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January 17, 2017

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Loake New 1880 Export Grade

I have never been the biggest supporter of Loake, not because they can’t make a good shoe, but mainly because of their prevalent use of bookbinder leather on their lower end lines as well as a general lack of anything but classic models. There was never anything that jumped out at me and made me think, ‘wow’. Their 1880 line I always found was a good value for money and a great entry point for […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]

September 24, 2016

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Orban’s – The Brand To Watch Out For In 2016

For those that have yet to discover, there is a brand new shoe venture on the scene and their name is Orban’s. The company was founded and launched by the same man, Mr. Marcos Fernandez, that brought to the world the very famous brand Septieme Largeur. Wanting to offer well made shoes at an unbeatable entry level price, he decided to create Orban’s and thus attempt realize his vision of seeing more and more people […]

September 7, 2016

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Things to Know About Shoes: Part 1 – The First 10

There are many questions that people have about shoes; questions that are not easily found or answered. Here I will try and do my best to answer as many as I can think of from not only many different situations that I have experienced but from simple facts/opinions that I have learned during my time in the industry. Here are the first 10 that I have managed to scrape from my tired, Sunday night mind….I […]

August 31, 2016

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Misconceptions in Footwear – Shining Different Leathers

I always get people asking me how you shine this leather or that leather, i.e. cordovan, crocodile (and all exotics) or chromexcel leather etc. The thing is, you shine them exactly as you would calf leather. I find that anyone attempting to tell you that you need some special product for them is just trying to sell you something that is not truly necessary. I have always used the exact same products and got brilliant […]

August 19, 2016

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Best Crockett & Jones – Ever!

Sometimes a relatively simple shoe that might look good but be a bit flat in character can be uplifted a million times over with a bit of work in the polish and color department. I am actually working on a post about doing home made patina for beginners, a sequel to my very generic one that I did years ago. Don’t get your hopes up though as I probably won’t release it for a little […]

July 1, 2016

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New Design Work – The Shoe Snob/J.FitzPatrick

The thing that makes me most happy about being a shoe designer is seeing my designs and ideas come to life. In the beginning, I tried to release a mixture of classic and contemporary designs to appeal to all clients alike. But as I have mentioned before, before launching I created a portfolio of about 50 designs, most of which were particularly ‘different’ to the standard shoes we see in the industry. A good example […]