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September 5, 2019

MTO Promotion at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

MTO Promotion Month – 50% off the MTO fees! September is one of our MTO promotion months, at J.FitzPatrick Footwear, in which we offer you a discount on placing your MTO orders. You have the entire month to do so, so start thinking of what you want and get back to us. Here is a breakdown of the discount: An MTO for shoe model = Full Retail Price of model plus MTO fee of $125 (now […]

July 11, 2014

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The Ultimate Spectator by Gaziano & Girling

I have always loved the Astaire by Gaziano & Girling. It is easily my favorite model of theirs, especially when done on the DG70 last, which of course is my favorite last. Now, when you think of a traditional spectator (co-respondent) it is either going to be in your classic black and white combination or a brown and white of some sorts. The bottom line is that the color white is usually the color of […]

April 11, 2013

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Handstitched Uppers by Enrile

At first glance, you would never guess that this is actually a whole cut shoe. That’s the beauty of design and deception. All of this thick stitching you see was done by hand after the leather was already stitched together by machine at the top line (mouth of the shoe), down to the vamp point (where the laces end on the vamp), thus creating the illusion of a balmoral line, as well as the uniquely […]

December 14, 2012

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Spat Boots by Ed Et Al

We all know how much I love a spat boot, and these beauties are an amazingly fresh version within the spat boot arena, not only for the colors but for all of the brogueing that comes with it. Usually you find that spat boots come in simple cap or plain toe variations with little to no brogueing, but this number here (by Ed Et Al) breaks all of those norms and looks quite cool doing […]

December 11, 2012

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Meermin Single Monk MTO

Mark my words: “There will be a day when two toned (or multiple material) shoes are acceptable in all work places.” The more that factories come out with their own brands, the more that people like me write about and wear funky shoes and thus the more that people order MTO number’s that allow for color and/or material variation, the more that it will become a norm in society. I am happy about this, because […]

November 22, 2012

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Great Minds Think Alike — G&G Astaire MTO’s

When you think about all of the possibilities that one could produce with a made to order shoe, the amount of variations is undoubtedly in the millions, if not more, depending on how many factors are involved. That being, when I saw this pair of shoes, owned by Mr. Kevin Seah (bespoke suit maker out of Singapore), it instantly made me chuckle, as it reminded me of my own MTO by Gaziano & Girling and […]

November 14, 2012

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Why Care About The Shoe, When The Pillow Is Much Cooler?

One of the things that I hate spending money on, is decor. Maybe it’s because I am a man or something, but it just pains me to buy things that make my flat/kitchen/bathroom “look better.” Obviously I would rather buy a suit or a new pairs of shoes, or pretty much any article of clothing for that matter. But attempting to be a normal, rules-of-society following individual, one has to get those things that make […]

September 28, 2012

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Scarpe Di Bianco – An MTO Process….

A few years back a company named Scarpe Di Bianco came on to the scene, blowing the socks off of anyone who appreciated nice footwear. I remember the first time that I saw them (online) and thought to myself, ‘man, I would love to have all of these!’ Not only do they have an enormous collection, as far as styles go, but also make shoes in every single color that you could think of. A […]

August 27, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Spectators

Dear Readers, I am sorry but I won’t have enough time today to bust out my usual long Monday post, but I promise that I will do my best to get it out by tomorrow. Therefore, I am going to leave you with a bit of spectator shoe porn that should have you yearning to go get yourself a pair, or two! You see, the beauty of this type of shoe (with 3-5 different pieces […]

August 17, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Stefano Bemer Spectators MTO

Carrying on the subject of green in one’s attire (from yesterday’s post), are a pair of MTO Stefano Bemers that were originally made for a Japanese customer, that for some reason did not take them and ended up in the hands of one of my blog readers whom comes from my old stomping grounds of Firenze. The cool thing about this, in my opinion, is the fact that Stefano actually had leather of these two […]