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July 17, 2014

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Corthay Canvas Shoes for S/S2015

I have always loved canvas as a material. The only thing that I do not love is how hard it is to clean when it gets dirty. White Chuck T’s (converse all star’s) are the ultimate no-no shoe for this very idea, but they always look cool. But as someone who hates a dirty/scuffy shoe, I could never allow myself to get a pair of those. This is where I am with these Corthay’s. Looking […]

July 10, 2014

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Random Beauties to Enjoy!

It’s another one of those days where I am a bit pressed for time, so I will keep it brief and just give you all some pictures to admire. I hope that you enjoy what you see and will be back tomorrow for some more Shoe Snob goodness! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

May 30, 2014

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Updates on J.FitzPatrick Footwear

As many of you might know, I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Part of that thinking has to do with the blog, The Shoe Snob, and of course the other part has to do with the direction and future of my footwear line J.FitzPatrick (for those that don’t know, I am also a shoe designer and J.FitzPatrick is my brand). A lot of you gave great advice on the direction of The […]

May 19, 2014

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 5: Creating Your Brand/Business Model

It’s been awhile since I have kept up with my “How to become a shoe designer” series. This is mainly due to the fact that as I was writing it previously I had come to the point in which I could not go anymore as I had not lived/accomplished the next stages of the process. But alas, 2 years later, I have and am back to write a few most posts on the subject. Part […]

March 19, 2014

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Foster & Son’s New Antiquing Option

One of Foster & Son’s claim to fame apart from the legendary last maker, Mr. Terry Moore, was their amazing archival collection of bespoke samples. And what was so cool about these old samples was the fact that many of them had sat in a shop window for so long that the leather became naturally bleached from all of the years of exposure to the sun. It was such a beautifully muddled look that it […]

December 18, 2013

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The Country Shoe – My Way

I have always liked the idea of a heavy brogue shoe with a thick sole (think classic longwing in pebble/scoth grain by Trickers). That being I liked the look of this ideal model and I liked the idea of it being a stomper that could last you a long time but the only problem is that I never liked the heavy aspect of it. It was a contradiction in itself, but I knew that there […]

December 10, 2013

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Shape is the Key to a Beautiful Shoe

I have come to the conclusion that shape alone is the key to a beautiful shoe. No matter how silly looking everything else might be, an elegant shape will at least command your attention and even if you may not appreciate the upper, you will at least admire the shoe for its shape. You know this when you look at a boring black brogue like this one shown and are blown away by its simplistic […]

December 7, 2013

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New J.FitzPatrick Exclusives & A/W2013 Shoes In!

Dear Readers, Okay, so finally my A/W2013 stock has come in and is now available for purchase either through my company or by coming into Gieves & Hawkes (soon to be Timothy Everest in Feb/March 2014) in London. As an update to the way in which I can take payment, I no longer require people to have to have a Paypal account in order to conduct a transaction. I can now take card payments. Hopefully […]

October 18, 2013

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Shoes Look Best When On Feet!

Don’t have a ton of time to write a lot tonight my friends. Been a catch-up kind of a day. I don’t think that I have formally mentioned this, but early next year my time with Gieves & Hawkes will be expired and I will be soon find myself collaborating with the great Timothy Everest; a venture that I am very much looking forward to (not that I am not grateful for my time at […]

September 5, 2013

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Norwegian Stitch & Koronya Bespoke Shoes

    I have always had conflicting feelings towards the Norwegian stitch construction. On the one hand it looks very sturdy and makes me feel that put on a shoe, would make that shoe last forever. It is becomes almost a necessity to have it be on a double sole, which makes it that much more heavier and that is the precise reason for me being steered away from the idea for this long. But […]