Multi-colored shoes seem to be the thing this year, at least they are at Edward Green which is for the first time in recent memory making an effort to market its products. This may be because that venerable firm has finally decided that remaining invisible while the upstarts in its market get all the attention is not the best business but whatever the reason it is good to see what I consider the best of the Northampton shoemakers join the conversation.
Now I will say that when it comes to this "best" thing that I have not actually seen Alfred Sargent's recent production. But, without question, Edward Green continues to have the broadest set of models, features, leathers and colors of the Northampton makers and a production quality that is with John Lobb (Paris) one of the two best that I have laid my eyes on.
At any rate, as I wrote, EG's new thing appears to be color. The firm collaborated with design firm Hardy Amies to produce four models in a palette of blues, greys and burgundies that are available at Edward Green's Jermyn Street shop in London as well as on display at the Amies studio on Savile Row. They include (from back to front in the photo) a version of the Chelsea in burgundy and slate; the Shannon boot in either midnight and twilight, burgundy and old rose, or slate and black; a Picadilly slip-on in three tones of either blue or slate; and a Falkirk in either midnight blue and twilight or slate and black.
I for one am glad to see them making an effort.
Photo: Edward Green