Fitting designates sole width; there are three different fittings available:
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The Shannon is an exquisite exemplar of the clean and classic whole cut Derby, which is made of a single piece of leather that is completely free of marks and flaws. Though originally designed for sportier purposes, the Derby has become a versatile lace-up that is ideal for just about any occasion.
The style has a smooth upper, no toecap or stitching, except for on the eyelet facings, which feature hand-stitches applied by specialised craftsmen and the shoe’s details are all written by hand on the inside of the upper in a special calligraphy. The shoe, which was constructed with the world-renowned Goodyear method, boasts a thick triple sole whose storm welt helps keep water out.
The accessories collection for men aims not just to adorn, but to add purposeful finishing touches to the contemporary gentleman’s wardrobe as well. A no-nonsense double monk strap like the Lambourn is complemented perfectly by the Mr. Dickell briefcase, an equally stylish ode to pragmatism. Inspired by a traditional doctor’s bag, this spacious carrier holds an array of items ranging from lizard leather wallets, coin trays and credit card holders and “Infinity” cufflinks to a thermos and flask with deluxe leather accents.
The classic Lancaster Oxford stands out for its simplicity and is distinguished by its details. Double stitching delineates the cap toe and quarter lining while clean contours cut a sleek silhouette. The hand-applied finish lends a beautiful shine while an unexpected triple sole protects against the elements. Formality and function in one versatile style that proves not everything is always as it seems.
As the name suggests, the plain toe has no decorations and offers a clean, simple look.
A cap toe is actually a separate piece of leather sewn onto the front of a shoe (to form a “cap”), though visually looks like a horizontally stitched line. There can be decorative perforations along this line (quarter brogue) and/or decorations on the toe as well (semi-brogues).
This toe style is the most stylistic, featuring the winged brackets characteristically accompanied by decorative perforations (full or longwing brogue).
The apron toe is characterised by a line of stitching that goes from the middle of the shoe, around the toecap, and back to the middle on the other side. The only variation in the split toe is seam that runs down the middle of the front at the toecap.
Though the Burwood takes the form of a classic Oxford, it possesses a truly unique aesthetic that perfectly balances rugged and refined. Historically speaking, the perforations of the style’s full broguing were originally intended to allow water to drain when crossing wet terrains and a thick triple sole provides even more versatility. Combined with an exclusive polished binder finish that adds a sleek sheen, this shoe is an unconventional nod to elegance, though tough enough to tackle any corporate ladder.
The word brogue dates back to the 16th century, derived from the Scottish Gaelic and Irish word, brog, which translates roughly to shoe or boot. Indeed, the trendy style of contemporary times traces its roots back to a rather rudimentary model that was worn in Scotland and Ireland. The original version was made from untanned hide and featuring the characteristic perforations, which, at the time served a much more practical purpose -- they allowed water to drain when walking over wet terrain or during inclement weather.
Now, this intricate detailing has purely decorative ambitions, adding a layer of subtle sophistication to Oxfords, Derby shoes, monk straps and sometimes, even Chelsea boots. The different types of broguing are distinguished on the toecap.
Full brogues, sometimes referred to as wingtips, resemble a winged motif across the toe, extending to the sides of the shoe and featuring additional decorations in the centre of the toecap.
Semi-brogues, also known as half brogues, feature the same decorative perforations throughout the shoe and along the straight cap toe, with additional ornamentation on the toecap.
Like the full brogue, this version has the winged motif across the toe, but it extends all the way to the back seam of the shoe. This design is usually found on the Derby shoe.
This style is the least decorative of the group, featuring decorations along the cap toe with no additional adornments in the toe ca
A true icon is defined not only by the impact that it makes at the moment of its revealing, but the lasting relevance it enjoys more than half a century later.
In 1929, Church’s presented the Shanghai, a completely innovative style that was designed for Englishmen living abroad (particularly in the Far East) and one that redefined men’s footwear. In 2009, after finding an original model at the Northampton factory, the brand decided to re-issue an identical version with an intentionally vintage feel, a move that successfully resonated with clients, retailers and the fashion industry.
The shoe’s structure – a unique composite of a monk strap and brogue with tassel detail – is offset by a palette of natural shades, which serve to subtly tone down the elegance factor. The Shanghai’s aesthetic, which was considered avant-garde as much in 1929 as it is now, combines tradition with modernity, successfully achieving that ever-fickle balancing act between sophisticated and sporty.
The Shanghai’s most defining characteristic is the original rubber sole, which features an artfully designed “CHURCH CO” logo across the bottom and took an entire year to reproduce. This remarkable sole has appeared periodically throughout the brand’s style repertoire and was created to resist wear and tear, offering up the added benefit of versatility to an already exemplary shoe.
The contemporary rendition, which is constructed exactly as it was in 1929, features yet another element of distinction – the shoes are intentionally broken in and weathered by hand to fully evoke the vintage spirit of the original.
The Shanghai demonstrated Church’s foresight and innovative spirit when it was introduced while the style’s re-issue established its undeniable status as an icon of timeless elegance.
Women’s fashion has long taken cues from the opposite gender in a subset of style that sees iconic men’s pieces taking on softer silhouettes and distinguishing embellishments. The Lana Met seamlessly blends a number of design elements to create a unique double monk strap – unconventional studs make up the shoe’s intricate brogue detailing, hinting at a resilient and contemporary spirit. The Estella R also features broguing, adorning a classic Chelsea boot with a low block heel that adds an unexpected element of femininity.
Our shoes have been known the world over for their superior quality and incredible durability for nearly a century and a half and for good reason – it takes us up to eight weeks and more than 250 manual steps to craft a single pair.
A shoe is only as good as its construction, which is precisely why we use the world’s finest manufacturing processes – the Goodyear method – to create it. We take a strip of leather, known as the welt, and sew it around the bottom of the upper and the insole. That same welt is then sewn onto the sole. This particular composition bestows every pair with an unparalleled level of resistance and allows for future refurbishments, lengthening its lifespan by years or even decades.
From the meticulous selection of leather and brogue perforating to the construction and final stages of finishing and polishing, our team of experienced craftsmen undertakes every step of the manufacturing process of the men’s collection at our factory in Northampton with passion and dedication. Given the artisanal quality of our work, we can say with confidence that every shoe we craft is its own unique masterpiece.