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October 19, 2017

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Design Inspiration

Creating something truly unique in the world of footwear is a difficult thing to do. The old saying goes, ‘everything under the sun, has been done,’ and truth be told it is not far from accurate. This at least applies to wearable shoes that still maintain a manner of elegance. Truly horrible concoctions are easy to create, but then who would wear them? I often get asked about where my design inspiration comes from and […]

November 15, 2016

Altan – Shoe Design Extraordinaire!

  I have a lot of time for shoe brands that are actually out there doing something different, and Altan Bottier is certainly one of them. It takes no skill to simply tell a factory to make a common cap toe oxford or your standard full brogue. They all have those common patterns stored in their computer. But it takes real skill to make something that no one else has ever done and it come […]

November 9, 2016

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Septieme Largeur New A/W16 Collection Now Available!

Septieme Largeur have been hitting the design books for creating something truly unique this A/W, which comes as no surprise. Here you have three boots done differently, not drastically different, but different. While the double buckle monk lace boot is a bit much for my taste, I quite like the other two, particularly the double buckle short boot in suede and the derby boot in leather. I could see both of them getting used a […]

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 […]

June 10, 2016

Shoe Patterns by Atelier Kobayashi (Tokyo)

Out of all of the stages of shoemaking, I always found pattern making to be the most interesting and fascinating. Now don’t get me wrong, while I personally love creating the design of the shoe, last making and the creation (putting them all together) are equally important and intriguing as well. But being more of a designer (in my head) the way to truly express that vision is through the pattern (and then the last […]

August 17, 2015

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Christian Kimber – The New Collection

I always love watching the progression of someone who has a goal in mind and is trying to achieve that goal. Most probably like how many of you have watched me go from shoe shine boy to shoe company owner and blogger. And Christian Kimber is one of those people that I have enjoyed watching progress, not only for turning into a footwear designer but also for his role as a major player in the […]

November 9, 2012

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Aubercy Sketch Design

Design is an amazing thing. It can be translated/expressed in so many different ways, from a simple Joe Schmo sketch like mine, to this amazing work of art that someone drew as a concept to a pair of Aubercy shoes. It’s amazing to think about about how an idea turns into a tangible product and to see how that idea was expressed. This design here, looks identical to the actual product, which makes sense as […]

July 23, 2012

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Gaining Inspiration For Shoe Design

As most of you may know I just recently came back from Spain, of which the factory that is making my shoes is located, specifically in the town of Almansa, where there are rumored to be between 30-50 factories (depending on who you ask) making footwear. Think of it as the Spanish equivalent to Northampton, where mostly everything relating to shoes is present within one little town. This means however, that as I was brought […]

June 13, 2011

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Shoe Design 101

Let me start by saying that I do not have any formal schooling in design or drawing. The only skills that I have acquired were from when I was 5 years old and used to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wolverine. Up until the beginning of this year, those were the last things that I drew. That being, ANYONE can become a designer. In reality, I have a feeling that many “designers” have no […]