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Monthly Archive: September 2013

September 11, 2013

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Where is Barker Black?

It’s always exciting when a promising new brand comes about and starts doing things a little bit differently, yet still maintains a bit of classical elegance. Barker Black, for me, was just that and still very much is to this day. The only problem is that I don’t feel that they are making much headway in the industry, as I never really hear anything about them. I have only seen them stocked at Neiman Marcus […]

September 7, 2013

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We Have All Gone Kiltie!

It’s amazing to watch a trend take off. One person creates the bold design and then everyone follows suit, in one way or another, creating their own version of the trend at hand. While I would say that the classic shoe industry is not so trend following as say the fashion industry, there are aspects about it that make it similar. One of the latest classic shoe industry trends, has been putting kilties (fringes) on […]

September 5, 2013

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Norwegian Stitch & Koronya Bespoke Shoes

    I have always had conflicting feelings towards the Norwegian stitch construction. On the one hand it looks very sturdy and makes me feel that put on a shoe, would make that shoe last forever. It is becomes almost a necessity to have it be on a double sole, which makes it that much more heavier and that is the precise reason for me being steered away from the idea for this long. But […]

September 3, 2013

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Dandy Shoe Care

I recently just sent a pair of my shoes off to Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff to have touched up and I am feeling quite excited about getting them back and seeing the magic, once and for all, in the flesh! Seeing just how good his work is from pictures alone, has inspired me to also think about a collaboration between my J.FitzPatrick label and his amazing artistic abilities. While this is something that is officially in […]

September 2, 2013

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Red Gaziano & Girling Wholecuts…

Vintage Cherry by Gaziano & Girling is quite possibly the best shade of red the footwear industry has ever seen. It’s not so strong that it frightens you or reminds one of blood, but not so deepened either that it loses it’s red nature. It’s the perfect way between and looks stunning on most of the shoes that they happen to make it in, particularly on this lovely whole cut model on the ever-beautiful DG70 […]