No matter the leather or the colour the De Rede bow tassel loafer always as a unique shoe only worn by the dapest and most confident gentlemen. Myself I particularly like when the lacing of the tasel is slightly contrasting with the rest of the shoe like on this pair where the lacing is made from a dark green calf to contrast with the green suede of the main body.
Another classic made by our bespoke workshop, our famous "Albert" style. Made from one single peice of leather, it is a very comfortable yet an elegant style. Cut from two exquisites alligator hides with a nubuck soft finish giving this usually rather obstentatious hide a much more understate look which is all what fine bespoke is about isn't it?
Many thanks to Milk Magazine & On Pedder for their lovely article on Cleverley CEO, Mr. George Glasgow Jr.
Just as Batman needs batarangs, smoke pellets and a grapple gun to get through the daily grind of beating up bad guys, a man of style should have an arsenal of proper shoes to take him through his week, whatever it may involve. Think of them as items for your sartorial utility belt. The styles should a) veer from formal (Oxfords) to casual (driving moccasins); b) come in different materials, and shades of leather; c) hail from a variety of shoemakers and d) have soles that are appropriate for all weather conditions. We do not view the list below as exhaustive, merely an elegant foundation. If properly cared for, it is not uncommon for the hard-soled shoes on this list to last 15 years, so we have erred on the side of timelessness when it comes to the styles selected.
Just like shortbread, whisky (well, at least the kind without the “e”) and Sir Sean Connery, brogues are a Scottish creation that have proved popular the world over. The term “brogue” is more about the decoration on a shoe rather than its cut, referring to the way that the surface is punctured and stitched to form a pattern. Originally developed for outdoor use, the distinctive perforations were designed to allow water to drain out of the shoes. Wing tips, such as these from George Cleverley, are a flash member of the brogue family, thanks to a decorative detail on the toe. Cleverley was the shoemaker of choice for Sir Winston Churchill and Mr Charlie Watts. And like the latter’s drum backbeat, these are quietly powerful, yet have a jazzy flair.
Nothing says more about you than your shoes. Not the cut of your suit, the knot of your tie or the turn-ups on your selvedge denim jeans – not even your watch. A good-quality, well-maintained pair of shoes is the absolute, unshakeable foundation upon which all else is built. That’s why we’ve made it our priority to turn MR PORTER into a destination for the very best shoes in every category.
Shown here are a pair of Oxford shoes crafted by illustrious London cobblers George Cleverley for MR PORTER’s exclusive Kingsman range, which is inspired by the film of the same name. Traditionally regarded as the first pair of shoes a man should buy, Oxfords represent the pinnacle of formality.
It was lovely to see so many people on Wednesday night at our launch party for "The Finest Menswear in the World". A full chapter is devoted to George Cleverley whom was named the finest shoemaker in the world. Many thanks to all our friends & clients who attended our party at Cleverley's Old Bond Street store in London.
We would like to thank Mr. Simon Crompton, Ms. Anda Rowland, The Balvenie & Charbonnel et Walker.
Until next time….
All photos by: Jamie Ferguson
Many thanks to British GQ for a wonderful evening in London on September, 8th at The Royal Opera House. The British GQ Men Of The Year Awards is one of the best award events during the calendar year and Mr. Dylan Jones aways delivers an enjoyable evening. Cleverley CEO, Mr. George Glasgow Jr would like to thank Ms. Lara Mingay, Mr. Bill Prince & all at British GQ for a lovely evening.
This shoe is a very traditionnal piece in our collection that has seduced almost every of our clients. A tan calf tassel loafer with a hand rolled apron on which was built years after years a light black antique polish providing to this shoe most of its charactere.