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June 26, 2020

Greg Park Patina – New York City

Greg Park – The History Stationed inside our new shop (J.FitzPatrick Footwear) at 101 Thompson St (Soho, NYC) is a full patina service provided by our friend Greg Park aka Hancore. For those that do not know, Greg Park has a long history in the arts, starting off like many patina artists as a painter (not walls, but art 🙂 later became one of the world’s respected patina masters. He was one of the first […]

June 16, 2020

New Patina Service – In NYC

Big things are in the works at my brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear and they are all about to come to light once we are able to start resuming regular trade, which will hopefully be in the next week or two. In the background of the pandemic, we have been building our new shop in NYC, Soho to be exact. And within that new shop is a new service. A patina and shoe shine service. But this […]

June 2, 2020

Take Your Allen Edmonds to the Next Level

I have not been a fan of Allen Edmonds for about 15 years now. Since the day their new stock came in at Nordstrom (while I was selling there) and I could see that they had cheapened the outsole and insole of their new collections, at the same time while raising the price. For me, that day marked the demise of the brand, and in my opinion, it has only gotten worse since then. Prior […]

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 […]

April 3, 2020

Exotic Chelseas by Altan Bottier

One of Altan Bottier’s specialties would apparently be the short chelsea boots. More specifically, chelsea boots in exotic leathers ranging from alligator, hippopotamus to elephant hide. And any color you want, it would also appear. While making things in alligator is no surprise nor anything special, to be honest, what I really liked is their hippopotamus range which I find unique and intriguing, especially as it appears that they get a natural “crust” version of […]

Altan Bespoke Sample Series – Archives Brought to Life

Altan Bottier, of Paris, France, just recently decided to use the current state of the world to introduce something new on their Instagram page. One positive thing about facing adversity is it often causes one to question their direction, and see if they can either improve or offer something new/different as a way to ‘think outside the box.’ And so, like most retailers are facing at the moment with the decline in orders, it would […]

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 […]

December 18, 2019

American Patina x J.FitzPatrick Offering

In light of the success of our first run of the Patina Project shoes at J.FitzPatrick Footwear, in association with American Patina ( at IG @american__patina), we are running the offering again. This time we are only offering just the Tony II and Whittier models to be given a patina to. Each model has 4 set patinas to choose from, as you can see. However, as this is a Pre-Order, we have decided to up […]

August 30, 2019

Sartor Polishing – Your London Spruce Up on Crockett & Jones Shoes

One of Crockett & Jones’ employees, Bismark Walter, has taken it upon himself to become a master of the brushes and learn mirror polishing and patina in order to add an extra value service to the Jermyn St. shop of Crockett & Jones in London. He has apparently built quite the reputation and customer following as his Instagram account is filled with beautiful shoes and polish/patina jobs. You can see a couple of them here. […]

June 17, 2019

Fit for a Prince! – Vass Alligator Monks with Patina

Patina is growing and growing quick and everywhere. And that is great! Regular people with day jobs are teaching themselves and therefore reviving their old shoes to look better. And more and more experts are popping out of the woodworks. One that has been on the scene for a while now but quickly making a grand name for himself is PJ Upadhyaya, who works Jaunty Flaneur of London. Here PJ teamed up with Ascot shoes […]