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August 7, 2019

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Berluti Does It Again – Ruins Dress Shoes

It pains me to write these types of posts against Berluti as in reality they use to inspire me and have made some of the most beautiful shoes that I have ever seen. But again, maybe that extreme contrast between beauty and ugliness in their shoe production is what keeps me writing these posts, in the hopes that they will stop making these atrocities that can barely pass as shoes. I just don’t understand what […]

May 15, 2019

Salvatore Ferragamo Wholecut Oxfords – Gancini Line

We often forget that some of the brands that are now considered ‘designer’ brands started off as one of the greats and actually paved the way for many other brands to adapt to the making and follow suit. Ferragamo is one of those brands. While they make the majority of their money from blake stitched and/or glued footwear, the truth is that they can still make a very well made shoe. And that well-made shoe […]

February 6, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #2 – ALTAN BOTTIER

  To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE The 2nd shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2019 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that only now have they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of […]

September 4, 2018

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Burgundy Wholecuts by Altan Bottier

I have been saying it for years. There needs to be more burgundy wholecuts on the scene. Nice to see that someone has actually created a selection of them. None other than Altan Bottier who in famous for their beautiful wholecut model and all of the various patina’s that they give it. But here you finally have it in the shades of red/burgundy and I couldn’t be more pleased to see them. While not a huge […]

July 30, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear 2018 Summer Sale – 2nd Markdown, Up to 40% off!!!

It’s that time! Our 2nd markdown is here and we have some good offers so read carefully. Core Products — We have decided to mark these down at 20% off for the duration of the sale. This opportunity doesn’t come often so take advantage while you can. Some of our core products include the classic Magnolia oxford, the illustrious Laurelhurst loafer, the iconic Stefano saddle oxford and the famous denim Wedgwood boot. Seasonal Products — These will be going […]

July 19, 2018

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France for the Win – Altan Bottier Dedicates a Patina to France!

Growing up, playing soccer/football was my favorite thing in the world. To be honest, it still is although I am well out of shape and never really play anymore. But hey ho, that is another story. I can’t claim to say that the World Cup was exciting this year as, to be honest, because I think that the only bit of it that I actually watched was when I was eating lunch at a Mexican […]

Ricardo Bestetti’s Latest and Greatest!

We now live in a world with few words, thanks to the latest social media. So in honor of that, I will leave you with a bunch of pictures and little text. I hope that you all enjoy!   Justin, ‘The Shoe Snob’  

May 27, 2018

Discover The Whittier Wholecut Apron Oxford – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

In my younger days, I was never typically a fan of the derby model.  I am still not to be quite honest. My preference was always towards oxfords. So when creating my very first round of designs, the Whittier model was apart of that collection and I even had it made as a sample before the line launched. My goal was simple. To create an apron stitch shoe on an oxford. It was something that […]

May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

April 19, 2018

What’s In Your Shoe Closet vs. What Should Be In Your Shoe Closet?

For those of you who are just getting into dress shoes a question that you may ask yourself is ‘What do I need to make a well-rounded wardrobe?’ And it is a valid question too as there are a lot of options out there and knowing exactly what to get can be quite daunting, like when I have to pick a cloth for a MTM suit. The more options and availability the harder it can […]