journal: Dover

Alden x Leffot Dover, Color 8 Shell Cordovan

It’s no secret that we love shell cordovan, and since the Dover is one of our favorite shoes, we decided to combine the two to create these unlined color 8 bluchers. They’re on the comfortable flex soles, which give them the added versatility of being slightly dressier than shoes with rubber soles. If you’re a fan of Alden’s classic PT blucher, these Dovers are the logical next step.

Barrie Last, Unlined Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Flex Soles

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Alden Dover

The Alden Dover is made in unlined suede, which makes them cool, comfortable, and lightweight. They’re also extremely flexible, so that from the first moment you put them on, they’ll feel like they’ve already been broken in. The Flex Welt soles are water- and slip-resistant, and unlike rubber soles, have the added benefit of being slightly dressier. Add a coat of Nano Protector, and these shoes can brave any summer shower and still look sharp.

Barrie Last, Unlined Snuff or Tan Suede, Flex Welt Soles

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Alden Dover, Tan Suede

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect shoe for summer than Alden’s unlined suede Dover blucher. Made on the Barrie last in Tan Suede on Flex Welt soles these shoes are as light and soft as any sneaker, they’re also available in Snuff Suede.

With a quick spray of Nano Protector you can even wear these barefoot in the rain with utmost confidence, of course we’re hoping for sunny days ahead.

Barrie Last, Tan Suede, Flex Welt Soles

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Alden Dover, Snuff Suede

The Alden Dover blucher is a dream to wear. Made in unlined snuff suede there is no softer, lighter and more flexible welted shoe out there. These are ideal for spring and summer wear.

The shoes feel like slippers from the moment you first slip them on. And unlike rubber sole shoes, the leather Flex Welt soles give them the added versatility of being slightly dressier.

Barrie Last, Unlined Snuff Suede, Flex Welt Soles

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Edward Green MTO

Edward Green is regarded by many to be “The finest shoes in England for the discerning few.” A more classic English shoe would be hard to find.

Having been in business for more than 120 years Edward Green has become discreetly famous for probably the finest welted shoes. Here are a few examples of shoes we have made for our clients.

Harrogate 888 Last, Black Calfskin – MTO

Midford Top Drawer, 82 Last, Dark Oak Antique – MTO

Shannon 202 Last, Burgundy Antique/Mink Suede – MTO

Walpole 888 Last, Bronze Antique – MTO

Dover 606 Last, Loden Suede, Contrast Stitching – MTO

Westminster Top Drawer, 888 Last, Whiskey Crup – MTO

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Edward Green Dover

Once again, we’ve chosen to present one of our favorite Edward Green styles, the Dover. The Dover is Edward Green’s signature shoe, a blucher with a hand-sewn vamp. The hand-sewing process is so delicate that a pig’s bristle must be used to sew rather than a needle.

We’ve made the Dover in Edward Green’s most popular and most useful leather, Dark Oak Antique Calfskin. This shoe is one for the ages: comfortable, useful, and very unique.

606 Last, Dark Oak Antique, HAF Soles

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Edward Green Dover

If you are to own just one Edward Green model, it should be this one. The Dover is a shoe made for just about any occasion you can think of, unmatched in simplicity, elegance, and understatement.

Its permanent style and impressive longevity are a result of the meticulous process of its creation. 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.

This particular Dover tends towards the casual side, utilizing sturdy Walnut Country Calf and hard-wearing Dainite soles. The result is a beautiful, classic shoe fit for everyday, no-nonsense wear.

 

Dover 606 Last, Walnut Country Calf, Dainite Soles

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Edward Green Dover

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

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