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Black Friday at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  ***Sponsored Post*** The J. FitzPatrick Black Friday Sale is now fully live! In addition to great deals on all of our ready-to-wear stock, any size that’s currently out of stock can be pre-ordered at a Black Friday discount, so if you’ve been wanting a pair, you can lock in your savings today! The quick rundown

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Black Friday Deals

*Sponsored Post* It’s that time of year! The holiday deals are in full effect for many brands, …

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Video Series – Up Close Details – Altan Bottier Goodyear Welted MTO

   Here we take a closer look at the MTO I ordered with Altan, a pair …

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Norman Vilalta – Derby Tarsal Brogue GMTO

I am going to keep it short and sweet as it is a very busy Monday today, …

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The Importance of a Good Sock

  Socks are one of those things that most of us hate to spend money on but …

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Video Series – Up Close Details – Septieme Largeur A/W21 Tobar Boot

   Here we take a look at one of Septieme Largeur’s latest models for their A/W2021 …

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Interview: Wilbur Tu of Graziat Taipei

There is a huge boom of shoemakers coming out of SE Asia these days and one of …

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Unboxing Videos

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Crockett & Jones Benchgrade Collection

   Here I an unbox a brand that really needs no introduction as one of the world’s most reputable shoemakers today: …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Oriental Shoemaker for Yeossal – The Handgrade Line

Here I unbox two pairs of shoes from Yeossal ‘s latest collaboration with Japan’s Oriental Shoemaker. As they have two collections, Benchgrade …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Carmina Shoemaker

   Here I unbox a pair of monkstraps from the most famous Spanish shoemaker: Carmina Shoemaker . This is a pair …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – TLB Mallorca New ‘Van Gogh’ Last

   It’s unboxing week here at The Shoe Snob Blog. And believe it or not, I have so many other pairs …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Spier & Mackay Wholecut Oxfords

 One of my latest supporters in the blog, Spier & Mackay, has sent over a pair for review and I am …

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The Shoe Snob – Unboxing Series – Septieme Largeur

? Here I unbox one of Septieme Largeur ‘s new A/W2020 boots, the Moissac. Septieme Larger is a brand I have respected …

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Product Reviews

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ACME Shoemaker – The Review

*** Warning: Picture heavy post. The pair was gifted with no strings attached. I was never asked to review these but I do so for …

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Shoe Review: TLB Mallorca ‘Artista’

For those that do not know, TLB Mallorca is one of the newer brands hailing from Spain but unlike the countless ones made by other …

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Herring Boots – The Review

I finally had the time to break out my new Herring Boots for a stroll in the park and weekend excursion to be able to …

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Yeossal Shoes – The Review

  There is a new shoe brand in town and I am here to write about them as they are most certainly worth being written …

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Altan Bottier – The Review

There are many makers you see online that are harder to find in person, many of them Japanese and some of them French. One of …

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Fugashin Saigon – Shoe Review

If you mentioned 10 years ago that the Vietnamese would be producing shoes as good as the British, people might have laughed at you. But …

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Baudoin & Lange ‘Sagan’ Loafer Review

My friend Mr. Allan Baudoin has come a long way since being just a young computer science student from Paris to launching his own bespoke …

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My Saint Crispins Boots – Review

After going to the Saint Crispins factory last year (and writing about it HERE), I worked with Phillip Car (the owner) to have a Saint …

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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 …

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Shoe Care

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Tip: Do Not Use Neutral Wax

Neutral Wax is the cause of many issues in the shoe-care realm of the shoe industry. Namely by regular people (i.e. no …

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Do Not Wear Brand New Shoes In The Rain

***Warning: I write direct, often crass, with lots of spelling and grammatical errors. I do not write this blog to become ‘an …

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Do Not Condition Brand New Shoes

I never understood why people do a full shoe shine regime on a brand new pair of shoes. I can understand wanting …

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The Elegant Oxford – Your Shoe Care Guide

Shoe Care might actually be the biggest and most popular subject in the shoe industry. Back when I used to post a …

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5 Shoe Shine “Don’ts” to Know About

There are many mistakes people make when shining their shoes. These mistakes sometimes have adverse effects on their shoes, which is no …

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PET PEEVES IN THE SHOE INDUSTRY PART 8: THINKING THAT CEDAR SHOES TREES ARE THE END ALL BE ALL

I am not going to lie here and pretend I haven’t done this and this is how I know that the issue …

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not …

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Leather Soles vs Rubber Soles

There is long debate on the differences between leather soles vs rubber soles with regards to comfort/durability/elegance etc. So I thought it wise to …

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A Guide To Shoe Trees

There is a lot of opinion/speculation on shoe trees and their importance in relation to footwear. Some well known so-called ‘facts’ in reference to …

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Breaking In Shoes – Your First 30 Days

JM Weston Triple Sole Brogue – Hard to Break In!!! When you think about buying shoes, most people probably think about getting the most …

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Additions To Your Sole

There is much debate on whether or not one should add things to his/her sole to make them last longer/protect from the elements. Some …

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The Importance of Toe Taps

Growing up in America and selling shoes at Nordstrom, I never really understood what toe taps where all about. I had seen the ones …

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Understanding The Fit of a Shoe

  I had a good question from a reader not too long ago and it was all about fit and how big the gap …

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Suede Shoes – The Big Misconception

Why is it that so many men are afraid to buy suede shoes for fear of ruining them? Suede is just like any other …

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Managing Your Shoe Purchase Expectations

G&G, the perfect shoemaker. When buying these they should be flawless, but that is what you should get for +£700 I recently had a …

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How To Patina Video – An Introduction

Another brief look into the art form that has taken the shoe industry by storm. Here, the basic steps are shown in order to get …

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How To

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How to Style Button Boots – Casually

  In the modern-day, it is not a rule that button boots have to be worn with …

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A Guide To Dyeing Your Own Shoes

  Have you ever been bored of a pair of shoes and wanted to do something about, …

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Restoring Old Shoes

A blog reader, in light of the shoe polishing contest, sent it a few pictures of some …

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How to Restore Your Suede Shoes – Video

Sometimes your suede shoes can get a bit rough looking, especially after one too many outings to …

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How To Restore Your Creased Leather Shoes – Video Tutorial

A shoe is rarely beyond recovery unless you are the type to never use shoes trees, wears …

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How To Create The Perfect Polish Cloth – Video

  Ever since doing my ‘How to Polish Your Shoes Properly‘ video, I have had numerous people …

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How to Button Your Button Boots

 Here is a video where I show how to fasten your button boots by hand, as …

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How To Become A Shoe Designer

(this will be ongoing until the end of it says “finished”) Part 1: I remember when I …

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Polish Your Shoes Properly

I know that for some of you, this has been a long time coming. So let me …

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This blog was created to not only show the journey of one man who wanted to make the shoe industry the best it could be but also the share all of the knowledge gained along the way. 

Ultimately this blog is about seeing men wearing better shoes through education and sharing what is out there that deserves recognition. 

Click the link to read more about me and my journey to make this all happen!