The beauty of Gaziano & Girling, as captured by Linkson Jack.
The 1970 Beans Lounger is back
Like father Like son.
A pebble grain derby on an elegant last - a rare sight indeed.
Working with Phillip from Saint Crispin’s, I have been endeavouring to make the perfect oxford. Nothing revolutionary, just a slightly more refined version of a classic cap toe. The finished result, albeit in green, is what is pictured. Using as few seams as we can get away with, the quarter brogues have seamless heels - the heel counter and instep piece being whole and uncut. Add a brogued but un-medallioned cap toe, on a classic last, and we have simple perfection.
Now the only question is, what colour?
Anonymous asked: what's the difference between oxfords, brogues, longwings and wingtips? or they're the same shoe?
Oxfords or balmorals have closed laces. (Derbies/bluchers have open laces)
Brogues have multiple pieces of leather on the uppers and perforations (brogueing). Longwings are a type of brogue and a type of wingtip - the wings go all the way around to the back of the shoes. A shortwing or full brogue, have wings that dip to the sole about halfway down the shoe.
The beginnings of a pair of Impala oxfords, this skin is super soft and will antique beautifully when finished, more pictures to come on this one.
Makers of “The Original Driving Shoe,” Car Shoes look great and are supposedly very comfortable. However, I have been told that for city dwellers and those that use these more for walking then for driving, the bead soles tend to wear out quickly. Hence, the suggestion to find similar models with a flat sole, to maximize utility.
Edward Green Harrogate in Edwardian Antique
For those of you used to seeing the chunky gunboat longwings made famous by Florsheim Imperial and Alden, these might elicit a second glance. Made on a sleeker last, with a chiseled English toe box, Edward Green’s version of the classic style is more versatile as a dress shoe, and looks to be more easily worn with a suit or a sports coat. However, the Dainite Studded rubber sole and it’s ability to stand up to foul weather help the shoe retain a connection to its roots as a utilitarian stomper.