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December 21, 2020

Do Not Wear Brand New Shoes In The Rain

***Warning: I write direct, often crass, with lots of spelling and grammatical errors. I do not write this blog to become ‘an editor or great writer,’ I write it to share knowledge and am usually in a rush as I also run a shoe company that, to be honest, takes precedence in my life. If you like to take things personally, heed my warning before proceeding. One would think that it is common sense to […]

December 18, 2020

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Do Not Condition Brand New Shoes

I never understood why people do a full shoe shine regime on a brand new pair of shoes. I can understand wanting a cap shine but what goes on in the mind to apply conditioner? A conditioner is something that is used to rejuvenate leather. Brand new leather does not need rejuvenation. It needs break-in i.e. softening of the leather. Conditioners are often made concentrate and can actually do their own damage when used improperly. […]

Price Points & What You Get In Return

Warning: Long, educational post. With the rise of online interaction between regular people comes a rise of misinformation by so-called “experts” i.e. people who own a few shoes and think they know best because they own a few shoes. I used to be one of those people too, when starting this blog, having worked in a shoe store and having owned a few. Little did I know that I didn’t really know shit. It wasn’t […]

November 2, 2020

The Shoe Snob Unboxies Series – Winson Shoemaker

 Welcome to my latest unboxing video where I highlight a brand that I have been curious about for a while now and wanted to show to all of you as well as I think that many shoe aficionados have been curious about this brand too! Winson Shoemaker, hailing from Indonesia, is making some very exciting shoes these days and doing so at incredible, jaw-dropping prices. Learn more by watching the video If you have […]

October 9, 2020

Video Series – Rant – What is a Handmade Shoe?

   In order to further my content, I will be doing more videos as what it takes me to say in 15 mins would take me 4 hours to write and unfortunately, I no longer have the luxury of 4 hours to spare on the blog, like I once did. I hope that you enjoy this new style of content and please do stay tuned as I bring you more and more videos breaking […]

September 7, 2020

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Our Recommended EU Shoe Cobbler – Shoespa Amsterdam

The one, and only, thing that I like about Instagram is the ability to discover new things that you otherwise never would have. One of those things, for me, was Shoespa Amsterdam who recently recrafted a pair of my brands’ shoes and did an incredible job. Our customer posted this on IG and through tagging I was able to discover this small workshop that doesn’t appear to have a website (not to be confused with […]

September 4, 2020

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Understanding Shoe Colors Online, and Lighting

In photography, lighting is key. It is 70% of the battle in my opinion. If the lighting (or camera setting with that lighting) is not right it is very hard to then capture the true color of something, especially certain shades of leather. All different types of lighting will also give a different interpretation of something. In most cases there are these types of lighting: Daylight, Sunlight, White Light, Yellow Light, Low Lighting (think your […]

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 8, 2020

Socks Maketh the Man

When you realize that socks make up a major piece to the puzzle of your outfit your world of opportunity is infinitely more complex in building the perfect combination. But creating your outfit is ultimately more fun too. Back in my more bold days, I had a friend that always wore Navy/Black socks and I always wondered why as he was very stylish guy, one of the most stylish in fact. Fast forward to present […]