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September 19, 2018

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Meermin Goes Green!

For A/W18 Meermin Mallorca has a couple of green shoe options circulating in their current collections. It would appear that green shoes are getting more popular as I continue to see them across multiple brands from different countries and it is quite refreshing to see this occurence. A dark green leather IMHO is going to be a relatively versatile choice for your more smart casual wear. As you can see here it pairs well with […]

September 13, 2018

Diamond Cut Cap Toes by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget

A suede shoe is usually seen as your more casual option of footwear as the rough texture doesn’t lend itself to a shine or a sleek look like calfskin does. But for me it also matters the pattern of the shoe. This very sleek diamond cut cap toe adelaide by Enzo Bonafe for Skoaktiebolaget to me is very dressy looking. I would put this under any suit and think that the man wearing these is […]

September 12, 2018

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Unique Patina by The Shine of Poland

  I always appreciate a unique patina. And while this one is not so out of this world different in terms of skill, it is unique to what you commonly see among Patina artists. The Shine, a Polish patina/shoe shine service that also sells shoes, is becoming for me one of Europe’s more exciting Patina artists. If you gander through the Instagram account you can see the growth of their skill and range of patina’s […]

September 5, 2018

Tony Gaziano Interview & Singapore Trunk Show

For those of you interested in reading the thoughts of master last and pattern maker and one of my mentors in the shoe industry, Kevin Seah has just done a nice interview on Tony Gaziano of Gaziano & Girling at the LINK HERE.  The shoe business is a tough one and most people see it as glamorous from the outside looking in, but in the thick of it, you go through a lot of ups […]

September 4, 2018

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Burgundy Wholecuts by Altan Bottier

I have been saying it for years. There needs to be more burgundy wholecuts on the scene. Nice to see that someone has actually created a selection of them. None other than Altan Bottier who in famous for their beautiful wholecut model and all of the various patina’s that they give it. But here you finally have it in the shades of red/burgundy and I couldn’t be more pleased to see them. While not a huge […]

August 31, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – 30% Off Pre-Order Sale – Last Weekend!

  It is the final days of our Pre-Order Sale Period where you can get 30% off the retail price on all of the old Seasonal Models that we will no longer be stocking from this point forward. Remember that after this sale period, to order these same shoes will incur an added MTO fee and a 3-4 month wait period. A Pre-Order Sale shoe is something that you are getting at a discounted rate in exchange […]

August 27, 2018

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Crockett & Jones – ‘Black Editions’ Collection for Winter

Crockett and Jones have recently launched the beginnings of their A/W collection, titled ‘Black Editions.’ As you can see these are definitely geared towards a heavy Winter not only having a storm welt but also commando soles. The Summer has been relatively mild this year so maybe we are due for a heavy downpour this A/W season. And certainly if that is the case, a pair of shoes/boots like these will allow you to keep […]

August 24, 2018

The Shoe Snob / J.FitzPatrick Footwear – NYC Showroom in the Making

  As some of you may know, last year I moved from London to NYC with the hopes of getting our US expansion underway. It has been a long process but things are finally coming to real fruition with our NYC showroom. Most of the works to turn it into an actual workspace from the apartment that it used to be are nearly done and more furniture/fixtures are on their way. And I am now […]

August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

August 20, 2018

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Simple is Beautiful – Stephane Jimenez

Sometimes the best pair of shoes is a simple pair of shoes. When I say simple, I mean a simple pattern, style, cut etc. But nothing is more boring than a flat and lifeless color so the way the shoe looks in terms of leather style/choice/color is very important. And that is preciously what attracted me to this exquisite pair of bespoke oxfords by Stephane Jimenez, of France. I am a pure sucker for a […]