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August 6, 2014

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Norman Vilalta – Not Just a Shoemaker, An Artist! Part 1

I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with Norman Vilalta and I must admit it was a great time. Rewind a few years and lets talk about the history. For me, when I first heard about Norman, I felt a connection with him, even though we had yet to meet, speak or have any sort of contact. That may sound weird, but our history was quite similar. His a bit different but as […]

July 29, 2014

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Treat Your Feet Right – William Abraham

I first had the pleasure of meeting Bram Frankel (the founder/owner of William Abraham) at my trunk show at Leffot in NYC, last November. He was (is) a really nice guy and I was thoroughly impressed with not only the amount of selection that he had on offer but also the amount beautiful patterns that he had in his collection. As it was my first trunk show in NYC, I was quite busy and did […]

July 28, 2014

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Carmina at Pitti – New Things to Come!

While at Pitti I visited my friends at Carmina and needless to say I was quite impressed with all of their new models/colorways that I saw, particularly this lovely combination in their balmoral boot as well as this new slip-on/oxford model directly below. Carmina never ceases to impress and seeing their showroom really gave me an idea of how big they are as a brand in reality. They don’t do a lot of marketing or […]

July 7, 2014

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Ivan Crivellaro – Not Just a Patina Artist

I had the real pleasure of finally putting a face to a name while at Pitti Uomo 86 and that name was Ivan Crivellaro. Having been a huge fan of his work and have communicated several times over internet, it was nice to finally meet another one of the men that is behind this new wave of patina greatness! And what is fascinating about this new wave of patina popularity in general is the fact […]

June 30, 2014

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The Future of Patina – Bespoke Patina

  I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Mr. Landry Lacour of Bespoke Patina, last week for what proved to be a very interesting evening in fine food and captivating discussion. Landry happened to be in town (as he gives courses in Patina) and since we have been in contact for a few years now and have also met a few times, decided to have a catch up to see what was both […]

June 23, 2014

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The Pitti Experience

After all of these years pouring over the countless pictures of Pitti Uomo that one finds spread across the internet come June and January, I finally decided to join the festivities by taking part in the peacock fest that Pitti has recently become. And I have to say, it was quite interesting. I won’t lie, I used to turn my nose up at the thought of everybody dressing up to out-do each other and then […]

June 2, 2014

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The New Trend = Museum Calf

It’s always interesting (and fascinating) to see what the latest trend in the shoe industry is. The last big one was the craze of double monks and the next one that has already started showing it’s face in several places on the web is the idea of having every shade of color of leather in it’s own ‘Museum’ version. For those that might not understand what I mean when I say that, the term Museum […]

May 9, 2014

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Dandy Shoe Care X J.FitzPatrick Blog Exclusive

Dear Readers, I am proud to announce the newest The Shoe Snob Blog exclusive: the collaboration between my brand, J.FitzPatrick and the patina extraordinaire Dandy Shoe Care. As a big fan of the idea of patina and the beauty that it can create in footwear, I thought that it would be fun to offer all of you a chance to get a J.FitzPatrick shoe with your very own customized patina on it. Therefore I reached […]

May 2, 2014

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The Patina – The Big Craze

The patina has definitely been the biggest trend in men’s footwear within the past few years. This trend, as big as it has gotten, I only feel is still just beginning. Let’s look at the history…… It was introduced to the world by none other than the likes of Berluti, back when they were a company pioneering many wonderfully new ideas. The first freelance patina artist was Hom Nguyen (who has later moved on to […]

April 29, 2014

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New George Cleverley Bespoke Model

In bespoke there are no limits to what you can do with a shoe. This simple fact however can be a blessing and a curse. Sure there are some guys who know dead-on what they want and that makes it’s simple, but what about when you want to create something new? When the possibilities are limitless, the task of choosing what you want can be quite daunting. That’s why it is nice to be able […]