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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 […]

August 14, 2014

Ducal – A Florentine Delight!

It’s amazing what brands are in Italy that are still quite small and unknown. One of those brands is a Florentine one called Ducal, which I happened to stumble upon while at Pitti Uomo. I am quite glad that I did too, because I was so immensely impressed by not only the quality but also the design. Things that I saw there were simply amazing, particularly this braided double monk above. And for the record, […]

July 30, 2014

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Edward Green for Unipair

  I have explained the difference between a £400 and an £800 shoe, saying that in reality the leathers won’t be too far off (in the sense they could be the same, but high end shoes might only use the top of the 1st grade while lower priced might use lower end 1st and 2nd grade etc), the construction not too far off either (being welted, but more details), but one thing that we don’t […]

July 23, 2014

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Gatsby Gone Wild

There is no shortage of bold shoes in the world. Most of the time you don´t see them on people´s feet though. But when the sun is out, people start to get more bold. The Autumn is all about subdued colors and subtle pairings whereas the Summer is all about bold colors, strong contrasts and expression of one´s self. These shoes by Ivan Crivellaro, worn at the last Pitti Uomo, are definitely all about expression. […]

July 17, 2014

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Corthay Canvas Shoes for S/S2015

I have always loved canvas as a material. The only thing that I do not love is how hard it is to clean when it gets dirty. White Chuck T’s (converse all star’s) are the ultimate no-no shoe for this very idea, but they always look cool. But as someone who hates a dirty/scuffy shoe, I could never allow myself to get a pair of those. This is where I am with these Corthay’s. Looking […]

July 11, 2014

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The Ultimate Spectator by Gaziano & Girling

I have always loved the Astaire by Gaziano & Girling. It is easily my favorite model of theirs, especially when done on the DG70 last, which of course is my favorite last. Now, when you think of a traditional spectator (co-respondent) it is either going to be in your classic black and white combination or a brown and white of some sorts. The bottom line is that the color white is usually the color of […]

July 9, 2014

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Scarpe di Bianco at Pitti Uomo

I have always liked Scarpe di Bianco as I felt that they created such a great fusion between Italian & British craftmanship and design, not to mention that their shoes are of exceptional quality (see review here). It always makes me wonder how some brands will just take off in the blogosphere/industry and become the next biggest thing, while others of the same caliber won’t. I guess, like trends, it’s simply timing. I do believe […]

July 3, 2014

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Mario Bemer – A New Start

For those that may not know, Stefano Bemer (the man) passed away about 2 years ago now. During the time that it occurred there was a lot of speculation as to what was going to happen with the company. About 6-8 months later, it was announced that the Stefano Bemer name had been purchased and that the company and shoes would live on. It was of course great news, as a name that was synonymous […]

July 1, 2014

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Barker at Pitti Uomo 86: S/S2015 = COLORS!

  During my tour all of the stalls at Pitti Uomo was a quick pit stop at Barker to see what they were going to be getting up to for the upcoming seasons. It was a nice colorful surprise to see what they had one show, which was an array of shoes that not even I could have thought of. Not only were there loads of bi-colored shoes, but even more so, a good amount […]

June 6, 2014

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A Weekend Send Off of Shoe Greatness

We are having the first proper day of Spring/Summer here in London today, the sun is gleaming and I could not be more distracted or uninspired to work. That being, I don’t have a lot to say today unfortunately as I cannot seem to keep focus on anything for very long! I will of course leave you with some lovely things to look at however, so do enjoy those. On another note, jfitzpatrickfootwear.com is sort […]