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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 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 […]

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 9, 2017

James Fox of Crockett & Jones – Interview

1.  What is your role at Crockett & Jones? And not just a title, what are you responsible for? I mainly focus on the hands on Marketing & Advertising… that sort of thing! We do print and digital production in-house, so it is one hell of a battle! It takes a big effort constantly creating content for the digital generation.   2.  How long have you worked at C&J? 8 years this coming spring.   […]

October 30, 2017

Mexican Shoemaker Doing Thing Different – Atelier Amareto

Those of you in the US might be familiar with the shoemaking culture that Mexico has had over the last century, but for of you on the other side of the planet, it might come as a surprise to know that in Leon, Mexico shoemaking has been thriving for many many years and clearly still continues with brands like Atelier Amareto by Claudio Lopez. With Mexico’s proximity to the United States, it might not come as […]

October 18, 2017

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Very Interesting Double Monk by Cobbler Union

It is often refreshing to see double monks done differently as, to be honest, I am quite over the classic double monkstrap that simply swoops from one side to the next in one, large flap. Seeing new ways to design the straps is always interesting as you can see the creative juices flowing in the mind of the designer. Pattern making is a challenging thing and sometimes also limiting to a designer as what you […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

September 25, 2017

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Blue Suede Beauties on Sale by Skoaktiebolaget

  There are some sweet shoes on sale right now at Skoaktiebolaget’s website, two of them being these beautiful blue suede numbers by Carmina. The featured above is one of my favorite combinations of the year. As many of you may know blue is my favorite color, and I just love it in suede even more. And creating a two-tone out of it puts it right up my alley. Skoak did a job at great […]

September 21, 2017

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Americana Style Brogues by Septieme Largeur

Americana style is spreading to France with Septieme Largeur’s interpretation of the longwing gunboat brogue. I have always had mixed feelings about this model. I feel like I could like it if done on a slimmer type last but you often see it on these heavy, robust like lasts. It’s hard to tell if this last is more slim or robust but from what I know of SL, it is probably closer to the slim side unless […]

September 19, 2017

Mario Bemer’s New Model

Last June I was in Florence visiting a factory for my upcoming trainer line and managed to stop by to say hello to my friend Mario Bemer as I try to always do when in June. I was unfortunately just missing Pitti Uomo which is what he was preparing for. A part of that preparation was the launch of his new model, as seen here. I took a picture of it (as was immediately in […]