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July 10, 2015

2nd Round of Dandy Shoe Care Patina x J.FitzPatrick

I thought that you all might enjoy seeing the next round of patinas that came in from our collaboration with Dandy Shoe Care. I always enjoy seeing what people ask for and how it comes out. Some cool stuff definitely going on here. I particularly like the one featured at the top and directly below. There are still some sizes left so don’t miss on this if you are at all interested: http://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/products/j-fitzpatrick-x-dandy-shoe-care-blog-exclusive#.VZ_EYvlVhBe Have a great […]

April 14, 2015

1920’s Patina by Dandy Shoe Care

For those of you that remember, last year I had a patina collaboration between Dandy Shoe Care and my shoe brand, J.FitzPatrick. We used my Tony II model and it was a great treat seeing all of the interesting concoctions that people came up with. As a thank you to Alexander for doing such a great job and working with me on it, I gifted him a pair of shoes to see what he could […]

April 13, 2015

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Spectator Season Has Returned – Cobbler Union

  The sun is finally showing itself more than not so these days and while I love A/W for the layering and use of more fabric/cloth inspired footwear, I can’t help but appreciate seeing the sun. And now that the sun is out, it means that we call start being a bit more bold in our footwear as it is not so frowned upon to be daring when everyone else is half naked anyway. That […]

January 26, 2015

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Edward Green At Pitti Uomo 87

  Another stop that I always make is the Edward Green stand and this time I saw something very interesting stuff, including this boot above, which I believe was a design of theirs from the early 1900’s that they are reinventing! Among others was the addition of some nice green semi brogues and some lovely spectator two tones in blue. It was nice to see EG branching out a bit, quite contrary to the comments […]

December 12, 2014

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Herring Spectators – Perfect for Christmas!

A good green suede can go a long way and this green suede just might be the best that I have yet to ever see. It’s the perfect blend between dark green, blue and emerald green and that is what I have always looked for. Funny thing is that I have yet to find it until now! Looks like I will be knocking on Herring’s door to see where they got it! Anyway, back to […]

November 19, 2014

Spectator Done Differently

One thing that I love about Norman Vilalta’s shoes design is that he sometimes does things that are so different yet so familiar. I mean, they are quite uncommon in terms of modern day design but make me reminisce to what might have been common back in the pre-40’s shoes. Yet, while being different, they don’t jump out at you as if he was reinventing the wheel. It’s subtle, like this amazing derby spectator, which […]

October 28, 2014

Closed Vs. Open Channel Sole Stitching

There are many different treatments that one can give to a shoe’s sole, but what I want to focus on is the big obvious one, i.e. channel stitching. There are really only two ways to do it (in the modern world of RTW shoes), which is either open (showing) or closed (not showing). What you find as a general rule is that the lower end the brand, the more chances are that they will have […]

September 19, 2014

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The Barbanera Brothers (and their shoes!)

I have always admired the style and direction of the young Italian shoe brand called Barbanera. For me, anyone out there trying to do something different with their own sense of style embedded in their product is alright in my book. It’s all too easy to copy but to create a ‘look and feel’ of your own is another ball game, one that is definitely challenging, particularly in this day and age. So when Barbanera […]

September 8, 2014

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Buying International Products Online

EDIT – MARCH 15TH, 2016: THE US JUST PASSED A LAW INCREASING THE LEVEL OF EXEMPTION ON PRIVATELY IMPORTED GOODS, FROM $200 TO $800 SO NOW PROVIDING THAT YOUR PURCHASE DOES NOT EXCEED $800 IN RETAIL VALUE, YOU WILL NOT BE TAXED (FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE US) ON THE GOODS COMING INTO THE US. Let me preface this post by saying that this is not directed at any one individual (nor at a […]

August 26, 2014

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Cheaney at Pitti Uomo 86

Playing a whole lot of catch up today trying to unbox all of the leftover sample sale stock, not to mention that I am getting hit with the flu, thanks to the drastic weather change, lack of sleep and non-stop work. Therefore, don’t have a ton of time to write but I wanted to show you what Cheaney had on offer at the latest Pitti, showing what I believe was a mixture of A/W2014 as […]