There a lot of companies that make shoes, and even more places that sell them, but among them all, Church’s English shoes are at the top. Still “bench-made” after 140 years, meaning made by hand, by a cobbler, at their workstation, Church’s combine classic looks with a flair for dramatic craftsmanship. Adhering closely to their stylistic roots, ie. wingtips, cap toes, etc, you will be hard pressed to find a more classic, better constructed pair of shoes.
Still manufactured in their hometown of Northampton, England, where the company was founded in 1873, all Church’s shoes are handmade in a process consisting of no less than 250 detailed steps and can take up to 8 weeks to complete. Known for their “welt,” which is a strip of hand-cut leather that rests between the upper and the sole (each is stitched directly onto the welt rather than being stitched together), Church’s shoes can be given a second life. In cases of extreme wear, and because the soles are not directly attached to the upper, the soles can be removed in total and a new sole can be put in place for many more years of use.
And with stores in some of the world’s largest shopping meccas, London, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Rome, New York, Shanghai to name just a few, Church’s shoes are readily available and equally as popular with some of the most discriminating clientele the world over.
The price tag is admittedly not modest, but its also not so much that you will have to refinance the house, and besides, its not just a pair of “Sunday Shoes” that we are talking about, but rather a sound fashion investment.
And a point to leave you with. Church’s English shoes are guaranteed to remain fashionable right up until the day that you have “shuffled off this mortal coil,” as Billy Shakespeare might say. Take it from an Englishman, these folks know their shoes.
Check out the full range of Church’s shoes by visiting their site at:
Alternately, their footwear can be seen in person by visiting their boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan:
689 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021