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September 10, 2020

Unboxing Series – Paul Parkman

Here is an unboxing video on Turkish shoemaker, Paul Parkman, who is easily making some of the boldest and unique footwear in the market today. Not your average Goodyear welted classic shoes that I tend to speak on but throwing a bit of a curveball in the mix for all of you that appreciate the more flashy side of the shoe industry! Find this pair at Paul Parkman Online  

September 2, 2020

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The Sharpest Derby I Have Seen

If you have read my blog for more than a year you probably know that I am not a huge fan of derby shoes. Something about them just doesn’t really appeal to me in the same way that oxfords and other dress styles do. But I say this as a dress shoe. I like them as more “casual” styles. But always found it weird when guys wore casual derbies with suits. It never sat right […]

April 2, 2020

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Unique TLB Mallorca Shoes exclusive to Yeossal

Singaporean Atelier of menswear (shoes, clothes, accessories), Yeossal, has an interesting selection of TLB Mallorca shoes that no one else has, not even TLB themselves. I find many of them quite intriguing to say the least, especially the saddle brogue derby which is my favorite among them. Yeossal has done a great job of carefully selecting unique pieces for their collections. A smart move by them, not only for their own local audiences but also […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

October 30, 2017

Mexican Shoemaker Doing Thing Different – Atelier Amareto

Those of you in the US might be familiar with the shoemaking culture that Mexico has had over the last century, but for of you on the other side of the planet, it might come as a surprise to know that in Leon, Mexico shoemaking has been thriving for many many years and clearly still continues with brands like Atelier Amareto by Claudio Lopez. With Mexico’s proximity to the United States, it might not come as […]

August 8, 2017

Fugashin – Another write up for the Vietnamese Kings of Shoemaking

I have been honored with a 2nd pair of shoes from Fugashin Saigon, a factory based out of Vietnam who makes some very impressive shoes. For those of you that missed the first review, please see it HERE. The first pair of shoes I got were unfortunately way too small. I ordered a UK6.5, my normal size in most British benchgrade shoes but they felt more like a G&G or EG UK6.5 which my feet […]

March 24, 2017

J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S2017 Pre-Sale Round 3: Hand Stitched Apron Models + New Single Monk

J.FitzPatrick Footwear’s 3rd round of PreSale is now live (with still more to come believe it or not). For this presale, we are offering our version of the much popular hand stitched apron shoe, coming in a derby form as well as an oxford form. On top of that, we have updated our single monk and added a few new colorways in it. The hand sewn apron Derby is somewhat of cult classic model that […]

December 6, 2016

A Trip to Corthay – London

It is not often that I get to visit the Corthay shop in London. It might sound silly that while it is only about 20 mins away, it feels like eternity to get there and come back and with as hectic as my days are, it is hard to justify it. Also I am not a fan of Knightsbridge and all of the flash that goes on there. I much prefer Mayfair. But that is […]

November 17, 2016

The Elongated Norwegian Split Toe

In the split toe world, there are 3 types of constructions. There is the basic machine stitch split toe where you just see a small seam down the town (stitch on the inside), then there is the inverted hand stitch split toe (think Edward Green Dover), which is quite very popular among Italian brands and then you have the Norwegian split toe which is generally a hand stitched apron and split. Now within that realm […]

November 16, 2016

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Paolo Scafora – A Man Worth Knowing

  (Repost from Pitti Uomo 2014) While in Florence, I had the absolute pleasure of spending a good amount of time with Paolo Scafora (a Neapolitan shoemaker), and not just in a business environment but in a friendly environment, an environment that allows one to just be natural. I must say that he was one of the most kind and generous people that I have ever met (not to take away from all of the […]