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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

April 8, 2020

The Elegant Oxford – Your Shoe Care Guide

Shoe Care might actually be the biggest and most popular subject in the shoe industry. Back when I used to post a lot more about it, as I was a ‘professional’ shoe shiner in London, the vast majority of my emails were about polishing one’s shoes and how to either do it well or how to reverse things that had gone wrong. In fact, I got so many emails on the subject that I simply […]

February 26, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #1: Altan Bottier

The 1st shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2020 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that in 2019 they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of Paris. They were supposed to come to the show last year but unfortunately due to strikes in the […]

February 18, 2020

World Championships in Shoe Patina and Shoe Shining 2020 – Qualifications Now Open

World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina 2020 – Qualification We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina 2020, two great contests organized together with Saphir. The finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on October 10 (NOTE – NEW DATE! Postponed from April 25 due to the coronavirus situation). The patina finalists will paint their shoes […]