When asked to quantify what I like about Saint Crispin’s shoes this morning, I realised that it had nothing to do with style, nothing about the sharpness of line or elegance or sophistication. Rather, it is a solidity, a reassuring heft of a shoe that can take all of my not insubstantial weight and remain true to it’s original last.
Constructed in the classic Austro-Hungarian style, with full and heavy Redenbach soles, and firm counters that run thr entirity of the shoe, the uppers on Saint Crispin’s stay as shaped through the waist and neat in the heel as new throughout their long lives. They are an example of over-engineering at its best, a shoe made to be worn and worn, and to live a long life between resolings.
Now with two design collaborations on their books - Koji Suzuki of Spigola Kobe, and myself at The Armoury - the range of models available has grown to include a host of classic models that marry classic English shoe making with their beautiful make.
Today and tomorrow, Phillip Car of Saint Crispin’s will be in Drake’s of London on Clifford Street, taking orders and measurements for custom shoes, and presenting the first ready to wear range by Saint Crispin’s that has been designed by Koji Suzuki. In the image above I am wearing the 5 eyelet Derby that Koji has designed, made upon my custom last.
Whether it is for yourself, or a gift for someone well deserving this Christmas, if you are in London take the time to meet Phillip and my partner in crime Mark, and get some shoes made that will travel a long way down the road with you.