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In 1932, Mr. Reginald Murray Williams handcrafted his first pair of leather shoes.
Made from one piece of leather, with a single seam at the back, they’re made the
same way today through over 80 hand-held processes in the factory in Adelaide, Australia.
The design concept came from a desire to create a boot that could endure long, exhausting days in the unforgiving Australian outback. These are built to last and are always made by hand with the finest leathers and Goodyear welting.
Despite not being in the Australian outback, they’ve become one of those iconic brands at the Golden Boot. Although having a broader, more varied customer than Jeffery West, they have a certain feel about them, and a surprising versatility.
I’d imagine them on the feet of a check shirt and battered jeans wearing man. As the heat rises and the dust settles, the deep-set creases in his brow tell tales of long days and endless nights. His hands as tough as his old RM Williams boots…but apparently, city dudes love these too. The stories are more train station, court-room or building site based, but they’re loved all the same.
Our collection includes the Comfort Craftsman, and Stockyard boots. They come in various leathers and suede, and look great with basically everything. In the 40s and 50s, RM Williams introduced a range of clothing, some of which we stock in the shop too. Choose from classic shirts, belts, and leather after-care products. Pay us a visit and take home your own piece of Australia!
Our very own Ed, who holds the fort at Golden Boot and loves any DIY project he can get his hands on, swears by his Stockyard boots.
They really have been through the wars, and made it through the huge project, that was building a new women’s department, and they’re only now starting to get a little tired. Fear not though Ed! RM Williams offer a repair service. They’ll be sent back for them to be re-soled, re-stitched and re-buffed, ready for them to ‘be sent back into the world by the hands that made them’. How ideal! Check out the videos to find out more, although I challenge you not to read the rest of this blog in an Australian accent if you do…
Another classic style is the Craftsman ‘Yearling’ boot.
Crafted in the same shape, but made with a classic leather sole, these guys are timeless, sleek and super smart.
They also come with a tin of Stockman’s polish, as that leather needs some love. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll mention it again. And as an added bonus, there’s FREE UK delivery on all RM Williams boots ! The team in the men’s department at GB really know their stuff, and if you’re concerned about fitting, then pop in, have a coffee and a chat and try a few pairs on.
Until next time…mate.
March is an odd inbetweeny time when it comes to footwear. It’s still a bit chilly (I’m holding out for the day to come soon when I don’t have to wear a coat) but the sun is slowly making an appearance. Shop rails are full of brighter colour palettes and those camel chinos are calling. Shoes however, must not be forgotten at this point. Heavy black footwear doesn’t sit right with a spring or summer wardrobe, and why wait for espadrille weather when there is so much choice? Lighter options from the Men’s New Collection are filling the shelves here at Golden Boot.
Our very own Golden Boot Mulgrave is available in blue and dark red. The upper is a supple suede with a punched vamp, the lining is leather and the sole is a sturdy rubber. They’re comfortable, light, and will add just a touch of colour to an everyday outfit.
Golden Boot Reeve is another suede option. This perfect penny loafer will take you from the office to post-work dinner. They come in blue and black (with surprisingly colourful linings) and work well with chinos in spring or shorts in the summer.
Planning a holiday? Grab a pair of Pikolinos. Talking of holidays, Sebago haven’t let us down on the deck shoe front. The quintessentially preppy design is an absolute sell out every summer, and you don’t even have to own your own boat to wear a pair.
If you’re on the go all weekend, then take a look at Nebula A from Geox. The breathable sole unit has been designed specifically with your super active feet in mind.
They come in charcoal or navy suede and have flexible elastic straps across the front, making them comfortable and practical.
For more formal occasions check out Tucano from Anatomic Gel. They come in various colours and are well-known and loved for their comfort and practicality. Little details like the contrasted stitching and laces make them a great addition to a smart spring outfit, and being a leather brogue, they’re transferable from season to season.
If you’re heading out out, and really want to make a statement, then who else do we talk about other than Jeffery West? Harbour has just landed in the store – a beautiful Derby wingtip as part of their Goodyear Welted collection.
They feature a woven leather vamp and tongue, a red leather insole, embossed leather sole and those signature diamond punches on the edges and toe box. If you’re feeling extra showy then go bold with the aptly named Flash.
