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November 29, 2018

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A/W Loafers by Crockett & Jones

People don’t usually think of loafers in the Winter but they should not go slept on for an entire season unless you live in places like Canada or Russia where the snowfall is more common than not. But for those of you in places like California or the warmer climates that don’t really see a temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, I don’t see why a loafer can’t be warm on one of those chilly yet […]

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 […]

August 14, 2018

The Bit Loafer – Making a Comeback

The bit loafer is making a comeback and so far, I am somewhat impressed with what I have seen, particularly by Carmina’s version of one. To be quite honest, I never liked the classic Gucci one as I found the last to be over round, the apron to be atrocious and the rugged sole unfit for a loafer. I never understood how it became so popular. It was the reason why I hated bit loafers. […]

June 8, 2018

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Löf & Tung’s New Loafers

Skoaktiebolaget’s house brand, Löf & Tung, has just launched some new loafers for the Summer. Two are classic leather loafers that really don’t do it for me in an exciting way, but I love the suede versions. I have always been a fan of the braided tassel loafer, and the dark brown suede version is a must-have for any man that likes a classic yet still not too common tassel loafer. I have also really been […]

August 25, 2017

J.FitzPatrick MTO Promotion – 50% Off MTO Fee

After having had a successful launch to our MTO program, and giving a good year of make-ups, we at J.FitzPatrick Footwear felt that it was finally time to offer a deal on our MTO program by knocking off 50% of the MTO fee from now until the end of Sept. Our MTO program is very flexible and there are many things that you can do within in, short of copying other models and/or creating a […]

September 21, 2016

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The Business of Private Labeling

Re-posted from February 2014. There was recently a discussion on Facebook where one ‘in-the-menswear-industry’ individual quotes, “Interesting how all shoes produced in Spain look exactly alike with different private label brands. BOOOOOO it’s starting to bore me.” Naturally I was asked by someone else to make a comment, I am sure one reason just being that I am the author of this blog and thus people wanting my 2 cents and quite possibly the other […]

June 20, 2016

Norman Vilalta Colored Grain Loafers

The first time I saw these colored grain loafers, I knew that they were going to be successful and the fact that Norman Vilalta was presenting them at Pitti means that it must have become true. It would appear that demand has been high for them so I believe that Norman is putting them into a regular RTW rotation. The question is which color will be the most popular? My heart always goes out towards […]

May 25, 2015

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Edward Green for the Spring!

When I have a spare 5-10 minutes and am heading towards my cobbler, I always pop my head into the Edward Green shop on Jermyn st. to see what they have recently cooked up for new models/colorways. Recently I had those spare minutes so took the time to go see their new S/S stock which consisted of many new interesting things. While EG is quite classic in nature of shoe styles, what I really like […]

Norman Vilalta Loafers = Killer!!!!

  This has to be one of the coolest shoes that I have seen in a long time and it’s no wonder that is coming from my good friend Norman Vilalta who is quickly taking the industry by storm. Having launch his RTW collection not too long ago in NYC at Leffot, I feel quite excited to see the cool things that he comes up with next. These loafers are just outrageous and it has […]

February 6, 2015

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The At Home Patina

So a client recently showed me his very first attempt at patina which I must say was quite impressive. His goal was not to look like a 5 year old had done it, and I have to say that what came out looks better than many of what the so-called patina artists produce. (Not ones that I show on the blog, but the countless others) Nicknaming it the ‘Tortoise’ look, I have to say that […]