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October 10, 2018

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Color Coordination

Color coordination is not as easy as it would seem. There is a fine line between doing it just right and going overboard and thus standing out in a bad way. This image represents one of those bold, fine line situations but done just right to be well executed. And when it come sto tan shoes and navy it becomes a fight line. But what I like about this combo is the fact that the […]

October 9, 2018

New J.FitzPatrick Footwear US website now Live – Part 1

Dear All, It has been a long time coming but we are finally ready to launch our US side of J.FitzPatrick Footwear. As a small, privately funded company with only 5 total employees (worldwide), this has to come in stages as we work out all of the logistical challenges of launching a new company in a new market but we don’t want to leave hiccups on your end. So please read more to understand the […]

October 5, 2018

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The Stripped Patina by Yim Shoemaker

I am not going to lie and say that this shoe by Yim Shoemaker out of China, is the most practical shoe or style of patina but when I saw this picture I fell in love with it. First, I am really admiring adelaides these days. Secondly, the pattern + last combo is outrageously well done and beautiful. And finally, it is simply super frickin’ unique and just outright cool in my humble opinion. I […]

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]

September 26, 2018

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Winson Shoemaker – Indonesia’s Finest

Asia is all of the rage these days for quality shoemaking. They have impressive bespoke makers coming from mainland China and Singapore, and RTW makers on par with many European factories coming out of SE Asia, specifically Taiwan and now Indonesia. The latest ones that I have come to discover, are Winson Shoemaker out of Indonesia who seem to make a very well made welted shoe (not sure if Goodyear or Hand). Curious to see where else […]

September 19, 2018

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Meermin Goes Green!

For A/W18 Meermin Mallorca has a couple of green shoe options circulating in their current collections. It would appear that green shoes are getting more popular as I continue to see them across multiple brands from different countries and it is quite refreshing to see this occurence. A dark green leather IMHO is going to be a relatively versatile choice for your more smart casual wear. As you can see here it pairs well with […]

August 15, 2018

August 11, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear — Last Weekend of Sale!

The J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale is coming to an end and we still have a lot of shoes left at great prices! Core Products — We decided to mark these down at 20% off .at our 2nd markdown and holds for 3 more days This opportunity doesn’t come often so take advantage while you can. Some of our core products include the classic Magnolia oxford, the illustrious Laurelhurst loafer, the iconic Stefano saddle oxford and the famous denim Wedgwood boot. Seasonal Products — These […]

July 18, 2018

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New Chinese Bespoke Shoemaker – Yim Shoemaker

I love an underdog story and all of these Chinese bespoke shoemakers for me represent just that. Due to the industry of cheap labor and products, China over the last 50 years has received such a bad wrap for making ‘cheap things’ to the point where people scoffed at anything Chinese made. Now, I can most certainly agree with being against child labor and underpaying your employees to the point where it is nearly slavery […]

July 9, 2018

How To Sport a Spectator

I feel like most people are afraid of rocking a full-on spectator shoe. Naturally, it is not the most practical model for your banking job but as the world is becoming more and more casual, I don’t see why it is not something that people are not gravitating more towards. I can see that they are not appealing to people that live in places that have harsh weather for most of the year, but for […]