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Monthly Archive: July 2015

July 10, 2015

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 […]

July 9, 2015

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Proper Derby’s by Hiro Yanagimachi

When it came to derby shoes with apron stitching, I was always a fan of the Italian way of making them: sharp-nose, slick lines and dressy all around. Santoni used to make an immaculate one in their old ‘fatte a mano’ range that used to be blake-rapid construction and quality wise was on par with your best English made shoe. Gone are those days now and the new apron toe derby’s of the world that […]

July 7, 2015

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Buying International Products Online – Part 2

  In no way is this post directed at any one individual or a group of them. This is simply to do my best to educate, not only the consumer but the retailer so that we are all on the same page, because after all, we don’t want to charge you taxes, but it is not us doing so, it is your government. We have moved into a pure digital age where the internet rules […]

July 6, 2015

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Sussex Shoe Shop – Odds and Ends at Great Value

  One of the biggest problems of owning a factory or being a shoe brand is all of the leftover stock that never gets purchased, no matter how hard to you try to sell it. Ever wonder what happens to that stock? Well in my theory some of it gets sent to 2nd-3rd world country re-sellers, other to places like Blue Fly and then to your common eBay Sellers among other places. So, one guy […]

July 3, 2015

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Green Museum Calf – VASS

  Green is good! Or was that “Greed is Good”? I don’t know, but same thing!! Hahaha! I am in a cheerful mood thanks to the sun finally showing itself across the planet (of Europe) and the endorphin’s are kicking in making me unusually optimistic despite not having reasons to be. Currently I am in Stockholm, Sweden having my trunk show at Skoaktiebolaget and was discussing with the boys here the prevalence of museum calf […]

July 2, 2015

Corthay – Never a Bore With Their Eclectic Design

    What I love about Corthay (and the French in general) is that they are always pushing the boundaries of design, at least in the shoe arena. I have said it before and I will say it again: it is hard to create something unique (yet still functional and attractive) in the shoe industry as nearly everything under the sun has been done at some point in history. But the French are truly good […]

July 1, 2015

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The Sharpest Chisel on the Block – Ramon Cuberta

  Ramon Cuberta (bespoke shoemaker out of Barcelona) makes a sharp chisel toe. It just might be the sharpest that I have ever seen. There is no mistaking that line and it really gives off the idea of how chisel a chisel last can go. Part of this is creating a very sharp last on the corners of the toe box, but also doing a very good job of molding (hammering and sanding down) the leather toe […]