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September 6, 2018

New GMTO’s by J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  We are happy to launch our second round of GMTOs for 2018 with some really interesting and exciting new models / colorways. Trying to always push the boundaries of classic footwear sprinkled with a bit of modern touch we hope that you enjoy our new selection. We have added some brand new things to this round of GMTOs including our new ‘Tanker Shoe’ the Silverdale on our new SES last. We have also gone bold with […]

August 31, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear – 30% Off Pre-Order Sale – Last Weekend!

  It is the final days of our Pre-Order Sale Period where you can get 30% off the retail price on all of the old Seasonal Models that we will no longer be stocking from this point forward. Remember that after this sale period, to order these same shoes will incur an added MTO fee and a 3-4 month wait period. A Pre-Order Sale shoe is something that you are getting at a discounted rate in exchange […]

August 23, 2018

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Bontoni – Single Monkstrap Done Differently

I have never been a huge fan of the traditional single monkstrap that sweeps across the instep, having a huge buckle and thick strap leather. It always reminded me of some shoe from Old England that Friar Tuck would have worn. Not to mention the way that it sweeps across from left to right (or vice versa) without any angle to it (think Churchs famous model). It always just looked really ugly to me. This […]

July 11, 2018

A Solid Line Up – A Personal Collection of Carmina Shoes

A pretty solid line up here shown by @armandomadrid of Instagram. This is just of his Carmina collection which is quite impressive really for having just one brand in 10 pairs of shoes. Very loyal which I am sure Carmina is happy about as I know that I love it when my clients are like that with me. If I had to critique it, I would say that only one thing is truly missing and […]

Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

June 25, 2018

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Antonio De Torres – Unique Chelsea Boots!

Antonio de Torres has some very unique models these days and one that caught my eye was his interpretation of a chelsea boot mixed with a monkstrap. I hadn’t really seen something like this before outside of high fashion brands so it was interesting to see this on a quality maker doing things very differently. And of course, while the monkstrap appears as non-functional it poses a feeling completely different to your typical chelsea boot. I can […]

June 16, 2018

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Septieme Largeur – Spring/Summer 2018 Line Up!

Septieme Largeur has made a clear statement this Summer with their color scheme of Snuff suede, Bottle Green suede and what looks like Deep Red Suede. Quite the choice of colors. In some models it looks great, in others, well let’s just say that it would be a matter of taste. For example, I personally love the Green suede monks as well as the Deep Red Chukkas. Those just might be my favorites of the […]

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 […]

April 11, 2018

Bestetti Double Monk Done Differently

  The double monk came on the scene a few years back and hit it hard in popularity. The problem is that everyone did the same model and every brand’s version looked nearly identical. It was actually kind of funny how almost no one thought to do it differently until in reality, the popularity of the double monk fell off a bit. Now it is just a classic model that you either buy because you […]

March 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S18 Collection — Pre-Sale

It just became Spring and while in some places it is still snowing, in many others the beautiful sun has started to finally show itself after what felt like a long Winter. And of course with the beautiful weather we hope to feel in the Spring, comes beautiful shoes to accompany such sunshine, shoes that tend to be a bit more fun, less serious, full of color and just outright cool. And with our new […]