Undeniably cool yet reassuringly traditional, the Chelsea boot immediately conjures images of the Swingin' London scene and its glorious mod-era past while maintaining a contemporary appeal among today’s trendiest style influencers. Indeed, this everyday essential continues to rock, especially when worn under pencil slim trousers in anything from wool to denim to leather.
Just like the Ketsby, which combines two iconic styles into one versatile shoe. This high-polish Chelsea boot becomes a statement piece thanks to traditional brogueing along the upper and around the heel that adds an unexpected decorative touch to this contemporary staple.
Set in an exclusive Oxford college, temple of the oldest and most authentic British tradition, the new Church’s ad campaign features a crop of students shot in black and white by Lachlan Bailey.
The moody, contemporary and vaguely sacrilegious images depict every day moments of this international elite that plays a key role in preserving a centuries-old, quintessentially British heritage. On their feet, the shoes are displayed effortlessly and informally with a relaxed attitude that seamlessly captures the elegance that Church’s has been passing down from generation to generation for over 140 years.
Art direction: Marco Braga and Giuliano Federico
Photographer: Lachlan Bailey
Styling: Margherita Moro
Models: Hedvig Palm and Kit Butler
From ultra-classic to on-trend bold, elegance comes in many forms. While the bread-and-butter codes of style are universal, adapting a great accessory to one’s personality is what makes creating a standout look an exciting, challenging and inventive exercise. A case in point is the monk-strap shoe, which continues to enjoy a moment of glory thanks to a number of exclusive details and finishes that add a feminine twist to man’s evergreen favorite.
Whether in a rich smoky tobacco brown or artfully studded, the Lana monk-strap will add a strong touch to any look, representing both tradition at its best or a mix of classic originality peppered by a subtle tougher edge.
Just like their male counterpart, both styles feature an exquisite brogueing and perforations but a slimmer silhouette immediately adds a more feminine feel. The details of each shoe are hand-written on the upper in a special calligraphy, making each pair completely identifiable and unique.
Solid, contrasting or tonal, a range of different chromatic options and combinations offer variations on the theme, further defining an aesthetic and mood, from safe to bold. From black to high-impact bi-color effects, not only is a handsome pair of brogues the ultimate essential but also a game-changing option for women with a finely-honed matching sense. All the better if characterized by a sleek glossed-leather treatment that immediately conveys a rich and luxurious feel in any moment of the day.
In black, polished cherry and burgundy or smoky tobacco and brown, any slight variation on the leather and color of the Burwood lace-up is a further testament of the hand-made expertise that painstakingly brings to life each pair. A feminine re-interpretation of the classic Oxford for men, this leather-lined style features the same elegant brogueing and delicate gimping as its male counterpart.
For the latter-day gentleman, the underlying common denominator between formality and informality remains the highest form of hand-crafted savoir-faire that stands out from the rest of the crowd in any moment of the day and on after-dark outings. Just like the centuries-old tradition that soaks the factories of Northampton in England, where seasoned artisans have been passing down the baton of their experience for generations, painstakingly adapting to the changing times. Where classics and house specialties are tweaked to contemporary effect, from sporty to business perfect.
For a totally unique finish, the leather of the classic Keats loafers is hand-treated while the handmade tassel is a design element that gained popularity in the 1950s amongst businessmen and lawyers. It also features the world-renowned Goodyear method, ensuring unparalleled durability and the possibility of refurbishment in the future. The leather sole has been heat-embossed with the Church’s logo and the company's provenance, 'Northampton England'.
A double monk strap shoe, the Monkton features an elegant brogueing and punching while the leather sole and a polished binder finish add a sophisticated and stylish sheen.
Finished and polished with the utmost care, the Ongar is the modern-day evolution of the iconic Lancaster Oxford lace-up, embellished with prominent leather piping on the cap toe and quarters for a truly distinctive look. Made over the popular 173 Last, this shoe features hand-written details and a chunky leather triple sole and storm welt.
If an old famous song is dedicated to blue suede shoes, this season’s color choices include a hint of deep bottle green alongside more traditional earth tones such as brown and cocoa. Supple and textured, suede continues to be an all-time favorite thanks to its dress-up-or-down versatility and seasonless appeal, which makes it ideal to ease into the warmer months with a relaxed attitude
Part of our historic collection, the Pembrey is a lightweight and casual suede loafer with a small, gimped tongue and double-stitched apron. Made with the storied Goodyear method, this unlined style of great resistance features a leather sole bearing the heat-embossed Church’s logo and the company's Northampton, England provenance. And depending on your fashion impulse, wear it with or without socks.
With 58 days of detailed hand-craftsmanship dedicated to each single pair, the Crown Collection embodies Church's renowned hand-crafted virtuosity like no other.
