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June 22, 2018

Introducing the Issaquah String Loafer – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The long, braided-string tassel loafer has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I always admired the Anthony Cleverley version but never thought to add it to our collection until one of our French customers asked for it via MTO. Normally we do not make special requests like that as it was a change of pattern but as I wanted one for myself, I went ahead and made that happen! And thankfully I […]

June 16, 2018

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Septieme Largeur – Spring/Summer 2018 Line Up!

Septieme Largeur has made a clear statement this Summer with their color scheme of Snuff suede, Bottle Green suede and what looks like Deep Red Suede. Quite the choice of colors. In some models it looks great, in others, well let’s just say that it would be a matter of taste. For example, I personally love the Green suede monks as well as the Deep Red Chukkas. Those just might be my favorites of the […]

June 13, 2018

Discover the Laurelhurst II Braided Loafers – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to why you launch a new product. Something just happens in time and all things fall into place. That is kind of what happened with the Braided Laurelhurst II. I was at our factory and noticed a braided shoe and enquired about seeing the factory that does the braiding as I was intrigued. I had mixed feelings about braided shoes. I never liked all of the Mezlan ones […]

June 12, 2018

Pet Peeves in The Shoe Industry Part 7: People That Call All Oxfords ‘Wingtips’

In the world of shoes, there are many names given to all of the different types of oxfords. ONE of them is ‘wingtip,’ set to describe the W shaped cap that’s side extensions have been described as ‘wings.’ Again, this is simply one type of oxford, which is the base name for all shoes that have closed lacing system. For example, the shoe highlighted has many names. It is an oxford. It is an adelaide (for […]

June 11, 2018

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Cheaney’s New S/S18 Two Tone Line Up!

Cheaney has a new line of Americana shoes in two-tone motifs very reminiscent of a time gone in the South of the USA when spectators were all the fashion! As we get more into wearing dress shoes in a casual way, I can see this line being very successful for them. The world is ever-changing in menswear and the dress shoe industry is doing so at an especially rapid rate. People are going more casual […]

June 8, 2018

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Löf & Tung’s New Loafers

Skoaktiebolaget’s house brand, Löf & Tung, has just launched some new loafers for the Summer. Two are classic leather loafers that really don’t do it for me in an exciting way, but I love the suede versions. I have always been a fan of the braided tassel loafer, and the dark brown suede version is a must-have for any man that likes a classic yet still not too common tassel loafer. I have also really been […]

May 27, 2018

Discover The Whittier Wholecut Apron Oxford – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

In my younger days, I was never typically a fan of the derby model.  I am still not to be quite honest. My preference was always towards oxfords. So when creating my very first round of designs, the Whittier model was apart of that collection and I even had it made as a sample before the line launched. My goal was simple. To create an apron stitch shoe on an oxford. It was something that […]

May 25, 2018

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New Brand On The Block – Santa Mercede Shoes

It’s always a pleasure to see a new brand come out with ideas of greatness and not simply to sell off a million cheap shoes that claim to be well made. The market has simply become far too saturated with garbage and it is now refreshing to see someone doing it for the love of the shoes/quality and not for the love of a quick buck. I mean, we all want to get paid sure, […]

May 24, 2018

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Aubercy Summer Sneakers – On Fire!

I am really loving Aubercy’s dress sneakers range, particularly the new colorways for SS2018. It’s not easy to make a dress sneaker, something sharp and elegant yet still a sneaker-like shoe. Because in reality, if you take away the connection of the cap to the facing, and make the facing a little bit smaller, this is essentially a dress shoe as it sports a traditional heel. Most don’t think about it but patterns of dress […]

May 23, 2018

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – PRICE DROP!!

PRICE DROP IN ALL MODELS IN MY SHOE SNOB BLOG SHOP AS LINKED BELOW Many of these, as usual, are in immaculate condition having seen the light of day less than 5 times. And nearly all come with toe taps and one form of shoe tree. They all ship from London and will use Royal Mail unless the parcel goes over 2kgs of which then DHL or UPS will be used. Please read carefully before purchasing. […]