The Dover is without doubt the quintessential Edward Green shoe. Tales of its handsewn apron and reverse split toe are legendary and rightfully so. Each is sewn by expert craftsmen who use pigs bristles rather than metal needles.
The preparation of the thread itself is a major undertaking combining several long strands and bonding them with wax then splitting the end of the bristle and lashing the thread to it.
So much of what goes into finely crafted shoes is taken for granted. It’s difficult to appreciate the level of skill, time and artisan-ship it takes to produce a pair if you haven’t seen it first hand. It’s remarkable really that in today’s high tech, automated world there are products which are still made by way of tradition. Something’s are best left unchanged.
Here are several Dover’s, that we recently received for clients. All of which were made to order.
Chestnut Antique 82 Last, HAF Soles
Burgundy Antique/Mahogany Country Calf 82 Last, Single Soles
Coffee Suede 606 Last, Dainite Soles
Walnut Country Calf 606 Last, Dainite Soles
Edwardian Antique 606 Last, HAF Soles
Edwardian Antique/Almond Country Calf 606 Last, Dainite Soles
Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the Edward Green factory in Northampton, England. What you realize as you watch and talk with the men and women that make the shoes is that shoes are only as good as the people who make them.
To make great shoes you need great people. These are highly skilled and talented craftsmen that take tremendous pride in what they do and it shows.
Thank you Hilary Freeman and the staff at Edward Green for your unwavering dedication to quality and tradition it is truly inspiring.
Westminster 888 Last, Burnt Pine Antique – MTO
Ifford 82 Last, Dark Oak/Mink Suede – MTO
Cardiff 202 Last, Edwardian Antique, Dainite Soles – MTO
Malvern 82 Last, Dark Oak Antique – MTO
In Northampton the home of England’s finest shoemakers they refer to shell cordovan as Crup. In our opinion Burgundy or Color 8 as we say in the States is one of the most beautiful colors. A deep crimson hue, which should be in every mans wardrobe. And like all shell cordovan colors the color varies as seen in the images below.
People are often surprised to hear that Edward Green makes shoes in Crup and in fact they make incredibly nice shoes in it. That is to say the leather is very clean with very little product on it and the shells are very clear meaning no imperfections. The result is obvious, a pair of shoes that looks and feels like a million buck or should we say pounds.
Here are a few examples of recent Edward Green MTO’s in Burgundy Crup. MTO is Made To Order these shoes are not in stock.
Arlington, 202 Last, Burgundy Crup, Dainite Soles – MTO
Newbury, 888 Last, Burgundy Crup, HAF Soles – MTO
Inverness, 888 Last Burgundy Crup, HAF Soles – MTO