There is no other shoe that epitomizes the traditional “Business Shoe” like a black captoe oxford. There’s no end of black captoe oxfords out there but then there is Gaziano & Girling’s “Oxford” which takes the genre to a whole other level.
The narrow waist and extended toe box of this shoe is what gives them their graceful and urbane appearance. And because it’s a perennial classic these shoes are forever in style.
Oxford GG06 Last, Black Calf, Oak Bark Soles
We thought you might find this interesting. The Joh. Rendenbach Jr. Tannery has been producing oak bark sole leather since 1871.
So what is it exactly?
It’s leather tanned using the classical oak-bark method, obviously. A naturally pure tanning method taking place in old, three-meter deep oak lined pits. This method uses exclusively vegetable tanning agents in the form of barks and fruits. The process normally lasts between nine and twelve months, depending on the hide thickness. The leather is tanned without mechanical movement, without raising temperatures and without adding chemical catalysts.
Besides other advantages, this proves to be very lightweight due to the long tanning duration ensuring that the hide absorbs only the amount of tanning agent absolutely necessary. Oak-bark tanned leather possesses unique properties: it is extremely hard wearing, tough, as well as flexible, making a comfortable sole of outstanding solidity, standing out through its appealing surface and a warm woody color. Oak-bark tanned sole leather is also:
– Highly water-repellent
– Especially breathable
– Absorbs perspiration
– Deodorant and antiseptic
– Prevention against foot diseases
– Completely bio-degradable
Think about that next time you try on a pair of Edward Green’s or Gaziano & Girling’s.
I am quite excited as are many of the clients that have visited Leffot about the incredible Oak Bark sole that Tony Gaziano & Dean Girling have developed for their bench made collection. I know of no other RTW shoe that offers such a beautifully beveled waist.
This is the type of sole you would expect to find on a bespoke made shoe. The result is a tight waist that looks incredibly trim and elegant and a shoe that fits like a glove.
Shown here the Gaziano & Girling Mitchell in Black Calf on the TG73 Last.