How are your ready-to-wear shoes different from the bespoke ones?
Our bespoke shoes are made by hand to your personal specifications and can be in any material or style you want, provided that it is practical to make a high quality shoe that way.
Our ready-to-wear (sometimes called "Bench-Made") shoes also benefit from the design skills of our bespoke workshop but are machine-made, mostly using a famous manufacturing process called "Goodyear welting". Goodyear welting was invented in the 1870's by an American, Charles Goodyear, Jr. but soon became adopted as a specifically English way of joining the upper of the shoe to the sole.
Our collection of Ready-to-wear shoes represents a range that we believe our customers will appreciate. They are available immediately from our stock (or can be obtained for you within a few weeks) whereas the
bespoke shoes take about 6 months to make.
If your ready-to-wear shoes are machine made, what is special about them?
Our core collection of ready to wear shoes are mostly Goodyear-welted English made shoes that are designed by us and conform to the high standards we set as bespoke makers.
The use of high quality materials such as oak bark vegetable tanned leather that has superior flexibility and wearing qualities, "in channel" stitching, high quality natural tinted full calf linings, a wooden shank, "gentleman's corner" and other details makes a huge difference to the quality of a shoe, which can only be appreciated over time. We prefer plain bottoms for our shoes with an interlocked rubber top piece on the heel, but if you prefer to announce your arrival with steel, this can be arranged.
Our collection is focussed on elegant designs that have stood the test of time, such as our "Aston" that is based on one of our heritage bespoke shoes, or that are suited for a particular situation, such as a smart black slip-on for weddings, black patent leather dress shoes for formal evening wear, a classic loafer, the restrained formal city shoe, or more assertive winged brogue.
We hope that our selection will appeal to those of you who appreciate stylish and elegant shoes of lasting quality.