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April 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Sneaker Collection Pre-Order Now Live!!!

It’s been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived for us to show our new sneaker line to the world. After working for a year and a half on the samples and getting the production/design right, we finally have a solid collection that we felt could well represent our entrance into this new and exciting market.   My love of shoes really started with sneakers. I remember before moving to Italy back […]

November 22, 2017

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Sweyd Footwear – The New Trainers on the Block!

There is a new trainer company in town, hailing from Sweden and making some nice, Italian produced trainers in a very simple, classic and elegant derby pattern. They are called Sweyd Footwear. In the last few years, trainers have been gaining a lot of ground in the industry due Italian style and their fusion of dress. Many gentlemen these days are pairing chinos with a jacket and a pair of slim looking trainers underneath, tying it all […]

July 9, 2017

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Axel Arigato – The Future of Trainers

I have said it before and I might as well say it once more: my love for shoes all started with trainers. Naturally none of the brands that we have today were around during my youth so it was mainly Nike, Puma and Adidas and not the over designed rubbish of today but rather, the classics. But as my love for dress shoes came over me, my desire for trainers took a back seat. Now […]

June 5, 2017

My Trip to Florence

In my life I have been extremely fortunate to have traveled the world and even lived in some very beautiful places, one of them being Florence, Italy, from 2008-2009. And even though I left many years ago, a piece of my heart remains there in memory and nostalgia. Luckily in recent years I have been able to make an excuse to go back at least once a year by attending the ever growing menswear show, […]

July 15, 2016

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Belgian Loafers Everywhere!

The smart casual world has blown up as of recent and in my opinion greatly with the help of Instagram. And many of the brands associated with this world are Italian ones that are fusing classic dress shoes models with casual soles. And the popular model that many of them share as a product offering is none other then the wonderful Belgian loafer. As seen here, the brand Superglamorous offer their version in 3 different […]

July 13, 2016

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My Love For Trainers Creeps Back With These Asics!

I know that most of you come here to see dress shoes but every now and then I have to pay tribute to the type of footwear that gave me my passion, and that is trainers. Most recently I stumbled upon this exclusive collaboration between Asics x Reigning Champ and I was really impressed by how cool they made a pair of Asics look (I was never a fan of them while younger, always Nike). […]

May 4, 2016

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Bowling Style Trainers by Crockett & Jones

I have a love/hate relationship with the bowling style smart trainer that many high end makers tend to make for the ‘sneaker’ like model. Usually you see it in the common black and tan offerings but what really caught me off guard this time around was the beautiful blue leather that Crockett & Jones sourced and used for this new trainer of theirs. It’s the type of blue that really can’t be mistaken for any […]

April 5, 2016

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From Dreams to Reality – Christian Kimber Shop

It is quite amazing to see someone progress, especially when it is someone you know personally. I remember when first meeting Christian Kimber and becoming friends, we had these chats about starting a shoe line, possibly together even, but then he went and moved off to Australia. But everything happens for a reason and I can see now that Christian and I in reality had very different directions of shoe design in mind so we […]

August 17, 2015

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Christian Kimber – The New Collection

I always love watching the progression of someone who has a goal in mind and is trying to achieve that goal. Most probably like how many of you have watched me go from shoe shine boy to shoe company owner and blogger. And Christian Kimber is one of those people that I have enjoyed watching progress, not only for turning into a footwear designer but also for his role as a major player in the […]

May 21, 2015

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Thorocraft Sneakers – For Grown Ups

  The thing about me is that my love of shoes started from trainers. I used to have every Nike there ever was. At one point, I must have had about +30 Nikes, 7 or so Converse, 6 Vans, 5 Sperry boat shoes and a number of Adidas and Puma. Now, I have given about 95% of those away, stick with my Superga’s and a few things here and there for lazy Sunday’s. But I […]