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Double Monks Archive

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 […]

August 25, 2017

J.FitzPatrick MTO Promotion – 50% Off MTO Fee

After having had a successful launch to our MTO program, and giving a good year of make-ups, we at J.FitzPatrick Footwear felt that it was finally time to offer a deal on our MTO program by knocking off 50% of the MTO fee from now until the end of Sept. Our MTO program is very flexible and there are many things that you can do within in, short of copying other models and/or creating a […]

December 30, 2016

Serbian Bespoke Shoemaker – Igor Suhenko

Discovering new shoemakers for me is like a kid discovering a new candy. Although I have known about Igor Suhenko for awhile now, I think that I have only shared his work once in the last few years so thought that I would revisit him. What I love about discovering shoemakers from countries outside of the stereotypical ones that we think of for most bespoke shoemakers is that they often have very different stylistic designs. […]

October 5, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick A/W Stock Round One Now In + Updates

We have just received the first round of about half of our A/W ’16 collection that is all coming within the month of October. First and foremost, we received the stock of our 5 new colorways in the Westlake button boot. You will notice however that certain sizes are already missing. That is due to the fact that we pre-sold this boot about a month ago and certain things went quick so we had to […]

September 26, 2016

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Saint Crispin’s Launches The Americas

With the vision of better serving the US market, Viennese brand Saint Crispin, has most recently launched a new branch of their company, titled ‘The Americas.’ As a truly customizable product that is quite unique in its abilities to get bespoke like features at non-bespoke prices, it is sometimes difficult to properly service a clients needs without face-to-face interaction. With the new Americas service, they hope to do just that by offering more private trunk […]

September 8, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes: Part 2 – The Next 10

Dear Readers, Here is the 2nd part of my ‘Things to know about shoes.’ If you happen to missed the first 10, here they are. I hope that you enjoy the post and I will try and scrounge up another 10 by next week or the one after! 11. Soles wear out. They are not invincible. Even the best ones will wear out quickly if you over-wear them. If you live in a wet city […]

August 17, 2016

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Mario Bemer – Reinventing the Wheel and Doing it Well!

Mario Bemer has been really pushing the boundary of design with his young collection and it is quite refreshing to see. Nearly every model he does has something that is distinctly his and rarely do you see anything something so common that it has been done before. And I am really rooting for him as my appreciation for his help and kindness during my time with Stefano Bemer will never be forgotten. What’s even better […]

July 8, 2016

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The British Pound Has Dropped — Take Advantage Before It Rises Again

  With the recent drop in the pound of about 25% in value, shopping for British products has been a lot cheaper for most everyone in the world as of late. This has probably made many of you happy, as buying British shoes has always been an expensive and risky undertaking. But not anymore. For those of you in the US, it is particularly good as your government recently raised the exclusion level of personal […]

May 24, 2016

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Summertime Shoes by Awl & Sundry

  It has been awhile since I have written about Awl & Sundry (you can see my review of them HERE) and it would appear that a lot has changed since them, mainly how much they have appeared to have grown in terms of brand recognition, styles offered and probably most important for all of you, in price. I managed to come across this shoe and was amazed at how much I liked the combination. […]

May 17, 2016

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David Balazic Strickes Again

I first wrote about Mr. Balazaic 6 months ago as he had popped up on my radar and found something intriguing in his shoes. So I have had this email for ever longer than that, and just now remembered to show you all this very flamboyant yet super cool monkstrap. I don’t think however that the angle of the main photo is very flattering to the actual last shape of the shoe but knowing that […]