This week saw much of England literally swept away by winter winds; gents, it is time to put on your best outdoor garbs but that does not require losing any swagger. A shoe collection worthy of Imelda Marcos has been released by many brands, here are my favourites.
Two British attire legends, Barbour and Cheaney have joined forces to create a stunning Barbour waxed tweed-Cheney leather brogue boot. Barbour, founded in South Shields in 1894, is world renowned for its enduring waxed raincoats and has received royal warrants from the UK’s current queen and Duke of Edinburgh to supply “waterproof and protective clothing”. If it is good enough for queenie and hubby then I imagine Barbour is fit for most. Joseph Cheaney and Sons has made traditional English shoes in Northamptonshire, England since 1886. To this day, shoes are handcrafted entirely in the original factory. This boot can easily transition from city to country, or stay in either.
Many readers probably already or have owned a pair of Timberland boots. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the New England boot maker. To celebrate, Timberland has flicked through their archives and updated some of their most iconic footwear. A limited collection of 1,973 boots were auctioned on October 5th. If you were trodden out of this elite crowd then fear not, at the end of November, an updated version of the ‘Super Boot’ will be released. Less ubiquitous but more durable than the 6” boot, the Super Boot is constructed from Italian-made Vibram® soles and 200 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation, for the likes of me that means greater traction and warmth than the average boot respectively. Check the Timberland website for stores which will be supplying these.
I walked past my local Office shoe store in Richmond earlier in the year and for the second time in my life wished I was a guy (the first being at open air events wishing I could pee in bushes). ‘Ask the Missus’ had the coolest suede brogues with bright yellow, red and blue soles. Yet another classic with a twist which has long been ignored. In the office, on the street, in the pub dapperness made easy.