The time has come to shake off the winter blues and pack the boots in the cupboard for the new season. Those bright and beautiful skies are here, and the arrival of our spring and summer collections is giving us lots to shout about. Okay, so it’s not quite sandal weather yet, but what about something a little lighter?
For work, take a look at the loafers. If you’re feeling super smart then head for our very own Golden Boot 3973 Turville. They have a beautiful, traditional feel, and are available in tan, navy or a creamy patent.
Gabor offer Isabelle 64.2211, a more casual option in a dusty pink suede, with a brilliantly white sole unit.
If you’re after something that’s easy to wear and a little bit of fun, then you’ll adore 3615 Lozoya from Wonders. They’ve got a chunky white sole outlined with jute, sweet tassels on the front, a little bit of broguing and plenty of glitter.
For something a little more eye-catching, we have Majestic from Ash. Its silver leather upper brandishes bright metallic stars, and will certainly draw some attention.
New in from Tamaris is the perfect slip-on sneaker – 24609 Aster, available in black and ivory. The elegantly shaped front is covered in diamontes, so you can sparkle your way through the week.
If you’re feeling bold then 6107 Carrion from Wonders are ideal. You can’t miss them…wear them with a sweet pencil dress in high summer – they’re a great alternative to heels for a wedding, with their delicately scalloped topline.
Hispanitas 74822 Macadam are beautiful with light blue jeans,
and Epworth 62.421 from Gabor offer another brightly coloured alternative, with a little wedge heel.
We’re getting some beautiful heels in for the summer. If you’re starting to think about wedding outfits then now is the time to start browsing shoes and bags. Year after year Peter Kaiser offer their well-loved classic shapes, and this season is no different. 75310 Dalia from Hispanitas is an ideal loafer-heel go between. The chunky silver chain across the front sits perfectly with the colour matched block heel. Dalia is available in black suede and patent combi, or a simple nude.
It’s not easy being a teenager. The transition from child to young adult is a roller coaster to say the least. We’ve all been there, it’s just easy to forget how confusing, frustrating and seemingly never ending it is.
The Golden Boot team has seen it all. Tears, strops, tantrums, the full on screaming ab dabs. You name it; they’ve dealt with it. So parents be assured and comforted in the knowledge that you are not alone. Let’s all just take a minute. Aaaand breathe.
The summer holidays have started, and you know that day is going to come creeping up on you. New shirts, new socks, new pencil case and ink cartridges, new book bag, new shin pads. Lunch. New coat, new name labels…new shoes…
The middle child just wants a pair of those cardboard pumps I’ve spoken about before, but the school won’t allow it. She’s hit 13 and knows more than you do. Obviously. The eldest just is in dire need of a pair of slip on loafers to go with his new ‘Year 10’ look. Let’s take a look at what the options are. Ladies first…
These are cute t-bar shoes with a detachable fringe front and a chucky, substantial sole unit. You can essentially have two pairs of delightful shoes for the price of one!
A great seller for the past couple of years from Clarks, has been Hamble Oak. It comes in leather and patent and is a super smart, formal brogue style shoe, with pretty detailing, laces and a small heel rise.
Pumps have become a sort of swear word for a lot of people, but there’s no reason for them to be. In the children’s range we have ?? a sweet and simple ballet pump shoe with a bow on the front. The only thing to consider when purchasing this pair, is that they can’t be fitted with growing room. When shoes have laces, straps or Velcro fastenings, we’re able to give a little more toe-wiggling room to accommodate for the next couple of months. If we did this with a pair of pumps they would fall off. Simple as. That said however, they look smart, wear well and are comfortable. Win!
If you’re into patent, then Startrite Eliza is the one for you. She’s chunky, with a cute t-bar and cut out details across the front.
When it comes to the lads in the room, we also have some great choices. The options from the men’s department are limited, as men’s shoe lasts are made very differently. They are all round considerably bigger, but if your young man is after a smarter style, as he gets older, we have a few to choose from.
Startrite Times is a lace up with a slightly tapered shape. The leather is soft and malleable, so they’ll be fitting like a glove in no time.
Or go for ??. This has a squarer toe and a plain front. Simple, sleek and smart.
