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October 15, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Tony II on Massdrop in 4 colorways

For those of you keen to Massdrop, you might be pleased to know that J.FitzPatrick Footwear has recently done a drop on their Tony II model with 4 colors in total (as seen here) and two being colorways not readily available on top of also offering F widths (being wide like EE/EEE), which would normally run you the MTO service price. The drop has been underway for 5 days and has two days left on […]

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 24, 2017

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Unique Design Feature by Berluti

Now that I am in a new territory for content, I passed by Bergdorf Goodman the other day and had a look at their selection of shoes to see what was popular here in the US. The brand ambassador for Berluti happened to be there that day and we chatted quickly about their selection. He was a nice guy and showed me what they had in stock. I managed to notice this extremely unique wholecut […]

The Grain Leather Wholecut Oxford

I feel that the wholecut oxford is often misinterpreted as solely a shoe meant for formal and/or business wear due to its lack of decor on the pattern. But I find this idea to be quite limiting, like wearing only patent “leather” to certain formal events. The world has massively changed in recent years and what once was, no longer is. And part of that change, at least in my head, is the idea of […]

Altan Bottier – The Review

There are many makers you see online that are harder to find in person, many of them Japanese and some of them French. One of those makers for me was Altan Bottier who I had always known and been interested in but never had the pleasure of seeing their fine shoes in person. Luckily Instagram connects people and I feel that people are far more likely to interact on IG then they would on email. […]

April 21, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear New GMTOs Now Live

With the success of our 1st round of GMTOs back in February we at J.FitzPatrick Footwear have just launched our 2nd round of shoes/boots that we feel offer a great selection of unique and tasteful footwear. Trying to always push the boundaries of classic footwear sprinkled with a bit of modern touch we hope that you enjoy our new selection of GMTOs. Things to Remember with GMTO We need a minimum of 6 purchases per […]

March 27, 2017

Corthay Shop Visit S/S2017 – Motcombe St. London

I recently had my bi-annual trip to Corthay of London, on Motcombe st in Knightsbridge, to see what was happening for Spring/Summer 2017 and had some intersting findings. Not everything was to my personal liking but what was interesting about it (particularly all of the pony hair shoes/boots) was that it really shows that there is truly a market for everything, no matter how crazy it might be!! Apparently the pony haired boots have been […]

January 26, 2017

Dandy Shoe Care Finally Launches Instagram Account!!

Dandy Shoe Care has championed Twitter and Tumblr for many years but never made the jump to Instagram. I always wondered why, especially as these days you can post on Instagram and it can automatically go to your Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and a few other social media apps if you connect them. So in reality it is a no brainer to use as you are able to kill 4 birds with one stone and make […]

December 1, 2016

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Suede Wholecuts by VASS

I have always loved the idea of the suede wholecut, such as these beauties by Laszlo Vass. That combination between formal style and a more casual material blended together to make quite the ultimate shoe is something that has always fascinated me. You can’t go wrong really. When I look at this, I say to myself ‘there is nothing I could not wear this with.’ I mean, okay if we get technical you can’t put […]

November 12, 2016

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Aubercy Part 3: Masaru Okuyama, Tuczek, Anthony Cleverley

Another project that Xavier Aubercy has just started working on is the publicizing of other less known shoemakers from the various countries around the world that one may not think about. That being, because Xavier loves the idea of well-made, put-your-heart-into-it footwear, he is doing his best to spread the name of less known artists, such as Masaru Okuyama, in order to spread the love, so to speak. I thought that this was so brilliant. […]