"That Northampton factory, which employs about 400 people, has been modernised. And as well applying the formula of international retail to a stolid British shoemaker, Prada have given it a fashion patina. This summer, it opened a women's shoe shop just down the road from the men's flagship on Bond Street.
Three years ago, it dug around in the Church's archive and found magnificent, 1929 two-tone brogues - with unnecessary tassels. This they whisked back to Milan, and set about recreating. Now the Italian-made Church's Shanghai shoe - which comes in at £530 - is one of its most in-demand lines."
In your example, the buckle is different, as is the cut of the shoes (church is lower profile), the position of kiltie, style of medalion, and the distress work. This is actually less of a "blatant copy" than many other examples.
Stripped of the cunning artifices of the tailor, and standing forth in the garb of Eden - what a sorry set of round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, crane-necked varlets would civilized men appear. ~ Herman Melville
ALSO, keep in mind the shoe-making landscape is changing. There are a LOT of pretty good Asian makers who are venturing out to try to challenge the higher end UK makers. Their prices are often much lower, while the quality of materials and construction is getting better and better.
I try to stay in contact with shoe lovers of all kinds. I personally favor handmade Italian Norvegese & Bentivegna stitched shoes (for modern), and 1930's- 1950's US shoes. To keep up with the other brands, I rely on others I know who purchase the other brands and types. I like to compare notes later in order to get a good impression of what the shoe industry is as a whole.
Last edited by Isshinryu101; 06-28-2012 at 04:21 AM.
welcome to the FJ exotics club!
semi-trashed Weyenberg 'Olympics'...
can anyone put a date on them ?