*Neuwertig – WILDSMITH, Cap-Toe Oxford Brogue: 44E (US 10.5E)
Size: 44-44.5 [US.10.5-11] [UK 9.5-10}
Styles: Evening/Formal, Oxfords
No. 13 Princess Arcade
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 gone. The long-time Wildsmith shop is now occupied by another shoemaker, Sanders. The remaining Mr. Wildsmith, I was informed, only traveles with the Hilditch & Key (shirt makers) trunk show. And the lastest news is that the 169 year old bespoke shoemaker Wildsmith is no more. The brand was purchased by Herring in November 2016, who will present a new range of shoes produced by Alfred Sargent or other English shoemakers. The pair shown here, however, is from the original Wildsmith and made to their exacting traditional standards.
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 and, more recently, by Crockett and Jones.
The particular model, very sleek and straight forward, is the ideal shoe for business or, indeed for formal wear, the most serious model in the repetoire. Beautifullm made, as you would expect from this great shoemaker, even to the finely detailed Flannel Travel Bags.
Size Details:UK 9..5F…..US 10.5E…..Continental 44E, for the medium to somewhat wider foot. th foot.
Appears to have been worn once ot twice to try on. Both tops and bottoms like new. Newwertig. Delivered with original Wildsmith Flannel Travel Bags.