STYLE | 05/11/2014 | TAJINDER HAYER
We all know that Northampton is home to the cream of UK shoemakers. Established brands like Crockett & Jones, Joseph Cheaney and Grenson all have their factories there. Another brand that excels in making shoes for men, also housed in the same space is Bodileys.
The first Bodileys store opened in 1919 in Northampton and since then the brand has become synonymous with producing excellent British shoes. In the 1970s, the brand gained its reputation as one of the most reliable producers of handmade British shoes. It is this handmade process, using traditional craftsmanship and age old techniques that makes the shoes special and have helped elevate the brand. Today, Bodileys export 80% of their shoes around the world. In the 1990s Bodileys were one of the first UK labels to pioneer the new huge Internet shopping market.
The London Collection, launched in 2013 represents a classic, elegant and versatile style. Designed by John Garner, formerly of Edward Green, the collection caters for the English gent wherever he may be. Like the rest of the range, they are all made in Northamptonshire and are handcrafted from traditional good year welted construction and each pair takes up to 8 weeks to manufacture. These styles show that there is really nothing better than a great pair of well made, English shoes. Below are just a couple of my favourites from the current collection:
London Collection Cadogan Black
Black Oxford shoes, hand finished and
super smart with a pinstripe navy suit.
Markham Monk Straps
Another highlight of the London Collection,
these come in a beautiful antique dark brown.
Chester Blue Suede
Blue suede (i.e. keep out of the rain)
but super rakish.
Portman Brown Suede
Another suede shoe, these are classic full
Shop my picks and the rest of the collection at www.bodileys.com