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November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanamigachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]

Fusion Cowboy Boots – The Modern Trend

Using the traditional Cowboy boot features but blending modern design details to the boots seems to be all of the rage these days as I am starting to see more and more makers getting on board with it. Bestetti having a history in bootmaking as his first dive in handmade footwear, is starting to come stronger and stronger with RTW versions of his old craft. And it’s great, as I think that sometimes traditional makers […]

October 29, 2018

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The Braided Sneaker

There are two things that I have been enjoying lately: 1. Braided leather/suede shoes and 2. Sneakers. In my ripe age of 34, I feel that I am becoming quite rigid in my mentality of what I want to wear these days. While I am sitting and writing this, I have a pair of navy calfskin balmoral boots with black suede uppers but feel that going so bold is just not quite in me anymore. […]

October 26, 2018

Last Weekend of PreSale A/W18 Collection – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

My shoe brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, is in the final weekend of it’s Autumn/Winter 2018 PreSale. If you happen to like any of the models coming and wish to get a discount on them, these last 3 days are your final opportunity. Those Snoqualmie boots are going to be a great asset when the harsh weather comes! A note to all that care about paying shipping expenses, even at 10% off, all but the Kent still qualify […]

October 24, 2018

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Gladiator Boots by Taft

I have never seen a pair in person but I am quite fond of what American Boot company, Taft, have been coming out with design-wise. Most things are quite unique. I won’t lie and say that I like it all as there are some not so amazing things in the collection and we all know that I hate the word ‘handmade’ on a shoe site (that are clearly made in a factory) but I at […]

October 12, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Sneakers Round 1 – Now Available!

Dear Supporters, Many of you are probably thinking, ‘what the heck happened with those sneakers?’. And that is a good question. These were supposed to be launched at the beginning of August and were on track to as well until we received all 430 pairs of the order. Without going into detail on what happened, I will say that I was not pleased with the majority of what I received and asked for a remake, […]

October 9, 2018

New J.FitzPatrick Footwear US website now Live – Part 1

Dear All, It has been a long time coming but we are finally ready to launch our US side of J.FitzPatrick Footwear. As a small, privately funded company with only 5 total employees (worldwide), this has to come in stages as we work out all of the logistical challenges of launching a new company in a new market but we don’t want to leave hiccups on your end. So please read more to understand the […]

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]

September 28, 2018

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Corthay NYC

  I was visiting the recent Corthay trunk show at Leffot and saw lots of new things on the table and collection at Corthay which was nice as I felt that they were slow to bring out new collections. And apparently they have a new US distribution and Showroom here in NYC in the hopes to vamp up the brand. Head of this operation is Randy Ferdergreen and it will be exciting to see the […]

September 26, 2018

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Winson Shoemaker – Indonesia’s Finest

Asia is all of the rage these days for quality shoemaking. They have impressive bespoke makers coming from mainland China and Singapore, and RTW makers on par with many European factories coming out of SE Asia, specifically Taiwan and now Indonesia. The latest ones that I have come to discover, are Winson Shoemaker out of Indonesia who seem to make a very well made welted shoe (not sure if Goodyear or Hand). Curious to see where else […]