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Monthly Archive: April 2019

April 23, 2019

The Patina Project – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

It’s been a long time since we have done a Patina collaboration. But now we are back at it and are excited about this new offer as it is different from what we have done before. In the past, we have worked with our friend Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care and while we will continue working with him in future projects, we have decided to try our other friend Chris Dillon of American Patina, […]

April 22, 2019

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Per Nobile – Russian Shoemakers to Watch Out For!

My favorite shoe of the Bespoke Shoemaking competition was actually the one that took 9th place and was made by Russian Shoemakers, Per Nobile. It is the shoe highlighted and the one that blew my mind away in terms of pattern making, which I feel often goes overlooked in this contest as maybe the direction of the discussion is often more heavily weighed into looking at details like how narrow the waste is and how […]

April 18, 2019

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New Shoes on The Marketplace

For those that have not yet heard of The Shoe Snob Marketplace, please inform yourselves of one of my new ventures by reading the Blog Post Here. For those of you already in the know, please see here some new shoes that are up for grabs. The Marketplace is growing quickly and we have actual shoe brands on board, posting new shoes that you can’t get elsewhere. Start buying, start listing your own shoes and […]

April 16, 2019

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The Two Tone Penny Loafer

People often think of conservatism when they think of British rules of dress. And truth be told, there are very strict rules and ideas of the way “one should be” and this ideology runs deep in British culture which dips into their sense of dress. But for a while now there has also been a strong opposition or rebellion to this ideology, especially in the way of dressing. The red dress sock, so often seen […]

April 11, 2019

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Gaziano & Girling – The New Classic Range

Gaziano & Girling have decided to shake things up in their brand by continuing to expand on the amount of collections they offer. First it was the Deco line, a very sharp and elegant semi handmade dress shoe that took the industry by storm with the tightest waist one has ever seen in RTW. Then it was the Fresco line, a Spring/Summer range filled with elegant loafers and whatnot. But now they make the boldest […]

April 9, 2019

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Crepe Soles – Yay or Nay?

When I first started the JF line, one blog reader used to tell me, ‘Justin when you add a black crepe sole to a pair of dress shoes, I will be the first to buy them and you can name them after me.’ I always thought it would be a cool idea but not really the easiest material to source and on top of that not the easiest to market to more than this customer […]

April 8, 2019

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Chelsea Boots – Smart or Casual?

I recently had a customer ask me to compare my brand’s chelsea boots to RM Williams and asking what separates the two being that they are both $495 and wholecut patterns? And I had to really think about this as RM Williams makes a great boot for sure. And it made me ponder deep into my previous train of thought where I used to actually dislike chelsea boots. And that was around the time that […]

April 5, 2019

The Bit Loafer by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  What we love to do at J.FitzPatrick Footwear is take classic shoe models and put our twist on them. So often have I loved the idea of something but didn’t like the execution of it. We have done this with Duck boots, Alpine boots, Button boots, and now we are doing it with the classic Horsebit loafer, popularized by Gucci in the 80’s. The Pike horsebit loafer is our version of the classic model that took the industry […]

April 4, 2019

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Purple Patina for the Win

Black, brown and burgundy shoes are apparently all too common now. Purple seems to be the new black as I keep seeing MTO shoes being made in it. Just waiting for some bold somemaker to release a proper purple shoe in their RTW collection. And The Shine, of Poland, just might be the ones as they specialize in patina and can make a shade of purple less feared by the majority of men! This shade […]

April 3, 2019

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Report From The Super Trunk Show 2019

Words by: Jesper Ingevaldsson of Shoegazing Blog Last Saturday the third edition of the London super trunk took place, the world’s largest open event for classic men’s shoes. A huge success with new visitor record, around 1,000 people came into the doors throughout the day, to look and buy from the ten exhibitors, partners and follow the World Championships in shoe shining, shoe patina and shoemaking.