J. FitzPatrick Footwear are clearing out a number of models and have them on a 40-50% discount, making it possible for you to get your hands on these Spanish-made Goodyear welted shoes from only €150, which is quite a bargain.
Most people know about removable insoles, heel grips, tongue pads etc. to fix various fit issues, what some might not think about though is that if you go to a good cobbler you can have fix the same issues in an even nicer looking and better way. Here I highlight a number of fit modifications that cobblers can do. It’s very common that RTW shoes does not fit perfectly, but in many cases the modifications below can make it really good.
As most readers likely know by now I work for the shoe and shoe care retailer Skolyx, and one of our most popular shoe models lately are the Belgian loafers range from Yanko that we introduced last year. In conjunction with a restock of all models we sell we had a quick photo shoot session yesterday, where the pic above is from. There’s something quite attractive with a bunch of shoes laid out on a floor randomly.
If you are in the fortunate situation to be on the verge of ordering a first pair of bespoke shoes, there’s a lot of things that can help you in your way to achieve a good result. In this post I guide you through what to think about, both for traditional full bespoke and Made to Measure orders, but also if you do it over distance, which is increasingly common.
In today’s day and age we see a trend where brands “take home” a larger part of the sales and sell directly to consumers through their own stores and webshop, and cut back on retailers. It may seem clever and logic, since a larger part of the margin can be kept for the manufacturer, but one should not underestimate what having good retailers can bring to the table. Thoughts on this in today’s article.
Hear Leon Fan, one of the founders of the famous Chinese shoe store Medallion Shoes, about how they have worked to become so successful, and about things like the Chinese classic quality shoe market in general and about the increasingly interesting field of quality shoe brands and shoemakers coming out of China.
My latest acquisition is rather different from what I mostly wear, yet something rather intriguing, if you ask me. A pair of bespoke side seamed Wellington boots in Horween Chromexcel leather, where Swedish bespoke shoemaker Janne Melkersson of Melker Shoes & Boots have added a Scandinavian touch to a very traditional British model, and created a quite spectacular pair. Here’s lots of photos of both making and final pair.
With the pandemic having the world in its grip for over a year, making it tough for already well-established shoe brands out there, one have to admire – and give support to – the ones who actually set out to start a new brand at this stake. Today I highlight three highly interesting makers of handmade footwear that just started their own brands: Hung Shoemaker from Taiwan, Siroeno Yosui from Japan, and Mogada from Germany.
The famous British brand Crockett & Jones finally launched its own webstore today. A great website which makes their whole, impressive range of shoes easily accessible for everyone around the world – apart from EU citizens, who have to wait a bit longer.
Catella Shoemaker is the brand of bespoke shoemaker Daniel Wegan, previously head of the bespoke department at Gaziano & Girling and world champion in shoemaking in 2019. This is my first pair from his own venture, and as expected they are made to a superb standard. Here’s loads of photos of the shoes.