*CHURCH’S “Custom Grade” Cape Buck Suede Full Brogue Oxford: 42E (US 9E)
Church’s English Shoes
Cape Buck Suede Full Wing Tip Oxford Brogue
Church’s Brown Cape Buck Suede Oxford Brogue is one of the greatest English classic shoes and sets the standard for all others of the type. Every good shoemaker offers a brown suede full brogue but let there be no doubt, Church’s Suede Oxford sets and has set the standard for suede shoes for 50 years. It is one of the perhaps dozen basic gentleman’s shoes and tremendously versatile. I believe no wardrobe is complete without this model. Both dressy and relaxed and quite commonly seen in London’s financial district, the “City”, the Brown Suede Oxford is absolutely correct for daytime business wear, pin or chalk-stripe suit, gray flannels and indeed the obvious, with all the possible country earth-tones. Opinions vary, of course, and for the timid, or those first seeking entrance to the “Square Mile”, black may be the safer choice for business. For others, what is good enough for the late Prince of Wales and the late lamented Fred Astaire, may well be good enough. Finally, I find my Suede shoes improve with age and weathering; they become more handsome with a few years and miles on them and are simple to maintain; just wait until dry and brush and wear!
This is the old and great Church’s „Custom Grade“ shoe, the shoe that made Church’s reputation, Understandably it is rarely seen in the after market; I see no more than two or three good examples a year in all sizes combined. If this shoe is your size, do not hesitate.
NOTE: In 1999, Prada bought Church’s and, more recently, announced a price hike, across the entire line, of 40%. This is not a typographical error; yes, 40%.! This does not represent an adjustment for inflation. This is a complete repositioning of the brand in another price bracket, into the bracket at which Prada is most at home. As an example of the price increase, a standard oxford that once cost £495, now costs £720. In the US, some models top $1200..….and you had best be careful you are buying an English-made, Custom Grade shoe. In short, a word to the wise, the time to acquire our beloved real Church’s in now….and here at the old prices.
Size Details:US 9E....UK 8F and a continental 42E, correct for the medium to somewhat wider foot.
A fine lightly worn example of this classic.