Female fans of mannish footwear are jumping for joy this week as Church’s, purveyors of finest brogues, open their first ever shop devoted entirely to women’s shoes. Church’s are to brogues what Doc Martens are to lace-up boots and Birkenstocks are to comfortable sandals – not the only suppliers, but the definitive ones.
Good quality super-smart traditional brogues – the kind that you are intended to polish regularly and will last you a lifetime have been in vogue in a big way this year, thanks to tomboy dressers like Coco Sumner, Alexa Chung and Florence and her Machine. Victor Voctoria herself, Tilda Swinton, is a particular fan of traditional Church’s brogues.
Susie Bubble of Style Bubble loves her studded, tassled Church's
Church’s originates from Northampton, the English town with more historical ties to shoe making than any other. The new shop on London’s New Bond Street will be reassuringly traditional with a classic cherry wood interior. ‘Church's have stayed true to their design ethos and created only traditional flat shoes in the form of lace-ups and brogues, cut specially for a woman's foot,’ they say.
But they do more simple styles as well . . .
Sounds almost impossibly civilised to us. We’ll definitely be paying them a visit, when we get our pocket money.
- Naomi Attwood