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Dress Shoes Archive

August 19, 2019

What I am Wearing Video Series

  I have always wanted to give inspiration to those that may not know how to wear bold shoes or have fears of shoes outside of what they are used to. I won’t claim to have the best style in the world, but I am not afraid to go bold every now and then show it. And I can’t be The Shoe Snob if I am not wearing the shoes that I preach about. So […]

August 15, 2019

TYE Shoemaker – Most Interesting Brand of Today

Bespoke shoemaker, TYE Shoemaker, out of Japan has been making some very very interesting shoes since coming to light a few years back, thanks to Instagram. The latest are these very intriguing and unique blue suede Crocodile Norwegian welt derbies with a commando gum sole and a bamboo pattern. Damn, that’s a lot going on. Not to mention the braided trimming, just a little touch of detail that TYE likes to commonly through in there. […]

August 12, 2019

J.FitzPatrick Footwear Summer Sale – Now Live!

  After waiting many months, we have finally received our stock (most of it that is) and have officially launched our Summer Sale. There are several facets to the Summer Sale so please read carefully below so that you understand it all. As we continue to restructure J.FitzPatrick Footwear, we have felt it logistically easier for us to simply run the sale on one site, the US website. For those of you in Europe, please take note […]

August 8, 2019

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Berluti Impresses on the Bespoke Side

Following yesterday’s roast of Berluti’s RTW atrocities, is the upside post about their Bespoke Program and the amazingness that comes out of that. I recently saw this photo on the Instagram account of @sole_preacher and was immediately impressed with all that was going on. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not a ‘normal’ shoe. This, for me, is not necessarily a wearable shoe either (i.e. I would not wear it) but the detail, making, […]

August 7, 2019

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Berluti Does It Again – Ruins Dress Shoes

It pains me to write these types of posts against Berluti as in reality they use to inspire me and have made some of the most beautiful shoes that I have ever seen. But again, maybe that extreme contrast between beauty and ugliness in their shoe production is what keeps me writing these posts, in the hopes that they will stop making these atrocities that can barely pass as shoes. I just don’t understand what […]

August 5, 2019

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Summer Cleaning – New Shoes of Mine for Sale!

I have added some new shoes for sale on The Marketplace, shoes of my own that is. See them all here. The sizing will range between UK6.5/UK7  (US7.5/US8 – EU40.5/EU41) Most of the shoes have been worn less than 5 times and the featured model is actually brand new. Some come with shoe trees, others do no so please do read carefully. I have more to add so stay tuned for those as well. And […]

July 31, 2019

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His & Hers Patina Loafers by Vietnamese Shoemaker Thanh Le

It’s nice to see when inspiration has been used to create something of passion. This style of loafer I have only ever seen once in my life and it was originally created by Magnanni and I wrote about it HERE. It would appear that Vietnamese Shoemaker Thanh Le saw this too and decided to make him and his lady a pair, which I find quite romantic! And I like what he did with it, fading […]

July 30, 2019

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Amblier – New Welted Shoe Brand out of Sweden

There is another new shoe brand on the scene, offering welted shoes out of Spain with rubber soles and lasted shoe trees. All packaged nicely together at around $360-$385. That comes with free worldwide shipping. And their name is Amblier. Amblier is the house brand from the online shoe retail, The Sabot. And the Sabot was created by two gentlemen, one silent partner and one very recognizable @Erikged from Instagram. They came on the scene […]

July 29, 2019

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The Shoe Snob Video Series – What is MTO?

 What does the term MTO actually mean and what does it entail? Here I quickly break down this acronym so that there is no more confusion for you when you see this attached to a product. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrjfitz84/ Thanks as always for the support! -Justin FitzPatrick

Crockett & Jones – The Importance of Pattern Making

Pattern Cutting is one of the most important aspects of shoemaking and the one that probably the one that gets the least recognition but deserves the most respect. You see, the reason why you like a shoe is pretty much boiling down to two things: 1. The shape i.e. the last and it’s cut and 2. The design i.e. the pattern and how carefully it was made. But shoe design is complex. A brogue is […]