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October 29, 2018

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The Braided Sneaker

There are two things that I have been enjoying lately: 1. Braided leather/suede shoes and 2. Sneakers. In my ripe age of 34, I feel that I am becoming quite rigid in my mentality of what I want to wear these days. While I am sitting and writing this, I have a pair of navy calfskin balmoral boots with black suede uppers but feel that going so bold is just not quite in me anymore. […]

October 12, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Sneakers Round 1 – Now Available!

Dear Supporters, Many of you are probably thinking, ‘what the heck happened with those sneakers?’. And that is a good question. These were supposed to be launched at the beginning of August and were on track to as well until we received all 430 pairs of the order. Without going into detail on what happened, I will say that I was not pleased with the majority of what I received and asked for a remake, […]

June 16, 2018

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Septieme Largeur – Spring/Summer 2018 Line Up!

Septieme Largeur has made a clear statement this Summer with their color scheme of Snuff suede, Bottle Green suede and what looks like Deep Red Suede. Quite the choice of colors. In some models it looks great, in others, well let’s just say that it would be a matter of taste. For example, I personally love the Green suede monks as well as the Deep Red Chukkas. Those just might be my favorites of the […]

June 6, 2018

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Adidas ‘Stan Smith’ – Patina Style! — Les Cireurs Parisiens

In the home of Patina, France (Paris to be exact), there is a group of gents, called Les Cireurs Parisiens, not only giving patina’s to any Joe’s shoes, but specializing in doing so on the classic Stan Smith shoe by Adidas. An iconic model without a doubt, the Stan Smith becomes immensely enhanced with a bit of unique coloring added to it. That is why these photos immediately caught my eye and interest. I always […]

May 24, 2018

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Aubercy Summer Sneakers – On Fire!

I am really loving Aubercy’s dress sneakers range, particularly the new colorways for SS2018. It’s not easy to make a dress sneaker, something sharp and elegant yet still a sneaker-like shoe. Because in reality, if you take away the connection of the cap to the facing, and make the facing a little bit smaller, this is essentially a dress shoe as it sports a traditional heel. Most don’t think about it but patterns of dress […]

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 […]