J.FitzPatrick Shilshole in open range
Justin FitzPatrick is not a shoemaker. Justin is a guys who designs and sells shoes. He doesn’t say that he makes them in a place in some town you cannot verify, he doesn’t say he makes them manually, he doesn’t use exotic leathers of dubious origin at calf price and doesn’t pretend that the quality of his shoes rivals with that of Edward Green. This is a thing that, in a world that sells more ideas than products, is exceptional.
He communicates very well with potential buyers, explains very well why he makes the choices that he makes, he admits his week points, knows very well the market, and, the most important, every new collection is a step forward. His shoes are like living beings, they constantly evolve. It’s amazing how well he resonates with the market demand.
He has a good market adaptability, the last U-cap model like Medina presenting himself in an excellent manner. He even has the audacity to propose RTW fabric and leather boots like the Wedgwood or loafers like Madison. For the S/S 2015 collection Freemont II in antique brown, Leschi tassel loafer or Rainier II in shaded merlot calf are among my favorites.
What more could one wish from a new collection? Browsing his collection I thought about the efforts made for developing JF Footware without a strong backup and support. Many will comment that this article is eulogistic. They are right. Justin deserves to be praised for his dedication. Maybe his shoes are not the best, but I prefer to buy a shoe with “a soul” than the product of a brand.
These some raw photos of Shilshole Chukka Boot with Fringes Attached (Dark Brown Suede) on JKF last, a boot that is no more available I think. Similar models can be found at Gaziano&Girling – Arran or John Lobb – Loxton but at a considerable higher price. As you can see from the photos the boots were not prepared for the shooting. Shilshole is a more of a Country Gentleman than a Calvin Klein model. I wore those boots without no mercy and I can testify that quality suede is very good, even after I got caught by a summer rain it kept its looks. The next model will clearly be a classic English – Windermere on MGF last . I have my eyes on it ever since it came out and it seems to be more than a fleeting passion…