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Patina Archive

March 17, 2020

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Cool Museum Patina by CNES Shoemaker

I found a really cool photo on Facebook of the rough patina process (when I say rough, I mean minimal steps shown) courtesy of one of the workers of CNES Shoemaker. Vietnamese shoemaker, CNES shoemaker, has been coming out with some exciting stuff lately and this just adds to the excitement. I only wished they took this one step further and showed a picture with the patinating of this same shoe in as many colors […]

February 26, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #1: Altan Bottier

The 1st shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2020 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that in 2019 they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of Paris. They were supposed to come to the show last year but unfortunately due to strikes in the […]

January 6, 2020

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Wine Pigment Patina by Meccariello

Italian shoemaker Antonio Meccariello, of Napoli, has recently created a very cool museum effect of his own with his “wine-pigment” patinas as shown on some of his latest creations on Instagram. You find the majority if this work done of the waists of his shoe’s soles but it would also appear that he sometimes does it on the upper as well. I can imagine this being a very popular request by his customers as it […]

December 18, 2019

American Patina x J.FitzPatrick Offering

In light of the success of our first run of the Patina Project shoes at J.FitzPatrick Footwear, in association with American Patina ( at IG @american__patina), we are running the offering again. This time we are only offering just the Tony II and Whittier models to be given a patina to. Each model has 4 set patinas to choose from, as you can see. However, as this is a Pre-Order, we have decided to up […]

December 13, 2019

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Hancore – Your NYC Patina Artist

There are plenty of people in the US that want patina shoes. I am sure that Dandy Shoe Care’s largest client base is the USA. Yet there not have been so many patina artists stepping to plate and really becoming the US version of Dandy Shoe Care. And maybe because it is hard to beat DSC’s skills as one of the masters of the industry so people are willing to spend a ton of money […]

September 18, 2019

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Septieme Largeur Expands to Taiwan

Septieme Largeur has recently expanded its operations to Taiwan in order to further grow its brand in the Southeast Asia region. And the work/patina’s being produced in the Taiwan shop are phenomenal, as you can clearly see in this post. There has been a huge surge in the demand for high quality shoes in Asia and it is quite amazing to see how the idea of quality is shifting to include Asian manufacturers and not […]

September 10, 2019

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Camouflage Sneakers by Altan Bottier

Normally I am not a fan of Camouflage clothing. I can appreciate it but I wouldn’t typically dream of wearing it. These camouflage sneakers by Altan Bottier, however, are next level. As they blend the idea of patina with camouflage, you get a very different outcome than your typical camouflage rendition of the camo look. The darkened nature of the trimming of the shoe allows for a softer Camo look and that is what I […]

August 30, 2019

Sartor Polishing – Your London Spruce Up on Crockett & Jones Shoes

One of Crockett & Jones’ employees, Bismark Walter, has taken it upon himself to become a master of the brushes and learn mirror polishing and patina in order to add an extra value service to the Jermyn St. shop of Crockett & Jones in London. He has apparently built quite the reputation and customer following as his Instagram account is filled with beautiful shoes and polish/patina jobs. You can see a couple of them here. […]

June 17, 2019

Fit for a Prince! – Vass Alligator Monks with Patina

Patina is growing and growing quick and everywhere. And that is great! Regular people with day jobs are teaching themselves and therefore reviving their old shoes to look better. And more and more experts are popping out of the woodworks. One that has been on the scene for a while now but quickly making a grand name for himself is PJ Upadhyaya, who works Jaunty Flaneur of London. Here PJ teamed up with Ascot shoes […]

June 12, 2019

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Most Interesting Brands Today – The First 5

Altan Parisian shoemakers, Altan Bottier, have been coming out with some real interesting stuff lately. Their designs are uniquely bold. Their patinas are traditonally French and super cool. Their last shapes are sharp and elegant. And their Instagram account is filled daily with incredible shoe offerings that never cease to impress. Most notable, for me, are the wholecut oxfords that come in Calf, Patent and Suede, all in incredible patinas in any color you can […]