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A Breakdown of Shoe Pricing and What to Expect – Part 1

***Pics of shoes have nothing to do with the post, just for your eye candy*** There is a lot of confusion in the consumer’s eyes on what you should expect from a pair of shoes and I was hoping to clear that up for some of you as it is important to know what you will get from what you will pay for in a pair of shoes. So let’s break it down. I have […]

July 9, 2019

Belgian Shoes – A Brief History & NYC Shop Offering

The Belgian loafer is a staple piece in the menswear industry. Its popularity stems beyond the realm of just footwear though, so much so that that the founder was actually knighted for his help in reviving the Belgium shoe manufacturing industry. Its style has been copied time and time again but the classic offering remains King. Here is a small brief on the history and a photo journal of the famous shop in NYC. read […]

July 8, 2019

New GMTO / Crowdfund Offerings by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  I have decided to offer something new as a regular feature at J.FitzPatrick Footwear. And that is a different monthly offering of GMTO / Crowdfund models. As we have made so many samples and MTO’s over the years that will most likely never go into production, adding this feature allows us to offer you all the chance at grabbing something unique at a RTW price. The only kicker is that 5 other people need to […]

Going Green with Aubercy

Parisian shoemaker, Aubercy, makes a very awesome shade of green leather. One that they in fact, use a ton and that I love to see. It’s a very deep, dark Emerald like green that is more vivid than most green shades out there. You don’t often find so many box calf skins in green (pre-dyed in the tannery) so what you tend to find is it being dyed after the fact on a crust leather. […]

June 28, 2019

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Link Flip Shoes – Next Generation Laziness

More towards my recent blog post about Athleisure and how it is destroying a ‘sense of dress’ across the world, we enter a new realm of craziness with the latest invention of the ‘Flip Shoe.’ Designed to be a cross breed between a shoe and a flip flop, the world of comfort takes it one step further with what I feel is the ultimate abomination on the idea of what footwear should be and/or is. […]

June 27, 2019

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Braided Loafers by Barbanera – Summer Wear Italian Style!

There are two things that I love: 1. Braided leather and 2. Unique Designs. The Schifano loafer by Barbanera gives us both of those things and is one of my favorite models released this Summer. The internet is filled with your typical suede penny loafers and as much as I appreciate them, I am quite bored of seeing the same thing on a different last shape by a different maker for a different price. And […]

June 24, 2019

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Sons of Henrey – New Shoe Brand and on The Marketplace

There is a new company in the shoe industry and its name is Sons of Henrey. Like many companies of the modern day, Sons of Henrey sticks to the very classic models, offering a solid Spanish Made Goodyear construction coupled with leathers from the top European tanneries. What apparently sets them apart in this somewhat saturated market is the fact that they were co-founded by Michael James, a long time worker of English last making […]

June 21, 2019

Last Weekend of GMTO – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Dear Supporters, It is the last weekend to grab one of our GMTO offerings so if you have been interested in one of these models, now is your time to grab one! Our Meadowbrook braided boot has completed the minimum order and is ready for purchase at the regular price of $495 / £430 (ex vat £358.33) Our Spokane quilted oxford in Black Calf just needs one more purchase to meet the minimum requirement, so […]

June 20, 2019

The Best Rain Weather Shoe – Brown Suede with Rubber Sole

It is a myth that suede is not good for rain. This statement is only true when your suede is not of good quality. So clearly the person that created this worldwide myth was wearing poor quality shoes because the reality of it is that suede is THE BEST option to wear on rainy days. Allow me to explain why: Good suede doesn’t leave an indication that has it rained. I.e. it doesn’t leave water […]

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 […]