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Men’s Shoes Archive

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 […]

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 22, 2019

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Video Series: What is an Oxford

 Here I commence videos by The Shoe Snob. It’s all done by myself, so starting off as an amateur. But as I continue, they will get better. But at least the content is there for those that simply need knowledge! Thanks for watching! Justin FitzPatrick

July 8, 2019

New GMTO / Crowdfund Offerings by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  I have decided to offer something new as a regular feature at J.FitzPatrick Footwear. And that is a different monthly offering of GMTO / Crowdfund models. As we have made so many samples and MTO’s over the years that will most likely never go into production, adding this feature allows us to offer you all the chance at grabbing something unique at a RTW price. The only kicker is that 5 other people need to […]

Going Green with Aubercy

Parisian shoemaker, Aubercy, makes a very awesome shade of green leather. One that they in fact, use a ton and that I love to see. It’s a very deep, dark Emerald like green that is more vivid than most green shades out there. You don’t often find so many box calf skins in green (pre-dyed in the tannery) so what you tend to find is it being dyed after the fact on a crust leather. […]

June 17, 2019

Fit for a Prince! – Vass Alligator Monks with Patina

Patina is growing and growing quick and everywhere. And that is great! Regular people with day jobs are teaching themselves and therefore reviving their old shoes to look better. And more and more experts are popping out of the woodworks. One that has been on the scene for a while now but quickly making a grand name for himself is PJ Upadhyaya, who works Jaunty Flaneur of London. Here PJ teamed up with Ascot shoes […]

June 10, 2019

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What I’ve Learned – Shoes

Back when I used to read magazines, I used to love this section that Esquire did called ‘What I’ve Learned.’ For me, it was one of the more interesting reads in the magazine as it was one that actually shared real knowledge. More often than not, it was a seasoned gentleman sharing his wisdom as let’s face it, the reality is that we get wiser as we get older. Whether or not I agreed with […]