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Monthly Archive: September 2016

September 13, 2016

Shoe Manufacturing – How Long it Really Takes – Part 1- Factories

If you go to certain countries in Asia, you can get bespoke shoes in a matter of days. If you get it from some reputable European and/or Japanese makers, it can take up to a year. So the question is, how long do shoes really take to make? Well let’s break it down. The manufacturing and bespoke processes are completely different so let’s look at each but in separate posts, call them part 1 and […]

September 12, 2016

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Exotics – Your cow leather alternatives

Shoes Above: Crocodile by Riccardo Bestetti Up until I moved to Italy to learn bespoke shoemaking, I never really was a fan of exotics. This was partly due to the fact that in America, certain exotic leathers are made in a way that they are insanely gaudy i.e. blue and green ‘pythons’, yellow ‘gators,’ pink stingray etc. And the other reason being that many of them are made, in my opinion, on the ugliest lasts […]

September 9, 2016

Norman Vilalta – London Trunk Show Sept. 23rd-24th

Norman Vilalta, the bespoke shoemaker out of Barcelona who also has his own RTW line, is visiting London the weekend of the 23rd-24th of September to showcase his shoes and take orders for those of you inclined to support his brand. For those that don’t know Norman’s history is long in the shoe industry, training at Stefano Bemer about 12 years ago to starting his own bespoke workshop in Barcelona to just recently starting his […]

September 8, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes: Part 2 – The Next 10

Dear Readers, Here is the 2nd part of my ‘Things to know about shoes.’ If you happen to missed the first 10, here they are. I hope that you enjoy the post and I will try and scrounge up another 10 by next week or the one after! 11. Soles wear out. They are not invincible. Even the best ones will wear out quickly if you over-wear them. If you live in a wet city […]

September 7, 2016

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Things to Know About Shoes: Part 1 – The First 10

There are many questions that people have about shoes; questions that are not easily found or answered. Here I will try and do my best to answer as many as I can think of from not only many different situations that I have experienced but from simple facts/opinions that I have learned during my time in the industry. Here are the first 10 that I have managed to scrape from my tired, Sunday night mind….I […]

September 5, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick A/W16 Westlake (Button Boot) Pre-Sale Now Live

After the huge success of our first line up of button boots, last A/W15, we knew that we had to follow up with another strong collection and add yet another option by releasing 5 new colors (as opposed to the original 4 of which two we replaced). Last season the black calf option was our weakest seller so this year I wanted to really make it special and unique. I did this by simply adding […]

September 2, 2016

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A Trip To Aubercy – Part 1 – Ready To Wear/MTO

***Post Originally written in 2012, re-posted for inspiration and for those of you that have yet to see it or experience Aubercy shoes**** For some time now, I have been very curious to know more about Aubercy shoes, to touch them, feel their leather, try them on and understand what makes them great. Just recently I had been in contact with the CEO, Xavier Aubercy, and had told him that the next time that I […]

September 1, 2016

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New Faves from Skoaktiebolaget

I always love to see the new models and colorways that Skoaktiebolaget are coming out with for their super cool shop. Although they played it quite safe this A/W with mainly shoes in tones of browns, black and a few burgundy, some of the choices are quality in terms of style. I really love the whiskey cordovan that they used on many of their Enzo Bonafe models. It has a richness that I have not […]