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February 1, 2019

Ducal Firenze – Exciting Italian Creativity

While I am on the subject of impressive makers, one of my favorite Italian shoemakers that has gone under the radar for far too long, is Ducal Firenze.  I remember discovering them at Pitti Uomo Summer of 2014 (crazy how time flies as that feels like yesterday that I was there!) and being blown away by this shoemaker in an unassuming stall amongst the masses found at this trade show. I wrote a post about […]

January 18, 2019

2nd Markdown Now Live – J.FitzPatrick Footwear AW18 Sale

It’s that time that we make our 2nd markdown and that is now live. What was at 30% off is now at 40% off. All core models and sneakers have stayed at 20% off and new A/W models are still at 10% off. Remember that there won’t be another discount on core products until Summer so now is your chance to pick up our classic models! Getting the 40% off discount is solely for in-stock products though […]

January 16, 2019

Fusing Dress + Casual = Septieme Largeur

The traditional dress shoe is a harder and harder sell these days. People don’t want leather soles, they ‘want to be comfortable.’ People can rock up to work in their jeans nowadays. And this is a corporate job we are talking about. Most guys want to thus wear something more casual due to this. Why wear a dress shoe when you can go casual? This is what they ask themselves. Sometimes, being ‘The Shoe Snob,’ I […]

January 12, 2019

Discontinuing Models at 30% off – #3 The Leavenworth

The 3rd shoe being highlighted in our Discontinuing Models series is none other than our Leavenworth Ghillie brogue in the Dark Museum Calf and Snuff Suede on the SEA last. This is actually one of my favorite models in the collection. I find that it looks good with almost anything, literally. It’s smart enough to wear with a flannel suit for Winter but also not so stuffy that you can’t pair it with a nice set […]

January 10, 2019

Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird – Another Spanish Shoemaker

There are a group of shoemakers in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, named Cuervo Cobblerblack Bird. They have been banded together since 2006. But only thanks to Instagram, have I recently discovered their existence and wished to share it all with you. I remember when I used to think that Barcelona really only had like 2 bespoke shoemakers, but as time goes on, as does the internet, I am seeing that it is a haven […]

December 20, 2018

Unique Derby Design by TYE Shoemaker

I love to look at TYE Shoemaker’s Instagram account as I am pretty always pleasantly surprised to see new shoe ideas and designs. They don’t post often but when they post, it counts. Here is a new line to a derby pattern that I have never seen before. And one that actually makes me appreciate the derby, which is probably my least favorite shoe model. The way this new line flows from the derby facing […]

November 16, 2018

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Massdrop x J.FitzPatrick Footwear – Genesee in 7 Colorways

Dear All, We have linked up with online vendor Massdrop for an exclusive event on our Genesee jodhpur boot at an unbeatable price of $299 USD. They are offering it in 7 colorways with the choice of a Double Leather Sole or the Double City Rubber Sole. This is like getting MTO not only without the fee but at an incredible discount on top! The event went live today and lasts until Nov 22nd. Don’t […]

November 14, 2018

Yeossal – New Singaporean Multi Brand Shoe Store

There is a new shoe shop in town. When I say “in town,” well now that the world is only a couple of clicks away and shipping is virtually free everywhere, it’s just like having it around the corner as in reality it is based in Singapore. The shop in question is called Yeossal and currently stocks TLB Mallorca, Corno Blu (of Japan) and Antonio Meccariello. While the West is slowing down in multi-brand shoe shops […]

November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanagimachi

I love these photos by Hiro Yanagimachi where he shows his magic in these 3×3 grids. As you can guess from the above and below, I am particularly fond of the medallion ones as I have always had a fascination with medallions and seeing people’s creativity come out in them. Medallions are probably the hardest thing about shoemaking. Let me rephrase that. Medallions are probably the hardest thing in shoemaking for one to completely get right. […]

October 26, 2018

Last Weekend of PreSale A/W18 Collection – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

My shoe brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, is in the final weekend of it’s Autumn/Winter 2018 PreSale. If you happen to like any of the models coming and wish to get a discount on them, these last 3 days are your final opportunity. Those Snoqualmie boots are going to be a great asset when the harsh weather comes! A note to all that care about paying shipping expenses, even at 10% off, all but the Kent still qualify […]