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March 31, 2020

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Purple Kiltie Monks by Paul Parkman

2019 showed us a lot of Purple shoes. As Instagram grows, and people’s closets do too, we found that purple shoes came around more so then than any time before. Once you get enough black’s, brown’s and burgundy’s in your wardrobe you start thinking about the other possibilities that can be achieved. It would appear that this happened to many, as my own brand did at least 5-10 purple MTO shoes in 2019. And I […]

March 12, 2020

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Promotions at J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Current Promotions! At my shoe company we have a lot going on (more still to come, of course) and don’t want you to lose track, so here’s a quick recap before your upcoming weekend! As always, bear in mind that we offer Paypal, Amazon Pay, and interest-free installments through Sezzle as payment options. The Boot Sale: 20% Off All RTW Core boots are on sale, with plenty of time still left in the season to […]

February 28, 2020

London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #2: Norman Vilalta

Our 2nd showcase is none other than my good friend, Norman Vilalta, one of the shoemakers I most respect in this industry. Norman is one of the only brands that has been with us for each year of the event and is always a favorite at the show, which comes as no surprise being that Norman always has new things on offer, great ideas and shoes that no one else does! Norman will surely have […]

February 10, 2020

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Crockett & Jones Cottesmore – A Suede Jodhpur Setting the Bar!

I have never believed that a boot needed to be worn only through the months of Autumn/Winter although this is how they are always marketed and sold. I can understand this if you live in a tropical climate for 100% of the year but for the rest of us city folk who even if we live in a hot place (like NYC in the Summer) often times spend a lot of our time in an […]

December 17, 2019

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The Purple Sock – The New Greatest

Simon Crompton of Permanent Style once wrote that the dark green sock was the perfect sock for versatility. And truth be told, he wasn’t completely wrong. A dark green sock pairs well with most combinations of shoes/trousers. But I do personally feel that one color (or spectrum of color might be more accurate) is actually more suitable to hold the title of ‘Most Versatile Sock’ and that is the vast spectrum of the purple/burgundy sock. […]

November 21, 2019

New Shoes on The Marketplace – Corthay’s at 40% off Retail

A very prestigious Atelier has started selling some of their odd’s and end’s stock on The Marketplace. They have decided to keep their true identity anonymous but have started by listing some of their Corthay models at quite a steep discount to what you find most Corthay shoes retailing for. And they are all brand new! The prices for the Corthay’s start at around $900 and offer Free Worldwide Shipping. For those of you in […]

November 12, 2019

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Indonesian Americana – Txture

Indonesia is making a lot of noise in the shoemaking scene as of late. There are so many brands, in fact, that it is hard to keep up with all of them. One that I recently discovered, thanks to Instagram, is Txture. They appear to specialize in an Americana style of shoemaking, and look, but with a touch of added flair through their use of bi-coloring, honey-colored lightweight platform soles, white stitching, and fringes. I […]

August 26, 2019

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J.FitzPatrick ‘End of Summer Sale’ – 2nd Markdown

  J.FitzPatrick Footwear is halfway through it’s End of Summer Sale now but this is where the stock starts going fast. Best to hop on the prices that are shown before your pair is gone, only to return much much later, if at all in the case of some models! In case you missed it, we received our re-stock and have a ton of our core models back in stock! Shop the Core Stock Sale Now […]

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 […]

June 20, 2019

The Best Rain Weather Shoe – Brown Suede with Rubber Sole

It is a myth that suede is not good for rain. This statement is only true when your suede is not of good quality. So clearly the person that created this worldwide myth was wearing poor quality shoes because the reality of it is that suede is THE BEST option to wear on rainy days. Allow me to explain why: Good suede doesn’t leave an indication that has it rained. I.e. it doesn’t leave water […]