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25-08-2013 10:53 PM
Black toe capped Oxford shoes
I'm looking for a black toe capped Oxford shoe for my future job interviews and hopefully for my new job. Since this is one of the most versatile shoe I am looking for a fairly good quality one for around £150 or less.
So far I have only looked at Charles tywitt. They do a pair for £99 but it seems to be quite plasticky to me. Another is £179 but I'm unsure if Charles tywitt shoes are any good as I have heard mixed reviews.
Any suggestions for a quality pair of shoes that will last some time.
25-08-2013 11:03 PM
Florsheim makes a very classic shoes with low cost. It is very comfortable too. I don't know if it is available in UK.
26-08-2013 09:41 AM
I would recommend, if you can make the trip, to go to Northampton for the factory stores. They sell overstock and seconds (usually seconds are near perfect and pretty much unnoticeable to anyone, like a small scuff in the leather upper etc). A good pair of goodyear welted shoes will last you a lifetime if properly cared for, and are more economical than buying a pair of 30-50 pounds shoes every 1-2 years.
Considering your budget the shoes that you could get in your price range would probably be:
If your budget can go a bit further have a look at
Crockett & Jones
Here is a list of the factory stores
Just for you to get an idea on prices there is a eBay seller http://stores.eBay.co.uk/ELITE-FORUM?_rdc=1 that buys from these factory outlets and probably adds around 30-40% for resale.
Good luck finding some Oxfords.
Personally I would recommend looking at the Crockett & Jones Hallam (which comes with an option of having danite rubber soles, useful if you want to wear them when the weather gets wetter).
Last edited by CharlesQ; 26-08-2013 at 09:44 AM.
26-08-2013 05:24 PM
Clarks do very good quality shoes at good prices. I have just bought the 'Glint Street' black derbies and am very impressed with them.
27-08-2013 12:00 AM
Thank for the rey guys that very helpful. I may actually consider going up to Northampton, it's an hr away from me and seems to be worth the trip.
27-08-2013 07:25 PM
Try and go on a Friday morning thats when they are all open (as C&J is only open on a Friday/Sat) and they will have the latest stock (on some occasions you have queues waiting for the shop to open). Good luck picking up some nice shoes. Also when you get your shoes it would be great to post a picture!
28-08-2013 01:07 AM
Cheers mate for the heads up. I will definately post some pics!
03-09-2013 01:21 PM
If you don't make it to Northampton and their factory sales, I'd always suggest Loake. They are a Northampton shoe maker and even full price tend to come in about £150. They have a number of different toe cap Oxfords for sale from a basic unfussy model to sleeker, more dressy ones.
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06-09-2013 09:02 PM
Today I decided to take a the long awaited trip to Northampton. As I live in North London it was a mere hour away and so I thought it was worth the trip, any longer and I would really have to reconsider!
After scouring around other forums I decided that the best shops to go to were Crockett & Jones, Barkers and Cheaneys. My plan was to first go to C & J and then the following two, ending with Cheaneys.
I left at around 12 as I was busy in the morning and arrived at C & J at 1pm. Unfortunately they open at 2pm on Fridays (the link that CharlesQ posted is a little outdated). So I headed out to Barkers which took around 18mins.
The entrance was very welcoming and had some very nice displays as shown in the pictures below.
The ladies who worked there were also very welcoming and showed me around to the size 7 rack. I was a little disappointed by the selection as there weren't very many shoes in my size (7F) and i couldn't find a 'round' Oxford toe cap. The only one available was an Oxford however the toe cap was pointy/squared. The prices were very decent, many were in the low hundred around 40% discount, as for the slight seconds I didn't think that the discounts were that great, 10-20% There wasn't anything that appealed to me in my size or anything I needed so I had a look around and left.
As I went back to my car the phone battery was quite low and I completely forgot to bring the charger. Since I rely on the phones GPS to get me to other shops and back home I decided to skip Cheaneys as it was quite a drive away and returned to C&J, if I. I arrived just past 2pm and there were already quite a few people inside. The room was very plain, the size of a Victorian house living room with racks of shoes along two walls, seating near the window and the counter near the entrance. It was certainly not as well presented as Barkers!
The selection was very limited however the shoes were beautiful and I immediately spotted and grabbed a very nice chestnut monkton monk strap. (note: when you first enter and you see an item that catches your attention do try and grab them before other people do as the selection is very limited and you may not get a second chance!) The monk strap felt and looked great and so I decided to keep them for now.
I then tried on some halam Oxfords, the attention to detail was astonishing and it looked superb however it felt slightly loose and wasn't as comfortable as I thought it would be. I asked for a size lower unfortunately they didn't have any in stock. I then spotted a Arden Oxford in size 6.5 and it fitted perfectly. I don't normally go for any detailing around the toe cap but it fit so well that was the least of my concern. I spent an hour trying them on and having a look at a few other shoes. In the end I purchased the two shoes and went back home, happy with my purchases.
http://i.imgur.com/SGE5F3ol.jpg My collection of quality shoes so far!
Arden Oxfords: Black Calf Leather Sole - £150
Monkton Monkstraps: Chestnut Burnished Calf Leather Sole - £180
Both retails for around £350
Thanks all and especially CharlesQ
Last edited by Devilish; 06-09-2013 at 09:20 PM.
07-09-2013 07:40 AM
That's really good that your trip was a success, as it can be hit or miss. They both look really good and the Arden adds a bit of character with the punch details while remaining true to an oxford for formal engagements and you can also work a high shine on them if required. The chestnut monkstraps look great as well, and you will find that they will look even better over time as the shoe develops its natural patina. Slowly break them both in by wearing them in the house, and the leather should eventually shape itself to your feet and be your most comfortable pairs of shoes. Great to see all the pictures as well.