If you’re after a chunkier style then we have just the one, Clarks Mayes Walk BL.
This chunky sole will keep you going for a while (no footy though). It’s a lace up with a smart appearance and a super comfy cushioned top collar.
If you’re in doubt, just ask. We will always do our absolute best to make sure your growing adults go away with something they love to wear and love to look at. Come in a see us!
We’ve introduced some wonderfully unusual brands to the store this season, and Chie Mihara is one of them. They’re designed by women, for women, so they’re feminine beautiful and above all, comfortable.
Chie draws inspiration from vintage fashion. Everything from dainty 1930s designs to bold colours of the 1980s can be found in these shoes. As she’s travelled the world she’s managed to hand-pick the best aspects of design from each country. From Brazil, come fun, frolics and femininity. Japan’s forward thinking, innovative and meticulous design structure make the functionality possible for each pair. Having stomped about the US, the appreciation for comfort and practicality was developed and heading to Spain, meant each product was hand crafted to the absolute highest standards, with the best quality materials.
The unexpected shapes and lines of this season’s collection are perfectly met with beautiful, textured materials; grained leather, hand brushed suede, napa leather, lizard embossed. The colours range from nude to dark brown, and even involve a rich burgundy.
Fan is a classic example of those 1930s influences. The heel is the ideal shape for shake, rattle and rolling, but the top line is where this shoe gets really interesting.
The lines create just enough intrigue to flatter natural shape of the foot, and the fabric choice adds a bolder touch. Add in a pretty ankle strap and peep toe, and we have, ladies and gentleman, the ideal summer wedding/hen party/soiree/lindyhop heel.
Juver is a real looker, with a chunkier feel. The heel is less shaped and they feature a small wood-look platform. This is where those beautiful colour combinations come in. That rich burgundy is matched with a soft, off white.
The adjustable buckle just skims under the anklebone, and the fresh front strap creates a stunning shape, just creeping up onto the arch of the foot. Available in 37-39 (they’re running out, quick!)
This last style, Rossa, is truly indicative of that 70s/80s vibe previously mentioned.
That vibrant orange suede is more than eye catching, and the shaping of the top line is organic and flower like, again, creating a lovely shape on the arch of the foot and at the toe. The heel is the chunkiest and tallest of them all, and cannot be ignored.
Like all of these styles, the inner is leather, for that comfort we all crave and the ankle strap is fully adjustable. Available in sizes 37-40.
These are just a few of the beauties available. You’re going to have to take a visit to our BRAND NEW women’s department to find out more. Yes. I did say brand new women’s department…
Chelsea Flower Show is always an exciting time for gardeners, growers, florists, landscapers, vegetable lovers and anyone with an appreciation for nature’s beauty.
Every year seems to surpass the last, and this year was no exeption…
Having been a florist for 20 years and a regular CFS attendee for 30 years, Jackie Brooks was the perfect lady to test out a pair of our sandals, and see how they’d hold up after a long day browsing and admiring what this year’s show had to offer.
Jackie wore Gabor Karen 42.824.50 ; a beautiful white leather wedge sandal, with a bold silver buckle on the ankle strap.
Now, those of you who have been to Chelsea Flower show before will know. This event is BIG! There is so much to see, which also means so much risk of that horrible ‘soles on fire’ thing I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, but Jackie explained that she was genuinely surprised at the comfort level. The leather lining and cushioned foot bed will help this, but walkability scored high on the scale as well, especially for a first time wear. For a lady who runs her own floristry business, Jackie appreciates the absolute importance of comfort and wearability, but also wanted to look relatively smart/casual for this event, and Gabor Karen 42.824.50 worked perfectly.
Jackie wore them with cropped white jeans and a sweet printed blouse and mentioned that she now wants them in a different colour too…Luckily for Jackie, we also stock them in tan!
If you didn’t get the chance to go this year, take a look at some of Jackie’s highlights…
Tickets and Gianni Conti 913206 bag at the ready…
Meet Jackie’s Mum, fitting in with the display perfectly!
Bright and vibrant colour palettes were in abundance this year, demonstrated in carnival style headdresses and a huge peacock.
The biggest Dubarry boot we’ve ever seen
Gold Medal for comfort and style!
