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December 13, 2017

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Originality Goes A Long Way! – Barbanera Shows Us

As one of the Barbanera bros has recently had a birthday I thought that I would celebrate my appreciation of not only them as a brand but also as them as people as they are good friends of mine that I have a lot of respect for. In this day and age of the online world and anybody with a bit of buck being able to start a shoe brand that simply copies other brands […]

December 8, 2017

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A/W Closet Cleaning – Shoes I am Selling from My Wardrobe!

Having moved to NYC as of recent, I had to really take a look at what I was wearing and not wearing and thus what I needed and did not need. Shipping internationally is quite costly and I needed to minimize my expenditures. While there are many more shoes to come with this clearing out of my shoe closet, here is the first round of shoes that I am getting rid of to make my […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

December 5, 2017

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Reverse Skin Stitch by Magnanni

Magnanni has some new shoes out that appear to be the best that I have yet to see coming from them. I mean, I still wished that they did GY welted shoes but hey, to each his own. While I have never been a personal fan of their fit and feel, I have always respected Magnanni as a brand. They are probably the most famous shoe company out of Spain (not something easy to do), […]

December 3, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – One Week in NYC – Trunk Show at J. Mueser Bespoke

  As many of you may know, J.FitzPatrick Footwear is in the midst of expanding to the US market, specifically in NYC. This expansion, however, does not happen overnight and is a few months from being complete. In the meanwhile, as I am now based here in the Big City, I figured I would at least start by getting my presence felt and thanks to my good friend Jake Mueser of J.Mueser Bespoke, I have […]

December 2, 2017

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Bold Can Be Subtle – Fugashin Saigon

I never understood a dress code for work. I mean, by common sense, I understand the boundaries that they usually denote but never understood the strictness of them to a certain degree. For example, a job that requires the use of only black shoes. Now this obviously would be a conservative type of work environment which I can understand and they want people to be smart and look the part. The only problem is that […]

November 27, 2017

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Cyber Monday – Last Chance to Get 20% off Core Products at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Today is the last chance to take advantage of our seasonal Black Friday – Cyber Monday Discounts. To make easy reading, see below the models and their discounted price: Hawthorne, Issaquah, Laurelhurst –  £264 / £220 ExVAT Lynwood, Magnolia, McClure, Roosevelt, Sebastien, Wallingford, Windermere – £272 / £226.67 ExVAT Corliss, Madrona, Tony, Whittier – £280 / £233.33 ExVAT Wedgwood – £304 / £253.33 ExVAT Westlake Hazel – £336 / £280 ExVAT Westlake Black, Genesee Mulberry – £344 / £286.67 ExVAT ****EX VAT PRICES ARE FOR THOSE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE EU**** […]

November 23, 2017

Black Friday for Turkey Thursday at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans celebrating today with their family and good food galore. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday growing up, not for what it stood for but mainly because it was the holiday where I actually got most of my family together (Dad had 7 sisters) and we all ate great food cooked by my great-grandparents. It was always a nice experience. So, for those of you […]

November 22, 2017

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Sweyd Footwear – The New Trainers on the Block!

There is a new trainer company in town, hailing from Sweden and making some nice, Italian produced trainers in a very simple, classic and elegant derby pattern. They are called Sweyd Footwear. In the last few years, trainers have been gaining a lot of ground in the industry due Italian style and their fusion of dress. Many gentlemen these days are pairing chinos with a jacket and a pair of slim looking trainers underneath, tying it all […]

November 17, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – New Button Boots Now In Stock!

Everything has been running a bit late this season for us but we have finally received our new button boots and have them officially launched now at www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com We have added 4 new colorways, one being on the Westlake model in Dark Brown Museum Calf/Tobacco Suede, sticking to the same pattern and 3 of them with an added brogued cap toe, called the Carkeek. We have decided to put one model of the Carkeek on the […]