Each style celebrates a master of British literature and poetry: true artisan wordsmiths such as Dickens, Joyce, Wilde and Defoe. Likewise, these creations are an example of the art of shoe-making expressed through impeccable, contemporary shapes and finishes.
Made with great care, the styles in this limited edition collection are the most authentic result of artisan workmanship, with brogue motifs, burnished trim, and color meticulously applied by hand.
Other distinguishing features include a 1930s-era crest and the name of the model transcribed in calligraphy on the upper of each shoe -- just a few features that render each pair a timeless keepsake.
Experience this enduring elegance and unique comfort. Schedule your private fitting at our selected boutiques.
AMSTERDAM - P.C. Hooftstraat 112
BRUXELLES - Place Stéphanie 2
CHICAGO - 75 East Walton Street
EDINBURGH - 59a George Street
GENEVA - Rue du Rhône 59
HONG KONG - Store No 36, Pacific Place
LONDON - 133 New Bond Street
LONDON - 143 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
LONDON - 201 Regent Street
LONDON - 28 Royal Exchange
LONDON - 110 Jermyn Street
LONDON - Cabot Place East, Canary Wharf
MADRID - Calle Jorge Juan 11
MILAN - Via Sant’ Andrea 11
PARIS - 229 rue Saint Honore
PARIS - 24 Rue de Sèvres, Au Bon Marché
PARIS - Printemps 64, Boulevard Haussmann
ROME - Via dei Condotti 57
SINGAPORE - 2 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands
TOKYO - 5-8-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
TURIN - Via Lagrange 7A
WIEN - Seitzergasse 1-3
In the lounge, at a gala or on the red carpet, a pair of luxurious slippers is a true moniker of elegance that is no longer restricted to the mansion. On the contrary, dress slippers are totally on-trend thanks to their lavish look and surprising versatility. A symbol of Victorian-era dandyism, they were initially conceived as a house shoe for gentlemen hosting formal dinner parties in their homes. Today, they preserve that same steeped-in-heritage air yet, exquisitely embellished or monogrammed, they will elevate the style bar of any look, from casual to bespoke. Or, for the same confident men seeking elegance inside the domestic walls, a pair of beautifully crafted house slippers adds a sophisticated touch to indoor life.
The Sovereign , aptly named for its aesthetic inspiration, is a velvet slip-on loafer that is perfect for elegant evening events and nights out. A quilted satin insole makes for a luxurious detail while a beautiful embroidered rose on the front adds a refined and eye-catching finishing touch. Each shoe is finished and polished with the utmost care making each pair truly one of a kind.
The Triton Crown is an exquisite jacquard slipper that features a quilted leather insole and sole, adding a layer of comfort to this elegant leisure time style. Its geometrical motif in shades of blue and white adds a modern touch while a black embroidered crown makes for a refined finishing touch.
Versatility in fashion is one of those pluses that style-savvy women with a strong personality appreciate as they conduct high-speed lifestyles divided between business and pleasure. At its best when matched to authentic exclusiveness, a high-end cobbling tradition and modern elegance, this enduring characteristic lends itself to multiple styling tricks, from insouciant to mainstream, depending on feel and flair.
An ode to flexibility, the Constance classic Oxford lace-up is characterized by an oversized, removable front flap that adds a unique finishing touch to this everyday style, reimagined for modern-day women seeking a compromise between style and sensibility. A hallmark of tradition, it also features exquisite brogueing, a rich two-tone palette and exclusive hand-written details.
It’s no surprise that the Chelsea boot, whose invention is credited to Queen Victoria's shoemaker J. Sparkes-Hall, continues to be incredibly popular even in the change-driven and fast-paced modern times. From royalty to the Beatles to Jean Shrimpton, it owns its success to a clean design and signature elastic gusset, which has contributed to making it all-time favorite for women seeking a clever compromise between comfort, versatility and elegance. Moreover, it effortlessly adapts to any style and circumstance, from classic to sassy.
The top quality matte calf leather of the Monmouth further enhances its ultra-classic line defined by a rounded toe, low heel and a stitched leather and rubber sole. A tab in the back makes pulling it on and off an easy affair. Incredibly handsome it also taps into fashion’s current fascination with the boy-meets-girls trend.
The Prada Group, of which Church’s is part of, reveals a new perspective of itself on csr.pradagroup.com, the website dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Stories of passion and commitment, of creativity, of respect for the places, of open dialogue with local communities, of restoration and enhancement of the artistic legacy.
A perspective heretofore unseen, whose protagonists are the skilled hands of artisans, the multifaceted expressions of culture, the reshaping of landscapes, the partners along the production chain and the people all over the world who, with us, dedicate their daily efforts to achieving excellence.