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 Ready-to-wear shoes are crafted in our new state of the art factory in Northampton, and complement our bespoke offering in terms of quality and design. They are available immediately from our stock (or can be obtained for you within a few weeks) whereas the bespoke shoes take about 9 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 top quality Goodyear-welted Northampton made shoes that are designed and made 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, and other details makes a huge difference to the quality of a shoe, which can only be appreciated over time.
Our collection is focussed on elegant designs that have stood the test of time, that are inspired by 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.