Crafted on the smart TKS chisel toe last in an Italian oxblood Italian burnished calf, this semi-brogue can be considered the most informal oxford within our first collection. With the shoe lover in mind, the shoe is burnished by hand along the broguing on the quarters, throat and toebox for a visual depth that can only be matched by boxcalf with years of wear and countless polishing sessions. The rustic colour is contrasted by the sharp angles and graceful contours of the last which keep it city appropriate and probably best suited to casual suiting and separates.
As with the best ready-to-wear shoes, ours are handwelted with a lip cut directly into a thick insole rather than a glued-in canvas rib to which the welt is hand sewn to for enhanced longevity without having to worry about canvas rib slippage or glue coming loose. This means the shoes can theoretically be resoled more times and offer elevated comfort and support from 8-10mm thick leather insoles compared to standard cork filling (from Goodyear shoes) that cushion the footbed. Aesthetically, the waist can be trimmed closer to the upper to make a distinct beveled waist that is typically associated with bespoke shoes. Our outsoles are then machine sewn to the welt to keep the cost competitive offering what we feel is a perfect balance of quality and cost. The outsoles are decorated with Clematis’ signature faux fiddleback and leaf shaped rubber heel counter as a nod to the master.