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October 5, 2016

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J.FitzPatrick A/W Stock Round One Now In + Updates

We have just received the first round of about half of our A/W ’16 collection that is all coming within the month of October. First and foremost, we received the stock of our 5 new colorways in the Westlake button boot. You will notice however that certain sizes are already missing. That is due to the fact that we pre-sold this boot about a month ago and certain things went quick so we had to […]

September 2, 2016

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A Trip To Aubercy – Part 1 – Ready To Wear/MTO

***Post Originally written in 2012, re-posted for inspiration and for those of you that have yet to see it or experience Aubercy shoes**** For some time now, I have been very curious to know more about Aubercy shoes, to touch them, feel their leather, try them on and understand what makes them great. Just recently I had been in contact with the CEO, Xavier Aubercy, and had told him that the next time that I […]

August 29, 2016

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The Shoe Snob/J.FitzPatrick Updates for A/W

Dear Readers, Lots has been going on with the TSS/JF team as of late from Summer Sales, to new collections coming in, to dropping old ones, to price changes from Brexit (i.e. GBP drop) as well as my factory raising the prices per model this year and many more. So I wanted to list them all out for you in order to be prepared for it all. Summer Sale Ends Today: Today is the last […]

July 7, 2016

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Spats – A Victorian Accessory

With my fascination of shoes/boots with buttons on them, it should be no surprise to anyone that I am also someone that appreciates the old spat accessory that was so often used in the Edwardian/Victorian eras. But even though I do like them, I don’t often find myself wearing them. Come to think about it though, it is most probably because they are tucked away in my scarf box, only to be seen or thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 2, 2015

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Welcome to 2015! It’s Now “The Future”

  I remember watching movies in the 90’s that were set in the future and 2015 being a somewhat common date which truly marked the idea of “The Future.” It looked like the Jetson’s in all of the films with hovering cars, futuristic-looking jumpsuits as everyday clothing and of course the most horrific footwear ever. Thankfully it still looks like the 90’s as far as urban planning goes, only that are buildings are a bit […]

May 6, 2013

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Kanpekina aka Perfetto — Japanese Greatness at it’s absolue FINEST!!!

The more the days go by, the more I feel that Japan might quickly be becoming the mecca for fine footwear and amazing shoemakers. It is known that when the Japanese culture takes ahold of something, whether it be blades, yo-yo-ing, technology or shoemaking, that once they go for it and immerse their culture into it, they don’t stop until it is perfected and they become the best at doing it. Kanperkina/Perfetto is proof of […]

December 14, 2012

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Spat Boots by Ed Et Al

We all know how much I love a spat boot, and these beauties are an amazingly fresh version within the spat boot arena, not only for the colors but for all of the brogueing that comes with it. Usually you find that spat boots come in simple cap or plain toe variations with little to no brogueing, but this number here (by Ed Et Al) breaks all of those norms and looks quite cool doing […]

November 16, 2012

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Carreducker Spat Boots – Lovely!!

There is no shoe model more beautiful than a spat boot, not even my beloved saddle shoe. Everything about them is so elegant and amazing, yet it’s probably the hardest shoe model to come by. Clearly the reason being two: the pattern is tough to make, and the buttons are hard to affix without a special button hook, which makes it quite an impractical shoe for a RTW collection. But I say to the heck […]