Friday, August 28, 2009
Reader Eric called this photo to my attention a few days ago. HRH Prince Charles is wearing a pair of (presumeably) older bespoke shoes, and the shoes have been patched.
Well, if I had ever seen patched shoes before they definitely were not on the feet of a prince. So I wrote Tony Gaziano of Gaziano & Girling to ask if this is a common sight among England's bespoke set.
Tony replied that patches are not an uncommon practice for older bespoke shoes. When the leather eventually rots and splits around the vamp it leaves a hole or tear. As Tony put it, "When the customer is so in love with the shoe that he does not want to throw it away, or even if he is try to save a few pounds by giving the shoe longer life, then we stitch a leather patch on the uppers, looking almost like a band aid/plaster. To be honest it looks better on black which is ok because most of the guys that would have this done come from an era where only black shoes were worn."
I learn something new every day.