It may be only July, but the itinerant bespoke makers are thinking about their second half tours already. George Glasgow Jr. of shoemakers George Cleverley wrote to say his firm would be featuring the Astaire model in the photo on their mid-September trip to Tokyo, Singapore and, apparently for the first time ever, Hong Kong. The two tie blucher was made by the late George Cleverley for, no surprise, Astaire himself.
As it happens the two tie blucher in black is also my favorite summer dress shoe. Mine of course are humble calf, unlike the exotic skinned version in the photo, but the design makes up into a lightweight, rather small shoe whose proportions seem just right under the lighter weight trousers of the season.
Photo: G & J Cleverley & Co.