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June 1, 2020

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Mind-Blowing Seamless Wholecuts – David Mckee

A seamless wholecut is like the holy grail of shoes for its difficulty in lasting and pattern making. But David Mckee of Dave’s Boots and Shoes, in England, took it to the next level by making a faux brogue out of the upper which I personally find so cool and appealing. It could be that I am quite partial to blue and this leather is one of the nicest shades of blue there is, not […]

April 30, 2020

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Herring Shoes – Wildsmith Shoes at 40% off + Free Shoe Trees!!!

It would appear that Herring Shoes is about to make a huge refresh on their Wildsmith collection as they are getting rid of all of their current selection, and may I say at probably the best deal ever. Not only are the shoes at 40% off, but on top of that you get a free pair of shoe trees that are valued at ~$75, which is a crazy good deal, especially when some of the […]

September 18, 2019

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Septieme Largeur Expands to Taiwan

Septieme Largeur has recently expanded its operations to Taiwan in order to further grow its brand in the Southeast Asia region. And the work/patina’s being produced in the Taiwan shop are phenomenal, as you can clearly see in this post. There has been a huge surge in the demand for high quality shoes in Asia and it is quite amazing to see how the idea of quality is shifting to include Asian manufacturers and not […]

October 11, 2018

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Gaziano & Girling – US Tour

Gaziano and Girling are on the road with a 5 city showing across the US coasts, highlighting not only their bespoke samples but also their new Fresco Range. For those of you still yet to see a pair now is your chance to get in there and see what real shoemaking is all about. See dates and times and appt emails below! Happy Thursday! Justin FitzPatrick

March 14, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #6 — Mario Bemer

To read more about The London Super Trunk Show 2018, this April 7th, please CLICK HERE Mario Bemer started working for his brother Stefano’s company back in 1999. When Stefano Bemer passed away 2012, Mario went on and started his own brand. With him from Bemer came bespoke shoemaker Seiji Miyagawa, they now have built up a small workshop in Florence with some additional staff, and have a business making both bespoke there and RTW/MTO at […]

June 20, 2016

Norman Vilalta Colored Grain Loafers

The first time I saw these colored grain loafers, I knew that they were going to be successful and the fact that Norman Vilalta was presenting them at Pitti means that it must have become true. It would appear that demand has been high for them so I believe that Norman is putting them into a regular RTW rotation. The question is which color will be the most popular? My heart always goes out towards […]

April 28, 2016

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Blue Shoes Are Now The Norm

Maybe I am confused by what I see online and what is truly reality but from a perspective of how often I see blue shoes now versus how often I used to, say 3 years ago, I really feel like they are becoming more ‘normal.’ My egotistical side likes to think that I had a part of that as I have been hammering into the head of whoever reads my blog that blue shoes are […]

June 13, 2015

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J.FitzPatrick Shoes in NYC!!

So I am here at Leffot today, trying to keep cool from this dreadful humidity that is making me sweat. This is the last day of our trunk show so if you are in or around the West Village today come stop by, say hi and check out the shoes!! And remember that we are now accepting MTO orders and the upcharge is only £75 for non EU residents. 

February 24, 2014

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Gaziano & Girling’s New Shoe Factory

I just recently had the time and the pleasure of getting myself up to the infamous town of Kettering to finally see the new Gaziano & Girling factory. I have been meaning to do this for awhile now, but with the little man to take care of on weekends, I don’t often find the time to get away. But I managed to knock out a few birds with one stone and blame the business for […]

February 14, 2014

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Soles to Match by Riccardo Bestetti

Riccardo Bestetti never ceases to amaze me with his artistic talents. Not only is his patina work on his uppers very beautiful but it would appear that he is taking it to the next level by matching (as best he can) that same patina on the soles of the shoes. While doing the soles is not something that will ultimately last, it still is a nice touch and beautiful to see. The only downside is […]