A most appealing aspect of bespoke shoes is how they reflect their owners through personalised design. A key factor can be finding a unique material to create them with.
As seen in previous shoe of the week posts, there are now more speciality leathers available in the quality required for mens bespoke. From Stingray with a ground-down finish adding a new dimension to this established material, to the grained Horween cordovan (not widely available) which can also be used in new colours.
This example shows how a unique colour- the No.2 ruby, can be tanned upon request, to have something totally individual. The pictures show how perfectly the colour and style match forming a beautiful and distinctive shoe.
The new green grained Horween cordovan we recently acquired would make an amazing country shoe or could be teamed up with white calf for a unique corespondent style.
For 2015 we are also working on a new antique blue to sit with our range of antique whiskey, bourbon and bordeaux, maybe in the spirit of things it will make a nod to a good blue gin.......
This style of casuals is very traditional and has already appeared on Club Cleverley but we thought the use of an anthracite grey crocodile hide for the making of this shoe was a great combination. Here can be seen how important the role of the Cutter is in the overall quality and look of the shoes. If you pay close attention you will see how the pattern on the sides of the shoes was cut to perfectly match with the upper front of the shoe called the apron. The later is a demonstration of the high level of skills of the Closer who's the craftsman responsible for stitching every pieces of the shoe together (see close up picture).
You might have recognised the leather, the now famously known 1786 Russian hide, this unique leather found into the wreck of the Metta Catharina after more than 200 years of rest at the bottom of the sea. The hide express its very own character through its unique pattern and shade while the master shoemaker left the mark of his high skilled handwork through the raised hand-sewn facings and back counters that no machine would be able to equal.
Our Made To Order service on our Anthony Cleverley range allow our clients to have their favourite Anthony Cleverley style crafted in the leather & colour of their choice while adding some twist on the design like the addition of a brogue design for example. The pictures of this article present you with two styles made specially for a client in Miami.
For those of you with a particular affection toward exotic hides we always offer a selection of Alligator hides (see link below).
First introduction in Club Cleverley of the Nubuck finish alligator hide. Following a unique process each alligator skins are specially treated to obtain a "nubuck"finish. Not only the look becomes more subtle and soft but also the feel and the wear of the hide. This bespoke pair of elastic sided shoes can compete with no shame against any other suede shoes in terms of comfort and softness while imposing a much stronger character.
First the first time on Club Cleverley we are revealing to you a pair of bespoke handmade shoes commissioned for a Lady. Although we are, at G.J.Cleverley, mainly specialised in bespoke handmade shoes for men we are always delighted to take on few projects for some of the most elegant Ladies. The shoe is based on a men style but adapted to the proportion of a Lady's foot with a slightly higher and more pitched heel to enhance the feminine look of the shoe. Here in with a combination of honey brown calf and white buckskin, the proud owner of this pair of shoes will be certain to make few men jealous.
Many thanks to our friends at The Rake for this month feature on George Glasgow Jr.
A special thank you to Mr. Wei Koh & Mr. Nick Scott.
We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Kingsman: The Secret Service & Mr. Porter (released October 24th). George Cleverley will have a full range of shoes featured in the upcoming spy movie, which will be available exclusively on Mr. Porter in late summer.
Many thanks to our friends Mr. Toby Bateman & Ms. Arianne Phillips for their hard work.