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post #211 of 301

Please don't tell me this pair was available at the sale! I feel bad already for missing it, just couldn't find the time to get there...

 

 

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Originally Posted by tomrakewell View Post
 

This is what I managed to get from Justin yesterday. Thanks, Justin. It was great to meet you again ...

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Originally Posted by davesmith View Post

Please don't tell me this pair was available at the sale!
I'm afraid it was. Slight blemish, hardly noticeable when worn. Really glad I went on Thursday morning ...
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Originally Posted by tomrakewell View Post


I'm afraid it was. Slight blemish, hardly noticeable when worn. Really glad I went on Thursday morning ...

 

Just sent him an email.. Hopefully he has a pair (or two) for me.

post #214 of 301
I have been a ghost reader on this blog for a number of year but never actually posted. I think it's because I have never really had anything worthwhile to say that hasn't already been said or discussed 100 times before. However reading through this thread the other week I thought it would be good to post my own personal review of Justin Fitzpatrick shoes. I am not going to write about the design or last shapes because this has already been discussed but I wanted to talk about the quality, as I know some will have reservations, especially as they are not made by a "known" factory.

There have been many comments about Justin's shoes some good some bad but one of the issues with a new brand, especially in higher end mens footwear it how they wear and last. Which is why I wanted to write this review..

I have 2 pairs, a Wallingford which I purchased pretty much from launch. Also a brown suede greenwood which I purchased about 6 months ago.

I have to say first I have met justin on many many occasions and do love just popping by to have a chat and a nose at the collection (it's a bit harder now he is at T.E but not impossible) but I will put all personal opinions (they are good ones!) aside for this post.

My Wallingfords are looking great 1 year on. Now I have to be the first to admit.. I bought the wrong size for my taste now. I used to like my shoes not so tight. And loved wearing the likes of C&J for fit. I now tend to prefer a much tighter narrower fit. (More on sizing later) so the look of the worn shoe with the deep creasing is not reflective of the quality. I also have a fairly shallow toe area, but a normal-ish instep/ lacing area which leaves a lot of space above the toes creating more deep creasing. This is not anything to do with the quality of these shoes, my C&J ones are exactly the same.

The leather of the shoes has held up wonderfully, and is rather supple, and has been comftable from day one. The leather also takes a shine beautifully and even in a short number of polishes starts taking a lovely patina, much sooner than other brands in this pricing.

I am also going to mention one other thing that no one else seems to. The sole. The soles on these shoes really last. I have worn these once a week for nearly a year and they are still barley worn and the toe area which I normally need tips for had hardly worn down at all. I anticipate thse soles outlasting many many others. My cheaney Made jeffery west needed re soling after 18 months of similar wear. On that point j.west and standard cheaney shoes maybe uk made and slightly lower price but some of the finishing in places is just not at as high standard as Justin's. They have poor heel finishing, some loose stitches and some unsightly leather wrinkles even though they do it on lasted trees

I mentioned sizing. Well I recently bought another pair as shown below. Suede greenwoods. I sized down to a 8 on these and they are perfect. Took a little longer to break in but they fit like a dream. My advice- if you wear C&J, cheaney, loake barker. Stick with that size. If you like the fit on g&g and edward green (cannot comment on lobb I have none.) size down.

I think it's only fair to add some cons to the mix. In both pairs the sock has started coming away. I think the glue to hold them in must not be that strong. I have had this with one pair of crocketts in the past, it's probably to do with how I take them off. But still a niggle. The other is I do wish on my Wallingfords the welt was slightly tighter. Slightly closer would look much better, and more elegant. I don't notice this on my suede greenwoods however.

On a more personal option on the brand I am a big fan. Yes it would be nice if they was made in England, not from a quality issue but from a personal liking of supporting English manufacturing. But that is never going to stop be buying Justin's shoes. I walk into some stores now and although some that are catching up there is not a brand that is constantly pushing new options for shoe lovers (Outside the ££££ price bracket) I hope to add more to my closet in years to come. I love the loafers, both options and the new brogue on the chisel last which I expect to be the next acquisitions when I can.

Not everyone is going to be a fan of the models, ( the same goes for all companies, that's why we get a choice) but if you are but you worried about investing in the "unknown" I hope my first post has been useful in showing the quality in the long term.
post #215 of 301
Thread Starter 
Adam

Not many first posts are as articulate as yours.

Welcome.
post #216 of 301

Thanks for the review Adam - enjoyable and informative.

post #217 of 301
The sample sale leftovers are now available online. Please see the post that I wrote about it on the blog to understand more about it with the link to the website within the post

http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2014/08/sample-sale-leftovers-for-j-fitzpatrick.html

Happy Shopping!

Justin
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Originally Posted by Handmadeshoes View Post

The sample sale leftovers are now available online. Please see the post that I wrote about it on the blog to understand more about it with the link to the website within the post

http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2014/08/sample-sale-leftovers-for-j-fitzpatrick.html

Happy Shopping!

Justin

 

   what's the size conversion from US sizing - one full size down ?

   I'm normally a 9.5 or 10.0 E in G&G loafers as an example

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Originally Posted by SoGent View Post

   what's the size conversion from US sizing - one full size down ?
   I'm normally a 9.5 or 10.0 E in G&G loafers as an example

I am half size off from G&G and yes, one size down from US. For example, if you are US10, then you would take my UK9. And if you are a UK10E in G&G, then you would be my UK9.5
post #220 of 301

Hi Justin,

The Merlot Tony model is unless my eyes totally deceive me, green in the picture! What colour is the shoe that's for sale?

 

Thanks,

OJ

post #221 of 301
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Originally Posted by Handmadeshoes View Post


I am half size off from G&G and yes, one size down from US. For example, if you are US10, then you would take my UK9. And if you are a UK10E in G&G, then you would be my UK9.5

 

   thanks, you'll have one less pair shortly

post #222 of 301
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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

Hi Justin,
The Merlot Tony model is unless my eyes totally deceive me, green in the picture! What colour is the shoe that's for sale?

Thanks,
OJ

Good spot!! That is indeed green (the shoe for sale) and for some reason was listed as the Merlot...sorry for the confusion!

Justin
post #223 of 301

I've been looking for some suede shoes for a while, just pulled the trigger on these:

 

http://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/products/greenwood-dark-brown-suede-sample#.U_9DsvldUk1

 

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post #224 of 301
Awesome deals. Would have bought 1 of everything in size 6.
post #225 of 301

@NickInTO Do you think that shoe is too formal to go with khakis? Might pull the trigger on it myself.

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