Take a look at our Gabor range online or pop in store…
Images: Jackie Brooks www.jackiebrooksflorist.co.uk/
Mark Jeffery and Guy West. Two childhood friends with a vision of creating astoundingly unique footwear. With an upbringing enshrouded in the shoe-making history of Northampton, these guys went from re-purposing end-of- line shoes to developing a brand that has now gone state-side.
After years of not being taken seriously, Jeffery-West was established and founded in 1987, and encapsulates both the antiquity of the Northampton shoe and leather industries, and their unrelenting innovation and creativity.
At first, one may only see the brightly coloured leather, the boldy-shaped diamond punching…
The skull-wielding women on the lining and the last shapes so long and pointy they could take your eye out. Look harder. These shoes have not forgotten their history. The lines are sleek and classic, the quality of production is second to none, and the attention to detail is impeccable.
Don’t mistake the flamboyance for ignorance; these boys know their stuff, and their passion is woven into every single stitch; elegance meets cutting edge design. Time old craftsmanship shakes hands with innovation.
You only have to take a peek at their website to understand what Jeffery-West are about. Black and white images of soirees and stocking adorned women are matched with red, gothic text, and we haven’t even mentioned the canes or spankers…oops. Too late…They do offer other extras (easy now) such as wallets, umbrellas, gloves, belts, socks and coloured laces, each depicting that signature Jeffey-West style and attitude.
Talking of style and attitude, I was lucky enough to have a chat with Sharon, from the men’s department. I’m sure she was thrilled to have me chasing her around the shop with a notebook on a busy Saturday morning…(sorry!) but she knows all there is to know about these shoes and her customers. The moment you step into the menswear shop, the neo-gothic display can’t help but catch your eye. It’s intriguing, fascinating.
It lures you in with a perfectly manicured ‘come hither’ hand gesture. I mean, these shoes. They’re sexy!
Something Sharon has picked up on is how a pair of these shoes can change a man. She compares it to how some women feel when they put on a brand new pair of killer heels.
These guys stand up, check themselves out in the mirror and the shoulders go back, the chest puffs out a little, chin is raised, and the next thing they know they’re striding out of the shop into the high street beyond with a Golden Boot bag in hand and a few extra stamps on their loyalty card.
Sharon explained that Jeffery-West is about more than the shoes themselves. This is a lifestyle. Various last shapes have been named after famous influencers. Keith Richards, Steve Marriot, Terence Stamp, Oliver Reed, Peter O-Toole, Brian Jones, Jarvis Cocker, Bryan Ferry, Roger Moore…the list goes on! The design inspiration is derived from Victorian and Gothic architecture, biker gangs and flamboyant, verging on bizzare rogues throughout history.
I imagine many of the customers to be the same. Not that any of you are bizzare, but I wonder whether there is a certain characteristic that creates a desire to purchase a pair I imagine many of the customers to be the same.
An eye and appreciation for detail is a must. The tiny skull head zippers, and intricate diamond punching cannot go unseen. From the heel shape to the sole engraving, everything has been exquisitely considered.
A certain poise is necessary, and a nod to their historical context is of most importance. They’re obviously a talking point so one must be prepared to answer questions…especially if you’re carrying a cane…
A story to be continued but if you can’t wait visit Jeffery West at Golden Boot and choose your favourite design from our complete selection of Jeffery West boots, shoes and belts all with FREE UK next day delivery*
As I mentioned last week, I gave up on high heels a long time ago. I wore them for my graduation ceremony, and swore an oath to my feet that I would never again attempt the London underground in a pair.
I’m lucky enough to be in a job where I don’t need to wear them, I’m not a going OUT out kind of girl, and if I’m ever at a party or wedding then all I want to do is dance. I’m uncontrollable when my jam comes on and let’s face it, I’m not the type to be stumbling around like a newly born foal trying to boogie only using my top half…..So flats are the answer.
Whilst at school I had a headmaster who insisted that the female members of sixth form wore heels to ensure they looked ‘smart’. I was all too quick to point out that it is in fact, the 21 st Century, and although flat shoes back then weren’t always the most attractive, we needed to cart the same number of books from class to class as our male co-learners and… I think I made my point…there is now, however, a huge selection of super smart FLAT shoes that are comfortable, fashionable and don’t make your toes bleed. Here are a few of ours from this season…
First up we have Wonders, a beautiful Spanish brand introduced last week. 3152 Tormes is available in black and taupe and is the sweetest summer shoe. The t-bar brings back memories of traditional school schoes, and the patent leather faux reptile print with cut-out detail adds a contemporary feel.
