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June 22, 2018

Introducing the Issaquah String Loafer – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

The long, braided-string tassel loafer has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I always admired the Anthony Cleverley version but never thought to add it to our collection until one of our French customers asked for it via MTO. Normally we do not make special requests like that as it was a change of pattern but as I wanted one for myself, I went ahead and made that happen! And thankfully I […]

June 13, 2018

Discover the Laurelhurst II Braided Loafers – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to why you launch a new product. Something just happens in time and all things fall into place. That is kind of what happened with the Braided Laurelhurst II. I was at our factory and noticed a braided shoe and enquired about seeing the factory that does the braiding as I was intrigued. I had mixed feelings about braided shoes. I never liked all of the Mezlan ones […]

May 27, 2018

Discover The Whittier Wholecut Apron Oxford – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

In my younger days, I was never typically a fan of the derby model.  I am still not to be quite honest. My preference was always towards oxfords. So when creating my very first round of designs, the Whittier model was apart of that collection and I even had it made as a sample before the line launched. My goal was simple. To create an apron stitch shoe on an oxford. It was something that […]

May 23, 2018

The Shoe Snob Spring Cleaning – PRICE DROP!!

PRICE DROP IN ALL MODELS IN MY SHOE SNOB BLOG SHOP AS LINKED BELOW Many of these, as usual, are in immaculate condition having seen the light of day less than 5 times. And nearly all come with toe taps and one form of shoe tree. They all ship from London and will use Royal Mail unless the parcel goes over 2kgs of which then DHL or UPS will be used. Please read carefully before purchasing. […]

GDPR Opt In – What’s It All About?

You have all probably been receiving a lot of emails lately with this EU ‘GDPR’ business and wondering what that might be? Well, allow me to explain in my limited capacity of what this whole debacle is all about. As the world of the internet is growing and at a rapid pace at that, you have probably started to see that we are constantly bombarded by the offering of things, like ads really. A huge […]

May 16, 2018

Discover the Kent Double Monk- J.FitzPatrick Footwear

For my own shoe company, I have decided to explain why I create/offer new models etc and thought that I would also write this on the blog for those of you that are curious about why I decide to offer something or what process went through my head for a particular design. And even if you are not interested in my shoe brand, it will be an educational and entertaining read for those of you curious […]

May 15, 2018

Black Suede Shoes – Where Are They?

I love black suede. It is probably one of my favorite materials to make footwear with. But I never do because I can’t just make samples for myself without the possibility of trying to potentially put them into production. And the shame is that no one buys black suede, at least hardly anyone does. And I have always wondered why? Why is that that people love black calf shoes but are so afraid of black […]

April 27, 2018

The Shoe Snob Hits Texas – Trunk Shows at Knot Standard

  With our impending US launch in NYC of a showroom and stock set to be ready in June, we are beginning our US expansion with trunk shows in Texas, specifically Houston, Austin and Dallas to be exact. The very kind host of these trunk shows is custom suit makers, Knot Standard who will be offering any J.FitzPatrick customer a free custom shirt with a suit purchase. Owning one 3-piece flannel suit, one Double-breasted Corduroy […]

April 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Sneaker Collection Pre-Order Now Live!!!

It’s been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived for us to show our new sneaker line to the world. After working for a year and a half on the samples and getting the production/design right, we finally have a solid collection that we felt could well represent our entrance into this new and exciting market.   My love of shoes really started with sneakers. I remember before moving to Italy back […]