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Chelsea Boots Archive

February 19, 2020

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Chelseas with a Twist – Carmina Shoemaker

Its refreshing to see Chelsea boots in some sort of dark burgundy/merlot color. In this case Plum Museum Calf. I never understood why this color has not caught on more with the extremely popular boot style: the chelsea. For me, this color goes with everything that a brown calfskin can. And potentially even more and also look better. Yet its very rare that you see one. Naturally I was excited to see this MTO option […]

October 25, 2019

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What I am Wearing – Boots

For those that don’t already know, I am a boot guy. So bad in fact that I recently had to drastically downscale my collection as prior to selling off a ton of my personal stock holding, the boot side of my wardrobe alone was around 60 pairs. If it didnt get so hot here in NYC and physical space came cheap, I would wear them all year ’round. So you can imagine that I love […]

October 21, 2019

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Oro Los Angeles – Boots Done Differently

There is a new (relatively) boot company based in LA making some interesting pieces of footwear and their name is Oro. For those that do not know, that means ‘gold’ in Spanish. They have been on my radar for a while now but seeing this jodhpur put my interest into something greater than just curiosity. Here are the specs: 1. Price ranges from $325 to about $450 with a few boots in exotic leather or […]

October 17, 2019

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Rainy Day? Wear Suede

There is a reason why you should wear good suede. And that reason is that it handles rain better anything else. Now when I say this, I am talking about suedes darker than Snuff suede because any sand-like color suede, or lighter, cannot withstand the rain mainly for the dirt that comes along with those wet days. And that simple fact about light suede is what has most likely given suede a bad rep. But […]

September 6, 2019

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Final Reductions at J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale

We have done our Final Reductions for the End of Summer Sale. You have until Monday to take advantage of these prices. After that, all of the shoes in stock will go back up to full price. As per of the markdown you will find: Select Welted loafers down to $199 Select Welted oxfords down to $199 Brown Suede welted loafers at $210 / $225 Olympia in Navy Suede at $99 And much more! ***For those […]

April 26, 2019

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The Consolidation Sale

Blog Readers, The last two years have been a good learning experience and a classic case of small business growing pains. Most of you won’t feel or know this but around a year and a half ago the market seemed to drastically change overnight. It would appear that you all realized that you had too many shoes or wanted to start dressing more casually or a combination of both. So the sales for the upper […]

April 8, 2019

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Chelsea Boots – Smart or Casual?

I recently had a customer ask me to compare my brand’s chelsea boots to RM Williams and asking what separates the two being that they are both $495 and wholecut patterns? And I had to really think about this as RM Williams makes a great boot for sure. And it made me ponder deep into my previous train of thought where I used to actually dislike chelsea boots. And that was around the time that […]

March 7, 2019

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #7 — Project TWLV

Project TWLV is a Swedish/Italian quality footwear brand in the midrange price segment, that focuses on Blake-Rapid stitched and Goodyear welted boots. The brand was founded by two people with extensive experience from the shoe industry’s more fashion-oriented sector. Wanting to branch out, they used their knowledge of the industry and contacts gained during there time in it to build their brand and quickly get it’s name widely spread.   Their boot range is vast, with […]

December 6, 2018

Gold Museum Calf

I have never been a huge fan of tan calf. Let me rephrase that. I don’t like it for myself but have always been attracted to it in shoes. Just when I put it on, I feel it too strong a contrast for my typical attire (i.e. dark jeans and suits). But what I have come to love is Gold Museum Calf. Now, I know that it is not really even close to what a […]

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 […]