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Tag: handsewn shoes

Edward Green Dover

The Dover is without doubt the quintessential Edward Green shoe. Tales of its handsewn apron and reverse split toe are legendary and rightfully so. Each is sewn by expert craftsmen who use pigs bristles rather than metal needles.

The preparation of the thread itself is a major undertaking combining several long strands and bonding them with wax then splitting the end of the bristle and lashing the thread to it.

So much of what goes into finely crafted shoes is taken for granted. It’s difficult to appreciate the level of skill, time and artisan-ship it takes to produce a pair if you haven’t seen it first hand. It’s remarkable really that in today’s high tech, automated world there are products which are still made by way of tradition. Something’s are best left unchanged.

Here are several Dover’s, that we recently received for clients. All of which were made to order.

Chestnut Antique 82 Last, HAF Soles

Burgundy Antique/Mahogany Country Calf 82 Last, Single Soles

Coffee Suede 606 Last, Dainite Soles

Walnut Country Calf  606 Last, Dainite Soles

Edwardian Antique 606 Last, HAF Soles

Edwardian Antique/Almond Country Calf 606 Last, Dainite Soles

Take Ivy

“Take Ivy,” is a photo-book released in 1965 featuring photos by T. Hayashida of Ivy League campuses. The book is considered to be the bible of the Ivy League look in Japan. Thus inspired we created our original Leffot “Ivy” loafer in homage to the coolest loafer of the sixties, the “Venetian”.

Clean, smooth and simple this loafer is much more than it appears to be on the surface. Made of  Genuine Horween unlined shell cordovan they are incredibly supple, flexible and light, a joy to slip on and loaf around in. The amount of handwork that goes into a simple pair like these is staggering. Made in Maine and completely hand sewn these shoes are made on true moccasin construction so your feet are wrapped in cordovan top and bottom. In addition it takes the sewer 70% more time to sew a cordovan shoe because there is simply NO margin for error.

Unlined shell cordovan loafers are not easily found. We think you’ll agree these may well be the perfect shoe for spring and summer wear.

These shoes are available in Natural, Dark Cognac, Navy and Color 6 in US sizes Medium widths.

“Ivy” Unglazed Natural Cordovan

“Ivy” Dark Cognac Cordovan