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April 24, 2018

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NYC Sample Sale – Drakes/The Armoury

  Sharing is caring so thought that I would share with all of you what I found on Permanent Style Instagram story feed as there is nothing better than a good sample sale. Just sorry for those that cannot make it to NYC! Happy Shopping! Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’

September 21, 2015

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The Best Shade of Tan by Carmina

    For me, tan is a hard color to get right. If it is way too bright, it is hard to wear with most suits that we have in our wardrobe. If it is too dark then it might as well be mid-brown. Getting it just right is where the trick lies. The problem is that it cannot really be done just by buying the leather (from the tannery). You have to alter it […]

March 16, 2015

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Good Light + Beautiful Shine = Great Photography

I have said it before and I will most likely say it again but good light, a fun backdrop and a good shine equals a beautiful representation of any shoe, particularly the nice ones. This picture, shot by one of the employees at The Armoury NYC, of the double monk Saint Crispins cap boot is one of the nicest that I have seen in awhile. What I really like about it (apart from the lovely […]

November 12, 2014

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Hand Stitching by G&G

So I am here in the wee hours of the morning in Hong Kong, having spent half a day here and already seeing so many things and finally have spent my first bit of time in Asia. It’s quite different here to be honest, but as I am someone who always appreciates seeing new cultures and experiencing their essence, I must say that for the first night here, I have enjoyed myself quite a bit […]

October 17, 2014

The Shoe Snob/J.FitzPatrick Goes To Hong Kong & Singapore

After a year and a half of the J.FitzPatrick brand being in existence, I have finally been fortunate enough to take myself and shoes to Hong Kong and Singapore for a few trunk shows. I am quite excited, not only to meet my supporters out there but also because I have never been to that side of the world and greatly look forward to experiencing new things. I know that many of you in that […]

July 4, 2014

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The Shoe Snob & J.FitzPatrick Go to Asia!

  In my quest to travel the world, display my shoe line and meet all of the supporters of not only the The Shoe Snob blog, but also J.FitzPatrick Footwear, it has been made official that I will now be off to Asia at the end of this year for some new Trunk Shows, specifically in Hong Kong and Singapore. It comes with great excitement to be making this announcement as I have always desired […]

July 2, 2014

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Spigola by Koji Suzuki

  I was recently looking at holy grail of shoe magazines — a Japanese one called LAST — and realized how many Japanese shoe brands that A. I had never heard of and B. That have absolutely no presence outside of Far East. It made me sad (not really but…) to think that we out here in the West have very little access to these beauties that was I drooling over. I am not 100% […]

April 1, 2014

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Carmina – The Review

I have always loved and respected Carmina shoes and what they do as a company. While I don’t think that Spanish shoemaking as a whole is the best in the world, I definitely don’t think that it deserves its reputation for inferiority either (Spanish shoemaking, not Carmina), particularly because of the actual good shoemakers that are out there making brilliant shoes, Carmina being among the best, if not THE BEST. I make my own shoes […]

October 18, 2012

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Farfalla Shoes – The Armoury

There aren’t many shoes styles that I don’t own that I have been dying to get, but out of the few that there actually are, the Belgian styled loafer is definitely near the top! I have always been so curious about these unmistakeably distinguished loafers, mainly for the simple fact that the piping/bow always contrasts to the rest of the shoe, which as many of you know, is something (contrasting) that I quite fancy. I […]

October 10, 2012

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Saint Crispins In The Flesh!

Not too long ago The Armoury had a trunk show here in London with Saint Crispins as one of their attendees. As you know very well, I am quite a fan of them, so this gave me the perfect opportunity to make sure that my liking was not just in pictures, but also in person. Needless to say, they were very very nice in person and I was even more pleased when I tried this […]