It has the tiniest of heels (1.5cm), just enough to give a little lift and the adjustable buckle ensures they fit like a dream. Easy to walk in and very elegant. In black, they’d be great for the office, and the neutral taupe would go well with 50s style cropped trousers or a pencil skirt.
When it comes to a slip-on loafer, Pikolinos have got this one,W5G-3569 Royal. It’s all about the small details. The top line has a tiny fringe all the way around and the front section has a mesh-like laser cut-out feature with a bold leather band and those timeless tassels.
The streak of yellow along the sole unit brings them to life and the leather upper and lining will embrace your feet throughout those long days. They’re available in demin and brandy. Slip on your favourite pair of skinny jeans, a crisp white shirt and grab your Wayfarers.
There was a time when I thought full fringes belonged on the golf course. Shoe fringes that is. This delicate number have changed my mind. They would look lovely on the golf course, but they’d also look stunning at a wedding reception, in a resteraunt or stood in line at a swanky bar.
Hispanitas have done it again. 62497 Florencia , in jeans and new shade white, features only the heel and toe of the shoe, making it oh so fancy. 62497 Florencia is available in a limited range of sizes so make sure you don’y miss out!
The pointed toe looks polished and refined and the tiny buckle on the front adds a pretty point of interest. The cushioned sole and a small elastic grip guarantee comfort and walkability.
I remember when ballet pumps came into fashion. Everyone wore them and they were completely flat, with a drastic and unflatteringly low top line. I think they might have been predominantly constructed of cardboard, as they seemed to just dissolve at the first hint of rain drops. Those days are long gone, but leather shoes do need looking after. Use a good protector spray on them to keep the colour looking fresh and treat them to some leather cream every now and again to make sure they’re kept soft and supple.
There have been about three consecutive days of sun now. This must mean it’s summer right?
What it does mean, guys, is that you need to pop your favourite wingtips in the wardrobe for a couple of months. I know they fit like a glove, and I know change can be difficult, but summer won’t be here for long! Treat them with some leather cream, and put them to bed in their care bags.
There’s a whole world of new summer footwear that I need to introduce to you.
Last week we spoke about Pikolinos and their Mediterranean vibes. Well they’ve made their way into the men’s department too, and the leather is softer than ever. The upper and lining are vegetable tanned, and the sole unit is flexible and sporty looking. With the mock lace-up front, you can pair these with casual shorts or trousers, go online and book a holiday to southern Spain. (try Tarifa, it’s great fun!) Once landed, sangria in hand, take a walk along the beach and bask in the glory of having worn these Pikolinos 6986 Fuencarral for the whole time without a twitch of discomfort. You can thank me later. They’re available in European sizes 40-47 for £89.99. Price of subsequent holiday may vary.
My Father has worn deck shoes on our various holidays to Wales for as long as I can remember. In fact, I think he has worn the same pair of deck shoes on our various holidays to Wales for as long as I can remember. This is no bad thing, however. These footwear champs never look out of place. If you have a yacht, with a deck to wear your deck shoes on, then that’s fabulous. Sebagos look right at home stood underneath a glass of Dom Perignon. They’re also very comfortable confidently supporting their fellow man in producing the best open-fire fry-up White Sands Bay campsite has ever witnessed. They’re timeless, versatile and obviously, very comfortable.
This season’s new offerings include ‘Spinnaker’ in wine and navy nubuck or cognac and navy leather. The laces wrap right the way around the foot, creating ultimate comfort and practicality. ‘Dockside’ is available in navy or brown leather and the new dark blue nubuck 70th. Dockside is the style Sebago are famous for. You can’t get more classic than a fully hand-stitched upper, rawhide laces and a non-slip rubber sole (safety first). Wear these with jeans, turned up so a little ankle/sock can be seen, for an immediately contemporary look.
