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Tag: Monk strap

Church’s Westbury – MTO

The Westbury monk strap by Church’s is one of their classic styles. When our client D.G. requested these two pair we knew there was going to be a twist. That’s because he had previously ordered a pair of Grafton’s made up as a spectator, which was very unique.

I like it when customers have shoes made up that are one of a kind. I admire those that can envision a pair in a way that is singular and special, these two fit that bill.

Westbury Black Polished Binder/Black Patent, Dainite Soles – MTO*

Westbury - Leffot 1

Westbury Burgundy Polished Binder/Tabacco Grain, Dainite Soles – MTO*

Westbury - Leffot 2

*MTO footwear is not part of our stock lines, they are Made To Order.

It’s Hip To Be Square

The Westbury by Church’s English Shoes is admittedly a very basic monk strap. But that is the appeal of it for me.

Legend has it that these were the dress uniform shoes for officers of the British Military. Ours are in polished binder, which will keep them spit shined and looking great with a business suit or a pair of skinny jeans.

I know I have a habit of saying that but its big point with me. Shoes even thought they may look dressy are versatile and can be worn dressed up or down.

“You can never be overdressed or over educated.” Oscar Wilde

The Westbury in Black Polished Binder on the 173 Last

Corthay MTO’s Part I

We received several MTO’s from Pierre Corthay, always an exciting event. Here for your eye candy pleasure we present;

The “Montaigne” in Ebene 002 Last with Silver Buckle

The “Wilfrid” in Black Calf and Celadon Patent Leather on 002 Last

The “Arca Boucle” in Rosewood Calf 001 Last

Part II to follow soon

EG MTO Arrivals

We received some beautiful MTO’s from Edward Green yesterday. I am posting them today because I think it’s only fair the client has the first look (actually I have the first look but as your trusted adviser it’s a professional privilege). I’ve posted a few Corthay MTO’s but I believe these are the first Edward Green’s. So without further delay…….

Mr. R has created a unique version of the Newbury. To this whole cut oxford he added the winged toecap of the Southwold. This pair is in Acorn Antique with heavy burnishing, on the 888 last. Mr. R also likes his belts to match so we had one made for him as well.

Mr. C is a true shoe maven not only does he know shoes inside and out he has the vision to see how they’ll look. Take for instance this pair of Dover’s in Maple Antique on the 606 last with double leather soles. It took vision to see it in this color. It is the most beautiful Dover I’ve seen.

Mr. C also loves his monk straps as well as his stitched aprons. These Ashby’s in Burgundy Antique are also on the 606 last and very handsome. This color is perfectly suited to the shoe. I particularly like the heavy burnishing on this pair.

Edward Green MTO’s generally take 14 weeks according to the company. These pairs were ordered during the summer, which means they took longer since the factory is closed most of August. Nonetheless they are always worth the wait.