love that they […]

July 2, 2019

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New Shoes on The Marketplace – July 2nd 2019

The Marketplace is growing. People have a lot of shoes they want to get rid of and are listing them here. We have all kinds of makers listed on The Marketplace. And remember not all of the shoes are used. For example the Septieme Largeur shoes below in UK7/US8 are all brand new, and listed for a steal of a price at that! Whoever is lucky enough to be that size is going to win! […]

May 23, 2017

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Breaking In Shoes – Your First 30 Days

JM Weston Triple Sole Brogue – Hard to Break In!!! When you think about buying shoes, most people probably think about getting the most comfortable thing that they can find, as when we are not sleeping, we are most likely on our feet. Now assuming that our feet were made for walking on earth (dirt, soil etc.), one would think that wearing stiff leather in comparison might not be the most sound idea, which is […]

February 1, 2017

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Fur Inside Smart Boots? Yay or Nay?

I have always been a bit skeptical about fur inside of boots. It’s not the most ‘manly’ thing (this is what I thought when I was younger). And it wasn’t until I spent a few days of Winter in Latvia where it got to around -20 centigrade. I wore my Snoqualmie boots with thick socks but realized that it was not sufficient in keeping my feet warm. My girlfriend had warned me about it, telling […]

November 17, 2016

The Elongated Norwegian Split Toe

In the split toe world, there are 3 types of constructions. There is the basic machine stitch split toe where you just see a small seam down the town (stitch on the inside), then there is the inverted hand stitch split toe (think Edward Green Dover), which is quite very popular among Italian brands and then you have the Norwegian split toe which is generally a hand stitched apron and split. Now within that realm […]

October 13, 2015

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Santoni A/W2015 Stock….Looking Cool!

Santoni’s new boot collection is all about something covering the vamp area of the boot, whether it is a strap, some kind of spat or even a kilt. It is quite interesting to be honest. It may not be everone’s cup of tea but at least it is not the same ‘ol boring crap season after season. And that is what Santoni is good for. At heart they are a classic company, but in reality […]

December 3, 2014

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When Collaborations Go Wrong and Involve Good Companies

I was searching for some cool Santoni’s to put up on the blog, in the hopes to find a new model from their goodyear welted range. Unfortunately I did not have much luck in that search but I did come across these bad boys which I must say might be even a bit bold for your wildest dandy. I never mind doing/seeing things done a bit differently but polka dots on men’s shoes, to me, […]

July 16, 2014

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Santoni’s Goodyear Line

I have a love/hate relationship with Santoni. I don’t really hate them, they are actually very nice people who treated me very kindly when I went to visit their factory some years back. But I do love what they can do, which is what they do least of i.e. their Goodyear welted line. They seriously have the potential to be one of the greatest factories in Italy, doing shoes that stack up against any John […]

June 25, 2014

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The New Double Monk

When something becomes a trend, I usually stay far from it. The reason that I do this is because I like unique things and the very idea of a trend means that it won’t be unique. Therefore, when the explosion of double monks came onto the scene a few years back, I was really not that impressed. But the reason was not because I don’t like double monks, it was more because many of them […]

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 […]