Monday, November 15, 2010
If proof were necessary that a man can have too many shoes it was obvious when I took delivery of the most recent pair of slipons. The shoes in the photo, samples by SW1 for A Suitable Wardrobe, arrived last week (see Goodyear Lasted in Florence). They looked awfully familiar, as they should since they turn out to be nearly identical externally to a bespoke pair that George Cleverley made for me earlier this year.
That is mixed news as I have been wearing the Cleverleys to the suburbs once or twice a week lately, and the Vendomes will take up half of that duty. The two are remarkably similar.The color is a few shades darker, and the strap across the apron shaped a little differently, but the only real way to tell them apart is that the Vendomes have a machine-lasted welt which is not cut as close as is the welt on their hand-lasted relations. Nonetheless, with their hand-stitched apron the Vendomes look at least as good as Northampton shoes from the likes of Edward Green and the price is somewhat better.
Indeed, I like them so much that I am inclined to order a pair of the Vendome Demi-Brogue, which is the same shoe with a row of punches on each side of the strap, in either chestnut or dark brown. And then there is the monkstrap...
Perhaps there are never too many shoes.