The 10 Essential Shoe Investments for Your 2020 Arsenal
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Where your footwear edit is concerned it’s time to shake it up and refresh your winter wardrobe with the hero styles that will have you suited and booted for every occasion ...
Wilton 3-Eyed Chukka Boot £149
Don't go against the grain
The chukka boot is traditionally styled with two or three eyelets, never any more. The name is said to originate from a stage of a polo match, deriving from the Hindi word ‘Chukkar’. Worn by the Duke of Windsor on a state visit to America in 1924, it is believed he acquired a few pairs after a trip to India where he played polo. Quintessentially suited for your casual rotations, there’s no need to play it safe where the style rules are concerned, team the Wilton chukka with your office tailoring for a relaxed edge.
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Harry Oxford Brogue £139
Sorry, no brogues allowed!
Born as a working man’s shoe, the brogue was worn by Scottish and Irish farmers at the turn of the 19th century, a shoe style initially not accepted in the city. Over the years the unwritten sartorial rules have been rewritten and the cardinal sin of wearing brogues in the city has diminished.
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Andrew Handmade Whole Cut Oxford £99
A crafty old fox
The whole cut, the perfect dress shoe. Requiring a single stretch of leather that’s meticulously shaped over the last to present a seamless silhouette. Andrew is an Oxford shoe handcrafted from fine leathers and poised on a Blake stitched sole a lightweight and flexible alternative to the Goodyear Welt.
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Russell Leather Hiker Boots £99
Snowdon or Shoreditch?
The revival of the 90’s grunge scene has seen the hiker boot climb back to the top of the footwear trend and it shows no sign of slowing. Handsomely disrupting any well-groomed edit, the Russell ankle boots are crafted in pull-up leathers for a refined worn-in look.
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Leather Oxford Brogue £129
Broguing on an Oxford?
In times past, gents took to Oxfords with the traditionalist ethos the plainer the shoe the dressier the design, broguing would not be paired with an Oxford. Today, the unwritten style rules are changing, and the Oxford brogue has become a familiar sight amongst business edits, pair your wing-tip brogues with chinos and a buttoned-down collar.
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Casual Lace-Up Ankle Boot £89
Are you in distress?
The distressed ankle boot is tipped to be a key trend for 2020. Like a leather biker jacket, the boots channel cool, relaxed appeal to define your relaxed repertoire for years to come.
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Casual Leather Derby Brogue £89
Adding a little sole.
Give a guy the right pair of shoes and he can take on the morning commute, office meetings and then the weekend. Treading the line quality and function, the extra-lightweight sneaker soles up-scale the classic derby design lending a relaxed note to your office tailoring.
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Deakin Chelsea Boot £99
Suede or leather? Whatever the weather.
With a history dating back over two centuries, the Chelsea boot has remained a constant icon throughout the style history of Britain. Invented by J. Sparks-Hall, Royal Cobbler to Queen Victoria, the Chelsea Boots were known as a ‘Paddock Boot’ for equestrian and country pursuits. Since their creation, the Chelsea boots have dressed the likes of James Dean, The Beatles and alas the modern man of today. Crafted in your choice of polished leathers or rich suede, Deakin is constructed with a blake stitched sole and presented with a sleek almond toe, pair with slim-cut tailoring or pin-roll jeans for the perfect ode to their old-school past.
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Leather Tassel Loafer £99
The black-tie party-piece.
Black tie events are about following the rules, as one of the remaining formal dress-codes, no corners should be cut. With glossy style comes substance, team the patent leather loafer with the all-important tux, box-fresh shirt and crisp bow-tie for the eternally iconic black-tie look.
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Winter Boat Shoe £49
Always at the helm
No shoe encapsulates classic casual quite like the boat shoe. The boat shoe is back and set to make waves on the 2020 footwear scene and these will make an elevated stance on the preppy classic.