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November 8, 2016

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Barbanera Launches Online Shop

After several years of making MTO shoes via mail order, Barbanera has finally hit the big time and opened up their first online shop with an extensive Ready to Wear stock offering. Therefore, you no longer need to wait a few months to get a pair of Barbanera shoes, that is of course, you still want to participate in the MTO offering. I am very happy for them too as I have been telling them […]

November 2, 2016

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Fugashin – The Vietnamese Takeover!

I have long known about the capabilities of goodyear welted shoe factories in SE Asia, but never had I seen workmanship quite like that of the shoes of Fugashin-Saigon who own a factory in Vietnam. The waist work, shape of lasts, Norwegian stitching and pattern design is that of the level of handgrade shoes valued at +£700 and while I do not yet know their European price, I am quite sure they cost a fraction […]

October 28, 2016

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Like Canvas? Like Spectators? Barbanera ‘Marinetti’ is Your Answer

From Barbanera’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Italia’ collection for S/S17, which is an ode to the times of Totò, Mastroianni and the likes of great Italian cinematography and style alike, we find the Marinetti: a canvas spectator done differently. From sharp curves,  diamond shaped caps and brogueing sitting atop eachother, the Marinetti definitely presents something different to your typical canvas spectator. And that is what I love about the Barbanera bros. Aside from being […]

August 9, 2016

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What Makes A Shoe Attractive?

I have seen cheap shoes look good and expensive shoes look terrible. More often than not, it is not so much about the components of the shoe as much as it is the execution of the design. But the design is made up of much more than one may think. Now, the idea of attraction is quite subjective but then again I just don’t think that it really is when it comes to being on […]

May 25, 2016

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Gaziano & Girling Ladies Collection

  Ladies, beware, the best shoes that I have seen made for you but in classic men’s styles have now hit the streets, courtesy of Gaziano & Girling. The kicker is though that they are on a Made to Order only basis which does make it a bit hard for instant gratification. But nonetheless, for those of you that fancy shoes of this style these are the cream of the crop. What I personally love […]

April 7, 2016

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Amrik Chaggar – London Bespoke Shoes

If I am going to be honest, I am getting quite bored of Instagram (maybe because I have 3 accounts) but one thing that I can’t knock it for is the ability to discover new things and see lots of pictures of shoes. It is after all how I have discovered many things, including London bespoke shoemaker, Amrik Chaggar. Now I can’t say that I have gone in-depth into to his background, but what I […]

July 10, 2015

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2nd Round of Dandy Shoe Care Patina x J.FitzPatrick

I thought that you all might enjoy seeing the next round of patinas that came in from our collaboration with Dandy Shoe Care. I always enjoy seeing what people ask for and how it comes out. Some cool stuff definitely going on here. I particularly like the one featured at the top and directly below. There are still some sizes left so don’t miss on this if you are at all interested: http://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/products/j-fitzpatrick-x-dandy-shoe-care-blog-exclusive#.VZ_EYvlVhBe Have a great […]