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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 […]

July 31, 2017

Ivan Crivellaro Loafer Mania!

Ivan Crivellaro’s wingtip tassel loafers are one of my favorite loafers in the industry, particularly the way that he always uses multiple materials to make them. It’s hard to say which one of these would be my favorite, but I am really feeling this braided one, not only for the elegance of it but for the very beautiful mahogany shade of brown that it comes in. And you don’t see braided leather shoes so much […]

July 28, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Summer Sale – 2nd Markdown Now Live!!

Today marks the start of our 2nd markdown for the J.FitzPatrick 2017 Summer Sale, of which I am sure many of you were waiting for. Unlike most years where we go down 30% off, this year we have decided to take it down to 35% off in the hopes to give you that little bit extra with the 5%. And this little bit extra has pushed many models below the £200 mark for those of […]

July 17, 2017

Aubercy Visit 2017 — French Kings of Cool Shoes

  Not having traveled for over a year and a half before I left London meant that I could not visit one of my favorite cities and that even being one that is so close to London. Of course as you can guess from the shoemaker in the title, that city is Paris. But luckily before I ventured off to the Big Apple, I managed to sneak in a trip there and of course while […]

July 14, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale Now Live!

https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/collections/all The J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale has now begun and there are lots of good things to choose from! We have broken it down into two categories: 1. Core products discounted at 10% off  and 2. Seasonal products at 20% off The Seasonal products will not be coming back so if you happened to like one of them now is your chance to get it before it is gone. That list includes: –Aurora button shoes in both […]

July 12, 2017

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Crockett & Jones – Customer Endorsements

The greatest power a brand can have in today’s social media is the ability to have other people freely promoting their products. And with the way that social media works in today’s world every brand has this opportunity to take advantage of, if they can do it right. Crockett & Jones has had a major impact on social media, namely Instagram, with this and the sheer amount of customers that not only wear their shoes […]

July 11, 2017

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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 […]

July 6, 2017

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

June 20, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Trunk Show NYC – June 28th/29th

It’s been a long time coming but the time is here and J.FitzPatrick Footwear will soon again be shown in the USA, namely in the beautiful city of New York as the first showing, this coming June 28th and 29th. As many of you know, I have made a big move to NYC as my new permanent base and will plan to replicate in NYC what we have in London. Our first move towards that […]

Norman Vilalta Launches Gladiator Brogue for RTW/MTO at Pitti 92

For those of you that are fans of the brogue of all brogues, you will be pleased to know that Spanish shoemaker, Norman Vilalta, is currently showcasing his new RTW/MTO model at Pitti Uomo 92, hopefully to be ready soon for ordering by the general public. Inspiration taken from one of his old bespoke samples from years gone, it would appear that Norman found that this model should finally hit the streets with the offering of […]