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June 27, 2017

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Francesco Benigno – Another Italian Gem

There are a lot of shoemakers in Italy. And a lot that many of us have never heard of, including myself. And many of them are extremely good with high level finishing that is on par with the best English makers. But you don’t know about them. Because many of them simply make for other brands and thus do not do so much marketing of their own name. Such is the case with Francesco Benigno […]

June 26, 2017

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Something Different – A Chelsea With Brogueing by Riccardo Bestetti

It’s always fascinating to see shoe design that has never been done before, and I am quite sure this new chelsea boot by Riccardo Bestetti is a unique one for the industry. It certainly is not the first attempt at a brogued chelsea boot but the lines on it are different than anything I have seen before, and they also changed the shape of the gore which is not often done either. It was and […]

June 15, 2017

Norman Vilalta Launches Gladiator Brogue for RTW/MTO at Pitti 92

For those of you that are fans of the brogue of all brogues, you will be pleased to know that Spanish shoemaker, Norman Vilalta, is currently showcasing his new RTW/MTO model at Pitti Uomo 92, hopefully to be ready soon for ordering by the general public. Inspiration taken from one of his old bespoke samples from years gone, it would appear that Norman found that this model should finally hit the streets with the offering of […]

May 28, 2017

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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, for example, change the color? I know I have, with many of my older shoes. This time I actually decided to do something about partly because I was never wearing these shoes and partly to provide you all a post about how to do it in the leisure of your home. Let me start off by saying that […]

May 25, 2017

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Paolo Scafora Now Carried at Skoaktiebolaget

I have always been a fan of Paolo Scafora. And it is not just for his amazing shoes but also because he a great individual, one that is genuine and passionate. These two traits always show in great shoemakers as they, for me, are prerequisites for lasting in this industry, one that can be very tough and cut-throat. So as Paolo carried these admirable traits I had always hoped that his shoes would get the […]

May 12, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear at London Super Trunk Show May 13th

The last brand to showcase for the London Super Trunk Show (tomorrow at The Music Room from 11am-8pm), is my very own, J.FitzPatrick Footwear. Tomorrow we will be in attendance showcasing our Spring/Summer collection as well as our core products. We are offering several incentives for you to all stop by. Everyone that plans on purchasing on the day will receive 20% off of their purchase. We are offering our Magnolia model in Cedar calf (pictured […]

May 8, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #10 — The Sabot

  We now present the final exhibitor at the London Super Trunk Show this coming Saturday May 13. It’s a Swedish based online retailer named The Sabot, selling their own brand, Antonio Meccariello and the all-new RTW range from the Japanese Yohei Fukuda, who also will come to the event. Visitors will have an exclusive opportunity to buy and order their offerings ahead of the actual store opening in a few weeks. Behind The Sabot are the […]