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Swan Neck oxfords Archive

June 23, 2016

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Ramon Cuberta Swan Neck Oxford – True Beauty!

There are not too many saddle oxfords out there, but an even more underrepresented oxford is the swan neck oxford, which for me is among the most elegant of oxfords. It goes back to the whole idea of being afraid of what we are not used to, like dark blue, dark green or any color leather outside of oxblood, black and shades of brown. I actually find this shoe to be more elegant and formal […]

October 20, 2015

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Remember: Leather Creases….Plain and Simple

  This is just a reminder that to all of the newbies out there that think leather creasing means lack of quality, well you are mistaken. In fact, as I have said before, it is usually the highest quality leather and the one that fits you best that actually creases the most. Don’t ask me why as I don’t have the exact answer, but it just is. Just take this shoe for example. It is […]

September 22, 2015

Norman Vilalta Uniqueness

What I love about Norman Vilalta shoes is the fact that they are always something different aka unique. There is not much normality going on in his collection and I think it’s great. It’s had to start a brand only doing things that push the envelope and 90% of Norman’s collection does just that. And maybe that is the reason that he has done so well. I mean, who else is doing reverse patina on […]

March 3, 2015

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Norman Vilalta RTW and US Trunk Show Debut

After much anticipation Norman Vilalta is finally releasing his ready to wear brand at none other than Leffot of NYC, in the form of a trunk show. He will be doing so this March 5th and 6th at the illustrious New York City shoe shop and I can only say that I am happy for him. After having worked on this for a few years now and coming out with some very lovely and unique […]

December 5, 2014

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J.FitzPatrick A/W Shoes Now In Stock!

  The A/W stock to my footwear line, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, has finally arrived! For this season I have stepped out of the classic dress shoe type and finally realized a shoe that I have always wanted but had never found one that really struck me and that is the classic Alpine boot. Calling it the Snoqualmie and naming after a ski resort/mountain in Washington (my home state), the purpose of the design was to try […]

September 1, 2014

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John Lobb Paris Bespoke – A Cut Above

I have always liked John Lobb Paris, but if I am going to be really really honest, none of their shoes have ever really WOWED me. They make a beautifully well made shoes, and of course the museum calf selection is lovely, but as far as shoes that truly stand out from the rest, I think that they just have a derby model that is probably my favorite among all derbies. Otherwise at that pricepoint, […]