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Crockett & Jones – The Importance of Pattern Making

Pattern Cutting is one of the most important aspects of shoemaking and the one that probably the one that gets the least recognition but deserves the most respect. You see, the reason why you like a shoe is pretty much boiling down to two things: 1. The shape i.e. the last and it’s cut and 2. The design i.e. the pattern and how carefully it was made. But shoe design is complex. A brogue is […]

April 9, 2019

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Crepe Soles – Yay or Nay?

When I first started the JF line, one blog reader used to tell me, ‘Justin when you add a black crepe sole to a pair of dress shoes, I will be the first to buy them and you can name them after me.’ I always thought it would be a cool idea but not really the easiest material to source and on top of that not the easiest to market to more than this customer […]

March 17, 2019

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October 17, 2018

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Penny Loafers – Classic Round Toe or Modern Elongated Toe?

The penny loafer is the most classic style of loafer there is. And probably my least favorite as I personally prefer a butterfly or wholecut version. But I am not the end all be all as most of the world still loves a good ‘ol fashioned Penny strap version. But the question now is which version is more preferred by the people: the classic round last or the modern elongated toe? I have always preferred […]

November 9, 2017

James Fox of Crockett & Jones – Interview

1.  What is your role at Crockett & Jones? And not just a title, what are you responsible for? I mainly focus on the hands on Marketing & Advertising… that sort of thing! We do print and digital production in-house, so it is one hell of a battle! It takes a big effort constantly creating content for the digital generation.   2.  How long have you worked at C&J? 8 years this coming spring.   […]

July 13, 2017

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Leather Quality & how It Varies

Perfect leather all the way around….top grade too Let me start by saying that this is a long, yet informative post. I made a comment on the blog the other day in reference to one shoemakeris leather being typically of a lesser quality with respects to another maker. Not necessarily that it was a low quality, only that within the grades of high quality, one was lower than the other. This comment threw off the […]

July 12, 2017

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Crockett & Jones – Customer Endorsements

The greatest power a brand can have in today’s social media is the ability to have other people freely promoting their products. And with the way that social media works in today’s world every brand has this opportunity to take advantage of, if they can do it right. Crockett & Jones has had a major impact on social media, namely Instagram, with this and the sheer amount of customers that not only wear their shoes […]

June 28, 2017

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Grades Of Shoe Craftsmanship

Bespoke shoes by Gaziano & Girling As I have stated before, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion as to how a shoe is made (whether by hand, machine or a bit of both), particularly due to the lack of knowledge from salesmen at retail stores, as well as the misrepresentation of words (such as ‘handmade’) printed on a shoe itself and/or the marketing of most brands. These two things, coupled with the […]

June 22, 2017

Crockett & Jones Archive Shoes

I once asked Tony Gaziano, of Gaziano & Girling, who he thought made the best shoes of all time and he told me Crockett & Jones circa the beginning of the 1900’s. Not to cut them down today, but shoemaking around that time was phenomenally different than what we see now days. I could go on all day on theories why that is, but I will save that debate for another post. More to the […]

November 11, 2016

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SHOES PART 6: 51-60

  ***Pics in post have nothing to do with the post itself, except the last picture which is in reference to rule 50.**** 51. One rule in this long list stated that shoe fit is subjective. While this is true on a personal level, the way a shoe should really fit is by hugging your foot, like a glove does to your hand. The reason why is due to arch placement (which translates how much […]