Many men who have interest in shoes probably know who is “The Shoe Snob” aka Justin Fitzpatrick. Last week while visiting London I decided to go and meet the guy and at the same time take one of my pairs to get some little “facelift”.
To put it shortly, after his entrepreneurship studies Justin packed his bags, headed to Italy and started to get trained as a shoemaker with famous Stefano Bemer in Florence. After a year of apprenticeship and hard learning of bespoke shoemaking the man headed to UK, started his own blog and got to set up a shoeshine stand at Gieves&Hawkes on Savile Row No. 1 in London. After two years of work and a lot of polishing, many ideas, designs and plans early this year 2013 Justin released the first range of his own footwear brand - labeled as J. Fitzpatrick Footwear.
Laurelhurst slip-on and saddle plain-toe Stefano featuring a nice mirror shine.
At his “stand” at Gieves&Hawkes Justin offers in general 4 different levels of shoeshine and care. According to him most of the clients usually wants the "military parade shine" which basically means few hours of work per pair but because of multiple polishing and drying phases will take couple of days from the point client drops off the shoes.
Unfortunately I had only limited time to spend in London so I this time settled for the "express buff". In case you wanna give the service a try, be fast as Justin is shortly moving out from Gieves&Hawkes to set his range available at Timothy Everest, another tailoring house located in London. He will also drop the shoe care services to be able to fully concentrate on the development of the range of his own.
Keep on reading to see more about the shoes.
This is definitely one of the most elegant tassel loafers I’ve seen and the key piece of the collection in my opinion.
Three-eyelet chukkaboot, comes with detachable fringes. A model to wear with either jeans or a suit.
Laurelhurst slip-on loafer in black box calf.
Details to show the unique material combinations on the backside of the slip-ons.
Justin has also launched his own range of shoecare products and based on personal experience these are top tier stuff. And colorful laces to spice up your footwear rotation.
This is what this man can do.
And this is what he did in just 5 minutes.
Read more about shoes and how to take care of them at The Shoe Snob Blog.