Time for the annual review of some current winter sales. As competition in the classic shoe market increases with more brands and more retailers, we also see more and better sales. For example, a few years ago we basically never saw sales in the brand’s own online stores, which are common today. Us customers are the winners. Also shortly about the first Japanese Championships in Shoe Shining.
French Matthew Cookson has a number of models in which they have odd sizes left on sale, and they are well-reduced, in many cases with more than half the price. For example, you can get their shoes made by Crockett & Jones for less than €200 (reduced from €490), and shoes made by Santoni at the same price (reduced from € 550). Really chance for a bargain if you find a model you like in your size.
British manufacturer Cheaney has had some major sales in recent seasons, both in their own stores and on the web. Now they have about 80 models reduced by around 25%, and often there are quite a few sizes left. There’s also some models in extra narrow or extra wide lasts on sale.
The luxury fashion giant, Mr. Porter, has become better at classic shoes in recent years, and nowadays has a wide offering in several different price ranges. Not many sizes in the models on sale, but luckily you can find brands like John Lobb, Gaziano & Girling, Edward Green, Heschung, Tricker’s, Viberg, Berluti and others at between 30-50% off.
A perhaps not too well-known Swiss brand is Le Majordome, whose Goodyear welted shoes in the mid price range are manufactured in Spain. Nice models on nice lasts and with a good mix of traditional and slightly more daring models. On sale now is the winter collection which consists mainly of boots and some heavier derbys, reduced by about 30%, to about €300 for some.
The Irish shop Robinson’s Shoes often has a big sale, so also this time. It’s all-in British, from brands like Alfred Sargent, Loake and Tricker’s, as well as a lot from their own range produced in Northampton belonging to the budget segment, and at about 30% off it becomes a good deal.
J. FitzPatrick Footwear
American/British/Spanish brand J. FitzPatrick has a 25% discount on models not included in the core offering, while the latter are also reduced by 10%. For example, you can get the brand’s real button boots for just a bit over €300, which is quite good.
New & Lingwood
British New & Lingwood (who together with Herring Shoes, Pediwear and Shipton & Heneage often are part of these reviews, these three also have good sales on now) have a nice sale this year, with many models being reduced with in most cases 100 pounds, which means about 30% off.
As usual, please write down more tips on good sales in the comments field below!
As you might know Japanese expert shoe shiner Yuya Hasegawa, who runs the Brift H shoe shining bars, won the first World Championships in Shoe Shining last year, where the final took place at the London Super Trunk Show (the 2018 edition will be held on April 7, don’t miss that, more info soon). Now Yuya Hasegawa is organising the first Japanese Championships in Shoe Shining, which he is doing in collaboration with the luxury department store Mitsukoshi in Ginza, Tokyo. Exactly like in the World Championships and the predecessor Swedish Championship they will polish one shoe for 20 minutes. Qualification is a bit different though, with qualifications in Brift H shops where 16 contestants are selected for a semi final, and then 4 will qualify for the final, which takes place on January 27. Great to see that shining competitions spread (Russia held the first championship last year)!