*EDWARD GREEN for Wildsmith, Full Brogue Slip-on:41.5D.
€740.00VENDU à Monsieur T. de T., Monaco
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Brogues, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Loafers
No.41 Duke Street, St. James, London
Full Wing-Tip Brogue Slip-On
The Wildsmith family is said to have been in the shoe trade for 7 generations. The firm, last located in their premises at No 13 in the elegant Princess Arcade off Jermyn Street, the hotbed of bespoke shirt and shoemakers, is no more. The long-time Wildsmith shop is now occupied by another shoemaker, Sanders. The remaining Mr. Wildsmith, I am informed, now only travels with the Hilditch & Key (shirt makers) trunk show. The shoe shown here is of an even earlier vintage, dating from the Wildsmith’s traditional Duke Street location.
Wildsmith was long well know as a bespoke shoemaker, and like other inner-city firms even today -John Lobb is a good example- measured the client, settled with him on the design and materials but farmed the actual work out to small “cottage” workrooms elsewhere in England. It is interesting to speculate what the difference of fit and finish would be between two pairs of shoes ordered from the same firm but executed by two different workshops.
In more recent years Wildsmith marketed ready to wear shoes made for them by, first, Edward Green, as in this shoe, and, more recently, by Crockett and Jones.
The quality of Edward Green’s modelling and workmanship are beautifully represented here, and the choice of leather and colour are incomparable. This is a very lovely shoe; very handsome under trousers.
Size Details:UK 8E…..US 8.5D…..Continental 41.5D for the medium width foot. Normally I would call a UK 8 a Continental 42, but in this case it lies between a 41.5 and a 42. To avoid disappointing anyone, let me say in advance that this is the one and only pair I have to offer of this shoe.
Fully restored with full leather sole and combination heel with hand-set nails...and not worn since. Sold without trees.