They’re durable, earthy and maybe a bit expensive but after you get one of these you’ll realize that what is the most polular shoe brand and why they are so popular of all time, One thing you should know about these shoes that they’re expensive in a reasonable way.
5: EDWARD GREEN
Dover Grained-Leather Derby Shoes
Initially created as a walking shoe for country gentlemen, Derbies have become one of the most versatile shoes a man can own. They can dress up a pair of jeans, but they can also add a bit of devil-may-care to a suit. Derbies, which are less formal than Oxfords, are distinguished by the fact that the facing (where the lace eyelets are located) is open at the bottom, while Oxfords’ facing is closed, presenting a smoother façade to the world. We are partial to Derbies with a rubber sole, so it can become the go-to dress shoe on a rainy day. Edward Green is one of several Northampton shoemakers that makes this British town world-renowned for its craftsmanship.
The CHELSEA BOOTS
Leather boots held together by elastic bands were initially patented by bootmaker Mr J Sparkes-Hall as a walking shoe for Queen Victoria. Like their cousin, jodhpurs, Mr Sparkes-Hall’s boots became a favorite of the equestrian set and only acquired the “Chelsea” moniker in the Swinging Sixties when that part of London was ground zero for mods. Since then, a number of designers – most notably Gucci, Maison Margiela and Saint Laurent – have created beautiful variations of Chelsea boots with vintage rock ’n’ roll swagger. For those looking for a more classic and affordable model, we like R.M.Williams. Based in Adelaide, the Australian firm, which dates back to 1932, got its start designing boots for cowboys in the outback. If you’re in the market for two pairs, might we suggest getting one in leather and the other in suede.
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3: GEORGE CLEVERLEY
Reuben Burnished-Leather Wingtip Brogues
Just like shortbread, whiskey (well, at least the kind without the “e”) and Sir Sean Connery, brogues are a Scottish creation that has proved popular the world over. The term “brogue” is more about the decoration on a shoe rather than its cut, referring to the way that the surface is punctured and stitched to form a pattern. Originally developed for outdoor use, the distinctive perforations were designed to allow water to drain out of the shoes. Wing tips, such as these from George Cleverley, are a flash member of the brogue family, thanks to a decorative detail on the toe. Cleverley was the shoemaker of choice for Sir Winston Churchill and Mr. Charlie Watts. And like the latter’s drum backbeat, these are quietly powerful, yet have a jazzy flair.
2: RED WING
Rubber-Soled Leather Boots
If you want to buy boots that work in bad weather, you go to a bootmaker from Red Wing, Minnesota. Red Wing isn’t exactly the North Country immortalized in Mr. Bob Dylan’s lyrics, but it is a place where winds hit heavy, snowflakes storm and rivers freeze. Stitched and rubber-soled for durability, these are not a designer’s idea of workwear. Rather, they are the sort of boots that people who actually work outside wear. Their authenticity of origin and purpose make them the perfect shoes to wear with jeans, or on days when the weather can only be described as terrible.
1: JOHN LOBB
City II Leather Oxford Shoes
It used to be that clean, cap-toe black Oxfords (such as these by John Lobb), were the first shoes a man would sink his capital into. This advice dates back to an era when the dress code in most offices was a suit. Still, for weddings, funerals and that day when the CEO finally notices you, these are the stately companions of that type of dark suit. The term “cap toe” refers to the line of stitching bisecting the toe. The only workplace shoes that are dressier would be whole-cut Oxfords, a completely unadorned shoe made from one single piece of leather, hence the name “whole cut” or “one cut”.