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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 […]

June 11, 2012

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Why Is America Still So Far Behind

Goodyear welted Santoni – retailed at $975 5 years ago I used to think that I knew so much about shoes, back when I was just a salesman at Nordstrom and had yet to embark on my European adventures. I won’t hesitate to say though that due to my passion for shoes, I did know more than my co-workers, which ultimately is quite sad when I think about it because looking back it at now […]

July 11, 2011

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Shoes – Part 1: Construction

The world of shoes is a vast one. There are many different terms to describe not only the shoe’s style name, but also the manner in which it was made as well as the small details that you find on the shoe’s surface and it’s core. And while some of this knowledge might be trivial to many of you, I know that there still are many people who do not know (or confuse) the differences […]

February 7, 2011

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No Brown In Town = Yeah Right!

In this day and age, most of the strict sartorial rules have been thrown out the window, and rightfully so! Now, don’t get me wrong, some rules still apply and should never be broken but those that are so incredibly ridiculous and leave us all looking completely uniform and monotone (like ‘no brown in town’) are thankfully loosing their strength as the new generation of sartorialists plant their individualism into the minds of society. For […]

July 14, 2010

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Monk Straps

Why don’t you ever see anyone wear monk strap shoes? I really can’t figure it out. You hardly ever see them for sale at stores and even more rarely see them being worn. I feel like they are going into extinction. But why?? Are you afraid to wear them? Do you like them? In my encounters with them and bringing them out to customers on the sales floor I feel like they are the leper […]

June 24, 2010

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Burgundy Shoes – Where The Hell Are They??

Why is it so hard to find nice burgundy colored shoes? They used be everywhere. Now you have to scrounge to find them and 80% of the ones you find are some ugly-ass Bass Wejun styled loafer that your grandfather would have worn. For such an elegant color that is extremely versatile, you would think that it would be more readily available by many shoe brands. I guess with this new ‘brown being the new […]