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September 18, 2020

Altan’s Norwegian Wholecuts – A New Trend?

I have been seeing a lot of Norwegian stitching lately, on several different brands but no one has shown it more than Altan Bottier, of Paris. With their skills in patina and specialization of making elegant wholecut oxfords, they have made a collection of Norwegian wholecuts in various colors and styles (dress vs ‘sport’). I never personally like the Norwegian stitch but like psychology would predict in successful marketing the more that you see something, […]

September 11, 2020

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Last Weekend of Summer Sale – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

It is your last chance to grab up to 40% off on some of J.FitzPatrick’s models that are soon leaving the collection, not to mention the 20% off the Core Models that are classic favorites in my brand, like the elegant Tony II, the Button Boots and the triple-stitch Magnolia cap toe oxford.There is lots to be had but little time left to take advantage of some of the best prices you will find in […]

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 7, 2020

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Our Recommended EU Shoe Cobbler – Shoespa Amsterdam

The one, and only, thing that I like about Instagram is the ability to discover new things that you otherwise never would have. One of those things, for me, was Shoespa Amsterdam who recently recrafted a pair of my brands’ shoes and did an incredible job. Our customer posted this on IG and through tagging I was able to discover this small workshop that doesn’t appear to have a website (not to be confused with […]

September 4, 2020

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Understanding Shoe Colors Online, and Lighting

In photography, lighting is key. It is 70% of the battle in my opinion. If the lighting (or camera setting with that lighting) is not right it is very hard to then capture the true color of something, especially certain shades of leather. All different types of lighting will also give a different interpretation of something. In most cases there are these types of lighting: Daylight, Sunlight, White Light, Yellow Light, Low Lighting (think your […]

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 […]

August 31, 2020

Sole Creativity on the Rise!

A strange phenomenon has occurred and that is that people seem to be enjoying more and more the idea of a decorated shoe sole and pictures of them. When I add a sole shot to my IG feed, depending on how shiny it is and the angle of it, often it is getting more likes, comments and circulation than my pictures of beautiful shoes. Go figure. Maybe I should become ‘The Sole Snob’ and only […]

August 28, 2020

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2nd Markdowns Now Live – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale Continues and there are some great prices to be had, especially after many models went to 40% off. We will keep it short and sweet. The sale is priced into 3 categories: 1. 10% off Spring/Summer Collection 2. 20% off our Core Collection 3. 40% off our Discontinued Models The JF Line is moderately discounted as a Pre-Sale price. Once the stock arrives in early September, the price will go […]

August 26, 2020

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Norman Vilalta Crushing The Shoe Game

Norman has a great series of imagery for his latest collections of shoes. And these shots and shoes, more importantly, are mind-blowing. I particularly like the featured balmoral which at first glance looks like a common oxford but then when looking more deeply at it, shows Norman’s great attention to detail in the small, subtle design changes that he makes to really separate his brand. This is just what I like though but not really […]

August 14, 2020

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J.FitzPatrick Summer Sale Now Live

  The J.FitzPatrick Summer Sale is now live and there are some great prices to be had! I will keep it short and sweet. The sale is priced into 3 categories: 1. 10% off Spring/Summer Collection 2. 20% off our Core Collection 3. 30% off our Discontinued Models The JF Line is moderately discounted as a Pre-Sale price. Once the stock arrives at the end of the month/early September, the price will go up and […]