Wildsmith was founded in 1847 in England by Matthew and Rebecca Wildsmith, and quickly gained a reputation for making fine footwear. Their quality and attention to detail earned them clientele such as John F. Kennedy, Prince Charles, and Cary Grant. The new era of Wildsmith is still made in Northampton in the tradition of Wildsmith past. Just as we’ve introduced other brands in the past, we’re the first to carry Wildsmith here in the US.
The Bloomsbury loafer was derived from a shoe originally designed for King George VI to wear around the house. It’s an iconic and timeless style that’s been copied by many. These come unlined, which makes them very comfortable for bare feet this summer and beyond. They’re the perfect casual shoe, but still dressy enough for a suit.
“You are either in your bed or in your shoes, so it pays to invest in both.” —John Wildsmith
Wildsmith Bloomsbury Loafer in Black, Tan, or Oak Calfskin
London Tan Calfskin
Once in a while you need a shoe that doesn’t take itself too seriously. These tassel loafers from La Cordonnerie Anglaise are just the ticket, as they exhibit a casual European flair that’s elegant and playful. Whether you’re sipping cappuccino in a cafe or lounging at home, the Luxor loafers are perfect for casual everyday wear. They’re Blake stitched and come on a comfortable leather sole.
Red, Navy, or Puma Suede, Single Leather Soles
La Cordonnerie Anglaise Luxor
Both suede leather and the loafer style are synonymous with casual, comfortable footwear. A customer of ours chose both for this pair of simple, versatile Edward Green MTO shoes. The style’s austere design and the suede’s lush color make this a beautiful and comfortable shoe to add to this customer’s wardrobe.
100 Last, Mocca Suede, Single Leather Soles
It’s Horween Chromexcel season and we’ve got it coming out of our ears. Next in line is our own Beefroll Penny Loafers: Brown CXL with soft-as-air crepe soles as well as Natural CXL with a standard leather sole.
Chromexcel, often abbreviated as “CXL,” is a waxy, durable “pull-up” leather tanned by Horween Leather Co. in Chicago. It is soft and supple with the first wear.
Paired with plantation crepe soles, this is the perfect slip-on shoe for those lazy days when your feet are tired and you don’t want to bend over to lace anything up.
The classic Beefroll style, adds simple flair to a traditional design. These shoes are hand sewn in Maine and feature no nonsense Yankee quality and style.
Horween Brown Chromexcel, Plantation Crepe Soles
Horween Natural Chromexcel, Single Leather Soles
As spring begins we’re stocking up on loafers. Our new arrivals include shoes by Edward Green, Alden, Church and Gaziano & Girling. We’ll be receiving others which we’ll post as they arrive.
Edward Green – Piccadilly 184 Last, Black Calf
Church – Wesley 101 Last, Brown Crocodile
Gaziano & Girling – Cannes KN14 Last, Brown English Grain
For some reason or other we don’t place many orders for loafers or casuals as they say across the pond. But every now and then something special comes our way.
The Piccadilly is one of Edward Green’s “Core Line” models. A classic penny strap but this one with twill insets, the perfect shoe to sip dry Manhattan’s in. Who says spectators are just for summer?
Piccadilly; 184 Last Burnt Pine Antique/Twill – MTO*
*MTO footwear is not part of our stock lines, they are Made To Order.