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Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Welcome Back Sunspel

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017

We’re pleased to introduce Sunspel back into the store, stocking a selection of their fine t-shirt made in their Long Eaton Factory, England. Sunspel was established in 1860 by Thomas Hill in Nottingham. Following in his father footsteps as a hosiery maker, he wanted create simple, everyday clothing from beautiful fabrics which continues to be the […]

Merry Christmas

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016

We’d like to wish all our customers past and present a very Merry Christmas

New AW16: Church’s Northwood

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The latest style from Church’s has arrived for Autumn/Winter. Featuring an Apron split-toe design, the Northwood is available as pictured in Walnut Nevada Calf, and Ebony Highland Grain. An elegant shoe crafted on their contemporary 173 last shape, and sat a top a sturdy, hardwearing Dainite sole, makes these an ideal winter shoe with a […]

New for SS16 – Church’s Sahara Suede Boots

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Church’s Sahara – Spring/Summer We’ve introduced the classic Chukka Boot from premier Northampton shoemaker Church’s for Spring/Summer. Handcrafted in Brown, Navy and Mud Castoro suede, these unlined boots are an ideal choice for the summer months.

Cheaney Tamar MTO

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Made to Order Cheaney Tamar in Black Country Grain

Dyeing Your Shoes

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016

The use of leather dyes give you the ability to change the colour of a shoe, weather it’s a pair you already own or a new pair you like the style of but are unsure of the it’s colour. Dyes can be used to either create a patina or boldly change the colour of leather e.g. […]

How to care for your waterlogged shoes

Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015

Now that the winter months are upon us there’s more than a fair chance of getting caught in the odd downpour while wearing your English handcrafted shoes. Here’s our guide for making sure that a wet pair of shoes don’t dampen your day: Insert cedar shoe trees or scrunched up newspaper as soon as you […]

New Arrival: George Cox

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015

We’re pleased to re-introduce George Cox shoes back into our store. Established in 1906, Northamptonshire, by George James Cox. George Cox are the pioneers of the world famous ‘Brothel Creeper’ which was introduced to the world in 1949. From this iconic shoe new styles were evolved. Whilst using the original last shapes and patterns, the […]

Crockett & Jones Closed Channel Stitching

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Closed channel stitching is a method of manufacture whereby the stitching is covered by a small flap of leather, creating a clean and elegant look. This method is used by many bespoke shoe manufacturers. However, there are also many quality RTW (ready to wear) manufactures, who employ this method of manufacture, one of those being Crockett […]

Sanders – New to Reads Footwear

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

We’re pleased to introduce British shoemaker Sanders to our store. A family owned-company now into it’s fourth generation. Sanders was founded in 1873, Rushden, Northamptonshire. They’ve been making comfortable, sturdy and stylish shoes for over 170 years. Sanders are renowned for their iconic chukka boot known as the Playboy. A boot which was adopted on […]

Straight Lacing

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

A question we’re frequently asked by customers is what’s the best and prefered method of lacing an Oxford shoe. In answer to the question here is a small step by step guide on ‘How to lace an Oxford shoe’. Traditionally an Oxford shoe has a particular characteristic style of lacing, with the laces running parallel across […]