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February 1, 2016

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Bettanin & Venturi Hand Welted Button Boots

I will admit that prior to visiting Pitti this year, I was not too crazy about Italian brand, Bettanin & Venturi. The reason being is that what they are originally know for, i.e. triple welt norvegese soles with twisted roped laces with tassels at the end, was for me a bit over the top. Especially the ones with square toed lasts. However, in recent years it would appear that the brand has taken a new […]

September 25, 2015

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JF Button Boots Now In Stock, Ready For Shipment

I realize that early this week, I said that it was going to be a week about Spanish shoemakers, but I guess that I was only telling a half truth. And while I may not be a Spanish brand, I guess I can get off a little with the fact that at least my shoes are made in Spain!! Well, the Button Boots have finally arrived (less 2 pairs that are delayed but in route) […]

September 11, 2015

News In The Shoe Industry

There are always new things going on and I feel like the way in which I write posts I can only get out so much in a week, so will hopefully now try and cover more in one post each week or every other in order to spread the news! So, here goes a list of what is going on. 1. Sussex Shoe Shop, who is an online retailer specializing in factory leftover shoes at […]

September 7, 2015

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J.FitzPatrick Button Boot Pre-Sale

The day that I think many of you have been waiting for is finally here. And that day represents the fact that my button boots that I have been working on for so long finally go live for pre-sale. Now let’s keep the fingers crossed and hope that they are received well (and even more important that they fit you all!). That being, let’s go through a bit of opinion and facts on them before […]

September 2, 2015

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Button Boots Nearly There!!

  After all of this time attempting to get my version of a Button Boot done, the day is nearly there and I am quite excited. I have just shined up these samples for photography and should have them go live as a pre-order sale on Mon/Tues the coming week. Then it will be another 2 weeks until I have the stock. That being, if you fancy a pair and want to make sure you […]

Aubercy’s Updated Button Boot – Lawrence II

  Aubercy has recently updated their classic button boot model, the Lawrence, by adding some sharper lines and dips to the balmoral feature of the boot. The new design is something quite unique to Aubercy and is a feature that they also had on one of their two toned oxford models that I had shown HERE way back when I visited them 3 years ago. Seeing it on the boot makes me appreciate the design […]

April 30, 2015

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The Updated Duck Boot

  A lot of my inspiration as a shoe designer comes from shoes that were not necessarily ever part of the dress shoe industry but that had a look that intrigued me. Considering that I am part of the “classic” side of the shoe world, I have always thought about how to ‘dress-up’ these long time rugged classics so that they could integrate into my world. First I did my ‘Snoqualmie’ Hiking Boot and since […]

February 17, 2015

More Boldness Getting Made

Maybe its just because I spend a lot of my time on Instagram but I am starting to see a lot of bold shoes these days made as MTO/Bespoke for clients and it’s quite refreshing. And its not so much bright colors or anything like that, but more two toned (even tonal) shoes, button shoes, multiple textured shoes and styles that are outside of your average oxford. For example, the Adelaide oxford is becoming more […]

February 3, 2015

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The Button Boot!!

Okay well it would appear that my prayers have been answered and what came from that is a button boot that is finally lasted and complete, after 3 years of prying my factory’s arm to get it done! But as they say, ‘good things come to those who wait!’ Now all I have to do is perfect it. Unfortunately stitching the button holes by hand wont be an option as there is no one around […]

January 20, 2015

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Kanpekina at Pitti Uomo 87

I have been wanting to see the Kanpekina brand in the flesh for a long time now and I finally stumbled upon them while at Pitti. To be quite frank, I was quite pleased and disappointed at the same time. The shoes were well made and lovely, but I was not crazy about the direction of this year’s theme of camouflage and pony hair. I hope that it was simply a seasonal choice and not […]