*Fine – CHURCH’S “Custom Grade” CAPE BUCK All-Weather, Full Brogue, Suede, Monk Strap: 40.5D (US 7.5D)


  • Church’s English Shoes 
    Custom Grade”
    Brown, All-Weather, Full Wing-Tip Brogue “Cape Buck” Monk Strap
    Full “Danite All-Weather Rubber Sole
    Euro 440

    Church’s Brown Cape Buck Suede, in ever configuration, is one of the greatest English classic shoes. Every good shoemaker offers a brown suede but let there be no doubt, Church’s Cape Buck Monk Strap and their Full Brogue Oxford set and have set the standard for suede shoes for 50 years. The monk is one of the perhaps dozen basic gentleman’s shoes and tremendously versatile. I believe no wardrobe is complete without this model. Dressy and relaxed at the same time and quite commonly seen in London’s financial district, the “City”, the Brown Suede Monk is absolutely elegant for daytime business wear, pin or chalk-stripe suit, gray flannels and indeed the obvious, with all the possible country earth-tones. 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 particular pair, a full brogue monk, is the old and great Church’s „Custom Grade“ shoe, the shoe that made Church’s reputation, understandably rarely seen in the after-market; I see no more than two or three a year in all sizes combined. If this shoe, in this difficult-to-obtain size is your, do not hesitate.

    Althought the model has been in continuous production even to this day, and once sold for for £395, Euro 550 and US$ 620, the current prices under the new Prada management have gone up an astonishing 40%-50% for the same product, now topping £600, Euro 755, and USD 880.  This is the last moment in history to get your beloved Church’s shoes at something less than even the old prices. Go to the internet and read the outraged response by old clients.

    Size Details:

    Marked an UK 9.5F, thus a US 10.5E and a continental 44E, correct for the medium to slightly wider foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Superb, all-weather, all terrain, full Danite Soles and heels, modestly worn. Tops near new. A fine example of this classic shoe.
    Contrary to the conventional wisdom, high quality suede is very low maintenance. Even after the worst soiling, it can be easily rinsed, dried and, after a quick brushing, ready for use.

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