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August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

July 10, 2017

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Barbanera Sale & New Women’s Line

For those of you that may have missed it the few times that I have written about it, Barbanera who once only took MTO orders now has a website that sells RTW stock and much of it is currently on sale. I am particularly fond of the Balzac double monk, as shown above, for its intricate strap design. Not to mention I am a super fan of black suede, a material that sadly is not […]

March 25, 2015

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Pitti Uomo Pays Off

When you go to Pitti and are standing in the main bit where everybody is congregating, all you see are all the famous internet “Style Icons” and a load of photographers. There are so many pictures being taken that you never know where one of them could end up. I always make a joke that for all I know, me or one of my friends could be on some massive billboard in central Tokyo. While […]

February 10, 2015

Updates at Aubercy

  Yet another manic day trying to box up all of our stuff while at the same time trying to run a smooth business. Not an easy feat to say the least! Gosh I hate moving and to make it worse, not only are we moving business this month, but I will also be moving flats too!! Not my month! Oh well, at least it’s not raining outside. Okay, so I have been meaning to […]

February 6, 2015

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The At Home Patina

So a client recently showed me his very first attempt at patina which I must say was quite impressive. His goal was not to look like a 5 year old had done it, and I have to say that what came out looks better than many of what the so-called patina artists produce. (Not ones that I show on the blog, but the countless others) Nicknaming it the ‘Tortoise’ look, I have to say that […]

December 4, 2014

Saint Crispins Factory Visit

It’s amazing how a brand can come onto the scene and explode within a matter of months, going from virtually being unknown (in the grand scheme of things) to becoming the talk of the industry. In a sense this happened to Saint Crispins a few years back. It’s not that they were “unknown” per se, but that the people that did know them were only a small fraction compared those that know them now. I […]

September 29, 2014

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Odds & Ends That Need To Go – J.FitzPatrick

Dear Readers, I hope that you all had a nice weekend! To those that have larger feet, you are in luck as I am trying to get rid of a few perfectly good leftover pairs and am putting it here to do so at a discounted price.The models in question:1. The Wedgwood in Snuff Suede for £250 (ex VAT £208.33) plus regular shipping costs.  Down from £350. Comes on city rubber sole.— Sizes available: UK10 […]

May 30, 2014

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Updates on J.FitzPatrick Footwear

As many of you might know, I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Part of that thinking has to do with the blog, The Shoe Snob, and of course the other part has to do with the direction and future of my footwear line J.FitzPatrick (for those that don’t know, I am also a shoe designer and J.FitzPatrick is my brand). A lot of you gave great advice on the direction of The […]

May 19, 2014

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How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 5: Creating Your Brand/Business Model

It’s been awhile since I have kept up with my “How to become a shoe designer” series. This is mainly due to the fact that as I was writing it previously I had come to the point in which I could not go anymore as I had not lived/accomplished the next stages of the process. But alas, 2 years later, I have and am back to write a few most posts on the subject. Part […]

January 17, 2014

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Good Photography

I think that good photography is crucial to any product business. A photograph can make or break the look of a shoe. The most beautiful shoe in the world can be made ugly through an unflattering angle or bad resolution or whatever it may be. And on the other hand, even some horrible shoes can be made to look nice with good photography. It’s amazing how popular photography has become in the men’s style industry. […]