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2016.06.12

Churchill by G.J. Cleverley

Posted in Iconic by Hannes Rebas

Dandy without being foppish, this side-gusset full brogue model from time-honoured maker G.J. Cleverley is both practical and oozes old world English shoemaking tradition.

Originally designed for Sir Winston Churchill, it has become the classic house style of this family run West End house. While moderately elongated and chiseled, it retains a conservative last shape and features small-sized meticulously punched broguing, balanced arrangement of the different parts of the upper and a beautiful toe medallion in the typical Cleverley pattern.

Most popular with English and Japanese makers and clients, this type of shoe is also called lazy man’s oxford, sporting elastic side gussets (similar to what you would find on a chelsea boot) and faux oxford lacing. This gives it the look of a regular oxford when worn standing, while encompassing the practicality of loafers – making it an ideal companion for frequent flyers and gentlemanly lazybones alike. It also tends to be the kind of shoe that splits people into two camps: the naysayers seeing the faux lacing and deliberate ambivalence as a kind of heresy, others bestowing it high praise for not sacrificing formality for comfort.

The Churchill is available both as bespoke and ready-to-wear offerings, with high quality oak-bark tanned leather soles and uppers made from the finest European box calf leathers. The five eyelets are laced with decorative but non-functional leather laces. For the rakish man looking for something both formal and convenient, the G.J. Cleverley Churchill is and will always be a solid and exceptionally stylish choice.

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