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Paolo Scafora Now Carried at Skoaktiebolaget

I have always been a fan of Paolo Scafora. And it is not just for his amazing shoes but also because he a great individual, one that is genuine and passionate. These two traits always show in great shoemakers as they, for me, are prerequisites for lasting in this industry, one that can be very tough and cut-throat. So as Paolo carried these admirable traits I had always hoped that his shoes would get the […]

May 5, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear GMTO – Last Weekend!!

  We are in the last days of our 2nd round of GMTO offering here at J.FitzPatrick Footwear . There are a couple that are near completion so don’t hesitate to get your order in to get a pair of these shoes/boots sans the MTO fee. The offer ends Monday, May 8th at 8am London time so keep that in mind!! Things to Remember with GMTO We need a minimum of 6 purchases per model to clear […]

April 7, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick S/S’17 Last Round of New Models

We have finally received the rest of our new models for S/S’17 and these are the ones that really give the feeling of Spring in the Air! The Roosevelt – This is our new two tone model (with new medallion introduced), partially replacing our previous two tone Wallingford as well as the Rainier that we always offered in a two tone combination. With the sweeping back facing that extends to the heel we felt it […]

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 […]

October 19, 2016

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The Saddle Derby by Edward Green

My idea of shoe design is to take existing classics and add a small detail on them that separates them from the masses. Most brands don’t do this though, not nowadays. What I feel like is the trend of today is to make a classic models but do it cheaper than the next guy. This trend won’t last though as the market gets saturated with brands coming out capsule collections of cheap shoes, there will […]

August 1, 2016

Hand Welted/Stitched Cordovan Apron Derbys by Enrile

Spanish shoemaker, Enrile, does a great version of the hand-stitched apron. Enrile’s style of making is more towards that of the Austro-Hungarian style of proper robustly made shoes and while not personally being my favorite shoemaking style, I think that it really lays well with this type of model. Here you can see a few versions that he has done with both machine-stitch upper sewing as well as hand-stitched upper sewing. It’s not often you […]

February 9, 2016

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Carlos Santos for Skoaktiebolaget

A lot of change is going on in the industry these days and I feel like there will be a huge revolution this year of smaller makers becoming more known and the giants that were previously powerhouses will soon start to have to fight for sales and they won’t come as easy as they have in the past. And part of it is thanks to stores like Skoaktiebolaget (and the like) who are out there […]

December 31, 2010

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Shoes Of The Week (And Possibly Of The Year)

I have to say that Japanese men are hands down the most bold when it comes to creating bespoke shoes, at least from what I have seen. This pair by Stefano Bemer, which I borrowed from some Japanese person’s Flickr site, has to be one of the coolest designs that I have ever seen. While the shoe is relatively simple itself, the coloring and detailing of the leather is just amazing and incredibly unique. This, […]

December 10, 2010

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Today’s Favorites – Marc Guyot’s Unique Derby

The French never cease to amaze me when it comes to being stylistically and colorfully creative in the world of shoes. Here you can see that shoe designer Marc Guyot achieved just that by slightly modifying the design of the common derby model. What I like most about it, is that the extra piece of leather gives you the chance to add another color into the mix, as Mr. Guyot did as well. While I […]

November 17, 2010

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Today’s Favorites – Plain Toe Derby’s

Above: George Cleverley – Photo Courtesy Of: Leather Soul 3 Above: Stefano Bemer Above: J.A. Ramis by MEERMIN 2Above: Corthay - Picture Courtesy Of: Leffot A nice plain toe derby can go a long way: from jeans all the way to being worn with a suit depending on the cut and elegance of the particular model. It’s simplicity can be a refreshing treat when one is used to always wearing brogues, heavily stitched or intricately […]