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November 12, 2018

The Medallion King – Hiro Yanamigachi

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 19, 2018

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The Saddle Oxford done Differently

The more that I see this model by Stephane Jimenez the more that I appreciate it. He basically blended a saddle oxford with a swan neck and really took shoe design to another level. And its funny because changes like this are really quite simple yet no one ever does them. All too often to oxfords look the same and its really quite boring. So seeing something somewhat different like this is always appreciated, at […]

October 10, 2018

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Color Coordination

Color coordination is not as easy as it would seem. There is a fine line between doing it just right and going overboard and thus standing out in a bad way. This image represents one of those bold, fine line situations but done just right to be well executed. And when it come sto tan shoes and navy it becomes a fight line. But what I like about this combo is the fact that the […]

October 5, 2018

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The Stripped Patina by Yim Shoemaker

I am not going to lie and say that this shoe by Yim Shoemaker out of China, is the most practical shoe or style of patina but when I saw this picture I fell in love with it. First, I am really admiring adelaides these days. Secondly, the pattern + last combo is outrageously well done and beautiful. And finally, it is simply super frickin’ unique and just outright cool in my humble opinion. I […]

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Oxford – By Hiro Yanagimachi

I am really loving adelaides these days and I think that many others are too. I see them often on social media and find myself nearly always attracted to them. The details about separating the facing as its own piece and not something that follows the line of the quarter, really makes it more appealing for me. I have a pair classic cap toe oxfords, but if I am going to be honest, they are really […]

September 28, 2018

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Corthay NYC

  I was visiting the recent Corthay trunk show at Leffot and saw lots of new things on the table and collection at Corthay which was nice as I felt that they were slow to bring out new collections. And apparently they have a new US distribution and Showroom here in NYC in the hopes to vamp up the brand. Head of this operation is Randy Ferdergreen and it will be exciting to see the […]

September 26, 2018

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Winson Shoemaker – Indonesia’s Finest

Asia is all of the rage these days for quality shoemaking. They have impressive bespoke makers coming from mainland China and Singapore, and RTW makers on par with many European factories coming out of SE Asia, specifically Taiwan and now Indonesia. The latest ones that I have come to discover, are Winson Shoemaker out of Indonesia who seem to make a very well made welted shoe (not sure if Goodyear or Hand). Curious to see where else […]

September 22, 2018

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Fall Wardrobe Giveaway — $4000 prize

Fall Wardrobe Giveaway Click below to enter for a chance to win a newfall wardrobe! The Hanger Project, Beckett & Robb, Frank Clegg, J. FitzPatrick and ShoeGazing have partnered together to offer this amazing prize that contains everything you need to jump into fall. 2 more days left to enter! PRIZES INCLUDE:         Beckett & Robb MTM Two-Piece Suit       $1,750          Frank Clegg Leather Briefcase           […]

September 14, 2018

Last Days of GMTO – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

  There are just 3days left to take advantage of our current GMTO offers. All models are close to hitting the 6 mark to ensure they are made with the appealing 20% discount so now is your chance to take advantage of this offer. Other things to remember are that we offer from UK5 – UK12 with half sizes in between but also in our standard ‘E’ width and wider ‘F’ width. Things to Remember […]

August 20, 2018

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Simple is Beautiful – Stephane Jimenez

Sometimes the best pair of shoes is a simple pair of shoes. When I say simple, I mean a simple pattern, style, cut etc. But nothing is more boring than a flat and lifeless color so the way the shoe looks in terms of leather style/choice/color is very important. And that is preciously what attracted me to this exquisite pair of bespoke oxfords by Stephane Jimenez, of France. I am a pure sucker for a […]