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Penny Loafers Archive

June 18, 2020

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Cashmere Nubuck Alligator Loafers – Altan

I was never a huge fan of exotic leather, not at least when the entire shoe was made of exotic leather. I liked when little snippets of the pattern had exotic leather. Like a facing, a vamp, or cap and counter etc. But entire exotic leather made shoes, for me, where a lot a swallow. But in recent years, this rise of suede exotic leather has risen and this I am a huge fan of. […]

June 16, 2020

New Patina Service – In NYC

Big things are in the works at my brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear and they are all about to come to light once we are able to start resuming regular trade, which will hopefully be in the next week or two. In the background of the pandemic, we have been building our new shop in NYC, Soho to be exact. And within that new shop is a new service. A patina and shoe shine service. But this […]

May 4, 2020

German Bespoke Shoemaker – Atelier Leonard Kahlcke

I love discovering new shoemakers. I love even more seeing new shoe designs though. Blend the two and it becomes a very exciting thing. German Bespoke shoemaker, Atelier Leonard Kahlcke is someone new to me and coming out with some very cool shoes. This penny loafer particularly caught my eye as something truly unique yet not overly crazy. A simple idea that is profoundly different and allows a lot of playfulness in the final product. […]

September 17, 2019

Paul Parkman – A Shoe Review

Shoes made out of Turkey has become another population destination for intricate shoe design and construction, as these Turkish factories offer everything under the sun. Paul Parkman was one of the original brands to come out with Turkish made shoes and have done a great job at creating a very sought after brand for those that like shoes on the more bold side of things. Paul Parkman was kind enough to send me a shoe […]

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. […]

April 16, 2019

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The Two Tone Penny Loafer

People often think of conservatism when they think of British rules of dress. And truth be told, there are very strict rules and ideas of the way “one should be” and this ideology runs deep in British culture which dips into their sense of dress. But for a while now there has also been a strong opposition or rebellion to this ideology, especially in the way of dressing. The red dress sock, so often seen […]

October 17, 2018

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Penny Loafers – Classic Round Toe or Modern Elongated Toe?

The penny loafer is the most classic style of loafer there is. And probably my least favorite as I personally prefer a butterfly or wholecut version. But I am not the end all be all as most of the world still loves a good ‘ol fashioned Penny strap version. But the question now is which version is more preferred by the people: the classic round last or the modern elongated toe? I have always preferred […]

July 23, 2018

New Fresco Range by Gaziano & Girling

Gaziano & Girling has recently launched a new Summer Range of ‘fresco’ shoes. As the name would entail, these shoes are meant to be something more ‘lightweight and flexible’ compared to the standard welted range that you typically get from British shoemakers. It is like a touch of Italian soft shoulder on the standard structured English cut. And what they came up with is the Capri: A classic penny loafer with an elongated toe on […]

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 […]

June 8, 2018

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Löf & Tung’s New Loafers

Skoaktiebolaget’s house brand, Löf & Tung, has just launched some new loafers for the Summer. Two are classic leather loafers that really don’t do it for me in an exciting way, but I love the suede versions. I have always been a fan of the braided tassel loafer, and the dark brown suede version is a must-have for any man that likes a classic yet still not too common tassel loafer. I have also really been […]