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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 […]

March 14, 2018

London Super Trunk Show 2018 — Brand Highlight #6 — Mario Bemer

To read more about The London Super Trunk Show 2018, this April 7th, please CLICK HERE Mario Bemer started working for his brother Stefano’s company back in 1999. When Stefano Bemer passed away 2012, Mario went on and started his own brand. With him from Bemer came bespoke shoemaker Seiji Miyagawa, they now have built up a small workshop in Florence with some additional staff, and have a business making both bespoke there and RTW/MTO at […]

January 27, 2018

Online Purchases: EU vs Non EU – What’s the Difference?

With being able to grab your phone out of your pocket, make a few clicks and buy some product that is 10,000 miles away the world has become far more connected, but also a bit more confusing as international law and taxation have now become involved. And not everyone understands it. So allow me to explain what many have been confused by in the hopes to shed some light and make your shopping experience a […]

January 20, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Final Reductions – Up to 50% Off!

https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/ We have just entered into FINAL markdowns for our Winter Sale. Prices of up to 50% off full retail, where certain oxfords are as low as £170 ( £141.67 exVAT ~ $200) and some boots as low as £210 (ex VAT £175 ~ $250). Now is your chance before it’s too late, to pick up many of the models that we intend to get rid of and that won’t be coming back. Also, as we understand that some people would like […]

Pet Peeves in the Shoe Industry – The List – The First Ten

There are many things that happen in the shoe world that make this snob a bit crazy when I see it occurring. Some of it I feel is done from lack of education so want to list these things here with future posts to go in detail on each one. Two of them, I have already written about so will start with those. Enjoy and if you find yourself doing these things, think about it! […]

December 7, 2017

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The Best Shoe Photography – Stefano Bemer

Good photography is a hard thing to master. It may not seem like it but there are so many elements to it that make a good ‘shoe’ picture. One might first assume that lighting and a good camera is everything but more important than those two things is the ability to accentuate the shape of the shoe as this is what really makes or break the photo and the beauty of the shoe. Because no […]

September 15, 2017

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Crockett & Jones New A/W17 Collection

While Summer is still technically something we can claim for 6 more days, on a weather and style basis it is over, and many brands are now preparing and launching their products for the A/W season that is upon us. Crockett and Jones, as you can see here have added some new things to the mix, like that pair of roughed up blue chelsea boots, a v-shaped gore on the beetle boot, the new highlighted wing […]

August 25, 2017

J.FitzPatrick MTO Promotion – 50% Off MTO Fee

After having had a successful launch to our MTO program, and giving a good year of make-ups, we at J.FitzPatrick Footwear felt that it was finally time to offer a deal on our MTO program by knocking off 50% of the MTO fee from now until the end of Sept. Our MTO program is very flexible and there are many things that you can do within in, short of copying other models and/or creating a […]