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September 23, 2020

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The Henry II Adelaide – Herring Shoes

I love a good adelaide. And it would appear a lot of other people do too as they are becoming more and more the staple oxford choice not only in shoemaker’s collections but also in consumers wardrobes and daily wear. While the traditional cap toe oxford still reigns supreme in the realm of dress attire I have a feeling that its time is coming as go-to dress shoe and feel that the adelaide will be […]

June 29, 2020

Industry Secrets Part 1: ‘Handmade’ is a Lie

  Pictures in post represent what actual handmade shoes look like. The thing about me is that I believe lying is the most dangerous weaponry there is. It can fool millions, deceive entire groups of people, and lead many to have a perception that is built on falsehood. 90% of brands that claim their shoes are handmade are a part of that great deception. Your shoes are not handmade. Yet that is what they want […]

April 1, 2020

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Full Brogue Double Monks

I have always loved a double monk that was fully brogued. It adds a unique look to the now so common cap toe version that you see almost as prevalent as oxfords. Even better would be a suede version. I think I would give a lot of use to that. It just seems so versatile This version, by Chinese shoemaker Gordon Jimjun (IG), is perfectly balanced. Edward Green has a similar model but I always […]

December 4, 2019

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Gaziano & Girling – 25% off 4 Models for December

Gaziano & Girling doesn’t often go on sale, but it would appear that they are making way for new things as they are discounting 4 models at a nice price of 25% off which leads me to believe they are clearing stock to make room for others! For those that live outside of the EU, this discount puts these four models at £675 (circa $900) which is a crazy good price for a G&G mainline […]

May 3, 2019

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The Allen Edmonds Brogue

I am not going to say that Allen Edmonds is my favorite brand but I have always liked the way they do their brogued oxfords. Something about them always stood out for me. Trying to thinking about it now, it would appear that there are a couple of things that I notice that differentiate them from others: 1. They use double stitching around the brogueing. This feature here is probably the one that really helps […]

March 25, 2019

April 13, 2018

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Löf & Tung – New Swedish Shoe Brand on the Block!

Many of you will be familiar with the Swedish shoe shop, Skoaktiebolaget. Few of you might, however, be familiar with the history of the owners and how they came to be. Best friends from youth, Patrik Löf and Daniel Tung have been doing things for a long while as a team, a partnership. With a background (and another company) in IT but a liking for menswear, specifically shoes, they started their shoe adventure as agents […]

July 13, 2017

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Leather Quality & how It Varies

Perfect leather all the way around….top grade too Let me start by saying that this is a long, yet informative post. I made a comment on the blog the other day in reference to one shoemakeris leather being typically of a lesser quality with respects to another maker. Not necessarily that it was a low quality, only that within the grades of high quality, one was lower than the other. This comment threw off the […]

February 27, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S17 Pre-Sale Now Live – Round 1

The J.FitzPatrick Footwear Spring/Summer 2017 collection is finally taking form and we have a lot of new stock to offer. Therefore this years’ Pre-Sales will come in several rounds due to the amount of not only new models but the array of new colorways in some of our core, classic models. For this first round of Pre-Sales, we are offering mainly our core range products but in new colorways, with the exception of our full […]