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Monthly Archive: May 2020

May 28, 2020

Strap Boots – The Next Thing

Photo courtesy of ShoesinOslo I have been seeing a lot of shaft strap boots lately in the handmade shoemaker realm lately. At first, I didn’t pay so much attention to them but as more and more shoemakers started making them, I naturally became more intrigued. I think that the one that really grabbed my attention was the one that Bolero shoemaker of Japan did. So much in fact, that I decided to have a run […]

May 27, 2020

Acme Shoemaker – Most Anticipated Brand of 2020

A lot of shoe greatness has been coming out of China and despite what you might feel about that country right now, setting aside personal biases, no one can take away the fact that they have some great shoemakers popping out of the woodworks. My favorite one, in such a short period of time, is the newest brand (at least by IG page status) is Acme Shoemaker of Beijing. I only recently discovered them (when […]

May 25, 2020

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Yeossal’s Custom Trousers – Enhance Your Shoe Display

For those that have noticed, I have been wearing a lot of Yeossal clothing as of late. As one of my Supporters/Advertisers who actually offers something besides shoes, we found a happy medium to get me into some of their clothing as I am always looking for great attire that doesn’t break the bank and looks amazing at the same time. Some have seen that I am a huge advocate of their swallow neck collar […]

May 21, 2020

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May 20, 2020

Brooklyn Bespoke Shoemaker – Francis Waplinger

Francis Waplinger recently moved his workshop from deep-end Long Island to Brooklyn. A very smart powermove in my opinion and something that should ultimately be good for his brand and ability to grow it. Which I an pleased for as I really like Francis (we are both from Seattle) and I want to see him do well. The reason for this post, however, is this cool new adelaide that he made for himself and wanting […]

May 19, 2020

Shining Museum Calf – With Saphir

Over the years, I have seen a lot of questions about museum calf and how to shine it. Allow me to share a couple of pointers here so that maybe your questions can be answered in one post: Museum Calf is a box calf with a pre-dyed patina like effect on it, giving it its marbled look. It is not an actual patina. It is drum dyed, just like black box calf You can condition […]

May 18, 2020

The Kirby Allison Show – Feat. Justin FitzPatrick (Yours Truly)

Kirby Allison, the founder of the Hanger Project, was kind enough to feature me on his very reputable YouTube channel last Friday, where we talked a bit about life, shoes (naturally) and my brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, with all of my plans for this year and the next. For those interested to hear more, please watch the video and subscribe to Kirby’s channel where he offers a lot of other great information Kirby Allison YouTube Channel

May 15, 2020

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My Friday Combo – 80 Degrees in NYC!

Today is the hottest day of the year (for NYC), getting up to 84 degrees Farenheit so I finally broke out a short sleeve shirt, a linen jacket, some bold socks and a pair loafers to celebrate! This whole lockdown in NYC has led to some pretty drab sartorial decisions, often plagued with sweat pants and hoodies so being that we finally have some beautiful weather and NYC is acting more ‘open’ than locked down […]

May 14, 2020

The Brogue Loafer of all Brogued Loafers – Andante Shoemaker

I have never quite seen a loafer like this one before. It pushes ideas and crosses boundaries I feel most shoemakers are afraid to cross. And Andante Shoemaker, of Japan, did so in a very well-executed manner. So much so, in fact, that I love them and am already picturing all of the amazing combinations that could be done with these. I think that in all-calf, this would be too much to swallow for most. […]

May 13, 2020

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The Perfect Travel Bag – Frank Clegg

A good travel bag is an essential piece for men that see themselves leaving their house more often than not. There are a lot of bags out there able to be used for your daily travel if not only longer/larger travel needs. And I am convinced that there is only but one “best” of the lot. That bag is Frank Clegg’s Signature Travel Duffle, in the large size, as shown here. I travel a lot. […]