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Wingtips Archive

June 4, 2020

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All Suede Lace Boots – Carmina

I really love an all suede lace boot. Especially in snuff, polo or tobacco suede. Yet it is something you do not often see and more often than not is something you have to order solely via Made to Order. It is quite rare that a shoemaker offers one as Ready to Wear. Not unheard of, but rare. And I never understood that as an all suede boot, for me, is so versatile, at least […]

April 24, 2020

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TLB Mallorca – MTO Program Gaining Traction

Spanish shoemaker, TLB Mallorca, has gained a lot of traction in the Marketplace in 2019 and continuing to do so in 2020, especially with the popularity of their Artista collection. Their signature adelaide has blown away much of the industry and is a very very attractive version that has been one of my favorites of recent times. You can see that below (on the feet). So TLB Mallorca came out with some solid foundation for […]

April 1, 2020

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Full Brogue Double Monks

I have always loved a double monk that was fully brogued. It adds a unique look to the now so common cap toe version that you see almost as prevalent as oxfords. Even better would be a suede version. I think I would give a lot of use to that. It just seems so versatile This version, by Chinese shoemaker Gordon Jimjun (IG), is perfectly balanced. Edward Green has a similar model but I always […]

March 31, 2020

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Purple Kiltie Monks by Paul Parkman

2019 showed us a lot of Purple shoes. As Instagram grows, and people’s closets do too, we found that purple shoes came around more so then than any time before. Once you get enough black’s, brown’s and burgundy’s in your wardrobe you start thinking about the other possibilities that can be achieved. It would appear that this happened to many, as my own brand did at least 5-10 purple MTO shoes in 2019. And I […]

June 12, 2018

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It is an oxford. It is an adelaide (for […]

December 15, 2017

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry – Part 1

While the name of the blog has the word snob in it and I can be quite harsh at times, a lot of what I do is try to educate in the hopes to grow the industry and make consumers more thought conscious about their actions and decisions when it comes to footwear. I have helped a lot of people in my time, having worked for Nordstrom for 6 years on the shoe floor, with […]

October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

September 21, 2017

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Americana Style Brogues by Septieme Largeur

Americana style is spreading to France with Septieme Largeur’s interpretation of the longwing gunboat brogue. I have always had mixed feelings about this model. I feel like I could like it if done on a slimmer type last but you often see it on these heavy, robust like lasts. It’s hard to tell if this last is more slim or robust but from what I know of SL, it is probably closer to the slim side unless […]

September 14, 2017

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Carmina’s New Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection

Carmina has recently launched their new A/W17 collection and there are some very cool and elegant options in there, not to mention that there are about 60 new SKU’s in total (which is a lot!) . As it is obviously highlighted, my favorite of the bunch is this two toned spectator brogue above. It is not often that you see this color-pairing of brown calf and olive suede and while some might deem it a […]

September 8, 2017

Welted Sole – New Online Shoe Shop

There is a new shoe retailer based out of the US, called Welted Sole, that just recently launched their new online shop. They currently only stock J.FitzPatrick Footwear for shoes but are also offering Bresciani socks and Saphir shoe care. And this is just the beginning. Their plan is to open a showroom in the Orange County area and of course add more shoe brands to their range of products. But like in all new […]