To end this week, I have the pleasure of introducing our very own classic slip-on moccasin. Yes, Golden Boot produce their own shoes, as well as stocking a vast array of inspiring niche brands. Aren’t we lucky? They’re brand new for this season, come in bright red, vibrant blue, an all-purpose light brown, and can spruce up any casual outfit. Off with the black and white humbug office outfit, and on with a soft jacket, decent jeans and those brand new leather-lined beauties. Evening attire sorted; comfortable and polished.
Before buying, think about what you have in your wardrobe already, and be sure to get the colour that you will use the most. These are Italian made, and here at Golden Boot, we love to match style with functionality, so the sole unit is made up of flexible rubber, making them perfect for driving without wrecking the heel. Get them here, Golden Boot 8103 in a choice of four colourways, blue, brown, navy and red, for £99 in sizes 40-46.
Before I let you go, I have one favour to ask of you. PLEASE use some protector spray on them before you head off out. You can thank me for that later too…
Words, styling and images: Helen Barton
Waking up to a stunning spring morning; there’s nothing quite like it. Light pours through the window as you stand having the first daily cup of tea, blossom brings trees back to life, and there’s an inkling of summer on the horizon…
Cut to later that afternoon. The sky is on the verge of downpour, possibly even snow, and you decided, in your innocence, to wear sandals. What did you learn? Never trust British weather.
Despite the elements still being a little temperamental, we’re starting to get in the mood for summer here at Golden Boot. Deliveries are coming in thick and fast, so here’s a taster, a little aperitif of what’s to come this season…
This week we’re talking flatforms. They vary from chunky and 90s-esque, to sleek and civilized; it’s not necessary to go full on Spice Girl just to get a bit of height.
Talking of Spice Girl, first up is a brilliant white pair from Teva. The brand’s history is steeped in a principle that ‘inside every person is an adventurous spirit waiting to be tapped’. Now, you’re not going to be doing huge amounts of adventuring in these, but they will go really nicely with light blue jeans. Roll them up a couple of times and show off the ankle strap detail. Pair with a laid back t-shirt for the weekend. Alternatively, if you’re like me and love a monochrome outfit, go for some black cigarette trousers and a crisp white shirt, creating a perfectly bold look for the office, with a little added statement.
The sole is made from a durable rubber, and the foot bed is very comfortable. I recently went on a trip to India and wore the Teva Original (in purple) on walks and treks across various terrains. Being considerably lower in the platform department, they’re absolutely perfect for all types of adventuring, and I’m still pottering about inthe garden with them now. The flatform version is available here, Teva Flatform Sandal at £45 , and come in sizes 4-8. If you’re an adventure seeker, then click here, Teva.
Next up, the Pikolinos. Available in blue and tan, they have a leather upper and lining, and make a great day-wearer. The ankle strap is adjustable and they add just the right amount of height for any day-to- day outfit. Two bold straps cross over the top of the foot, and a bright white platform provides the perfect partner for some nautical stripes.
If you hadn’t guessed by the name, Pikolinos have a real Mediterranean outlook. Having launched in 1984, they’re intention is to maintain the unique, high quality of their products with expertise and true craftsmanship. They’re leather tanning and processing is all done in-house and their ethos is driven by comfort and wear ability, over seasonal trends. This sandal is top quality, elegant, easy to wear and will still be worn in a few summer’s time. These come in at £79.99, and are available in European sizes 37-42. Pick your colour here! Pikolinos W1G-0757 Mykonos
Lastly, allow me to introduce Art, a new brand with us for Spring/Summer 2016. At Art HQ, they love a good laugh and promote their footwear with a mentality of being forever young, happy and carefree. Delightful! And the funky 4cm sole unit on this design is a true reflection of that. Lively stripes are matched with an organic looking, pared back leather upper, and the raw edge straps are Velcro adjustable. Art pride themselves on their innovation and ability to successfully interpret the view of their European market, and translate this into their one-of- a-kind concepts. These are perfect for someone wanting something unusual for this year. They’re easy-going and versatile. Perfect for garden parties and sunny pub garden sessions. Pop on a sweet summer dress and get them here Art 0486 Mykonos for £67.
To find out more about our spring and summer collections, visit our website www.thegoldenboot.co.uk or come in store and have a chat with one of our expert staff members.
Words, styling and images: Helen Barton