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J FitzPatrick Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by culverwood, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. shoelearner

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    Hi Justin, would like an untouched pic too, just sent you an email.

    Thanks !
     
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  2. The Shoe Snob

    The Shoe Snob Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    we have just launched a new offering on Massdrop for our Madison penny loafer, as you can see at the link below

    https://www.massdrop.com/buy/j-fitzpatrick-madison-loafers

    Going for only $249.99 which is a heck of a deal!

    Coming in sizes UK5-Uk12 with half sizes, widths in E & F (US D and EE)


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  3. doomx

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    @The Shoe Snob Any idea how the fit compares with Allen Edmond 5 last or Meermin Ron last?
     
  4. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    Those penny loafers look awesome!
     
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  5. The Shoe Snob

    The Shoe Snob Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    stick to the same size as your 5 last
     
  6. purpleporing

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    That's the one Park Avenue is on right?
    I'm guessing it can depend on model/last etc. but I'm wearing the Madrona today in LPB, and the 7.5e UK is fitting me far better than the 8.5d US allen edmonds that I normally wear
     
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  7. flvinny521

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  8. The Shoe Snob

    The Shoe Snob Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I imagine your foot is broader and the AE's that you have fit more snug? The TMG loafer fits more snug than LPB
     
  9. The Shoe Snob

    The Shoe Snob Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    our loafers fit more narrow. For example, I fit snug in my 6.5 oxfords and fit snug in my 7 loafers (both E width). And that is because the UK7 loafer is really a UK6.5 last. I did this because most men wear their shoes too big and when taking the same size in their loafer as they do their oxfords, they are usually flying right out of them. Therefore, I sized them down so that people stick with their typcial size and fit just right instead of having to size down (you tell some men to size down and they won't do so out of stubborness of not wanting to have 'smaller' feet).

    Therefore, if you are typically a US9.5, then yes, I would stick to the UK8.5 in our loafer. I hope that this helps.
     
  10. shoesforever

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    Hey Justin,
    I know that you keep striving to make your rtw line shoes better every day. For example by sourcing the best leather from different tanneries yourself and changing from celastic to leatherboard, which is pretty unique in this price class. Could you give som more insight into what other changes/improvements you have done since launching your rtw shoes?
     
  11. purpleporing

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    Yes this is true. Instep and width are problems for AE. I should probably go wide on AEs but I don't think I'm buying any more of them... keeping one pair of Park Avenues for nostalgia purposes but everything else I'll just wear out and replace eventually.

    By the way, Madrona MTO (yes, custom medallion that many on this site would disapprove of and no one would ever get)

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    One of my two favorite pairs of shoes right now (other being an Enzo Bonafe MTO) in terms of fit, comfort, and looks. I'll take everyone's word about the construction as I'm no expert in it. There are some extremely minor imperfections that I noticed after the first few days when I looked way closer but none of them affect daily wear or aesthetics.
     
  12. 007Bond

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    OK finally I can post.

    Received my Mercer boots from ebay this past Monday.

    The Black looked new the Burgundy new but tried on and walked in for sure.

    But really I wish they had come faster I could have taken them on vacation with me. The boots are once again fantastic and fit as if molded to my foot. What a great boot easy to wear all day long.

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  13. The Shoe Snob

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    well leather is first and foremost. Some of the leather I use is the most expensive in the industry i.e. weinheimer black and grain (used by G&G and other top firms), Ilcea Museum calf (used by John Lobb and many others) etc. What separates them and myself now is how much of a hide they will cut versus how much I will cut. They will use 1/3 of it, I will use all of it. Therefore the shoes are simply more expensive due to the wastage and the perfection of cut. So something that I am trying to do is cut the leather better. This is something historically the Spanish factories do not do as well as the English and Italian ones. I am trying to change that (at least for my factory).

    I am trying to implement toe taps added to every pair of leather soled shoes

    There are many small details that I do to try and enhance the shoe, processes in the shoemaking to make it more 'handgrade'.

    It's hard to write it all.
     
  14. shoesforever

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    Thanks for your kind reply, Justin. Always nice to hear something first hand and to know how a company might improve on their shoes over time. Toe taps included on the leather soles would be awesome. We have so much gravel here in Norway due to all the ice during winter and that really takes a toll on leather soles.
     
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  15. Butterfeet

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    While toe taps are welcome to someone like me who wears out the tips of the soles really quickly, I don't think it will receive universal acceptance, because it does make the shoes more slippery in my experience. Metal on floor generates little friction.

    Allowing the option to include it for free is absolutely welcome though :-D
     
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  16. The Shoe Snob

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    funny you say that as I have toe taps on all of my shoes and when it is wet I don't experience what you say. On the contrary, it helps to grip the concrete better whereas the leather, when soaking wet, makes me slip more. I know that some people won't want it but I feel that this is out of lack of knowledge and fear of misconceptions like that they scratch everything and make noise. Both false, unless of course, they are not affixed properly.
     
  17. LAluck5

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    I actually sometimes like the noise of the toe taps when I step down on a stair or hit the concrete wrong. Makes me feel like I'm playing baseball again and there are not many better sounds than metal cleats on concrete.

    I now get toe taps on all my shoes after reading Justin's blog and seeing my older shoes without them.
     
  18. Butterfeet

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    It feels more slippery when the floor is NOT wet though. Maybe it's just me.

    I agree they don't make noise though.
     
  19. MikeLMP

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    Hi Justin!

    I recently picked up a pair of your Wedgwood boots after seeing a post on Reddit, and I should say first off that they're incredible. The fit is spot on, the design is elegant, the stitching is immaculate, really every aspect of them impresses me. Due to my own apparent inability to read, however, I had thought that getting them with toe taps would make them un-returnable. I realize now that I was mistaken, and I'm regretting not having done so. I've worn them briefly out on some concrete and am noticing a bit of separation between the sole and what I assume to be the flap used in the closed channel construction. It's not bad, but I'd like to keep it from getting worse. Being a fellow Seattleite, I'm hoping you might be able to recommend a Seattle area cobbler who can install the flush toe taps I should have just had you guys put on. I've spoken to a few who can nail on those plastic boomerang style ones you're not a fan of, but have yet to find one who can do what you offer. Any suggestions? Regardless, the boots are spectacular and I'll absolutely be a customer again, as soon as my bank account can tolerate. Thanks!

    -Mike
     

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