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post #12766 of 19562
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

......someone is bringing back an old English shoe brand - Wildsmith......What do people know about the brand???


Wildsmith (founded 1847) was a famous bespoke shoemaker who counted people like Edward and Mrs Simpson among their clientele. I believe, Wildsmith also made the boots worn by Peter O’Toole in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962). Main claim to fame for the company is the unlined “Wildsmith Loafer”, which was worn (oversized and with heavy hunting hose) as ‘house shoe’ by George V to potter about Buck-House and Sandringham.

The Wildsmith loafer is style ‘Harrow’ in the Edward Green collection.

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At some point Wildsmith stopped the bespoke business and sold ready-to-wear shoes made by EG and C&J. In later years Wildsmith did not have any longer the buying/selling capacity for their own lines, so the majority of shoes were C&J stock-items sold with the Wildsmith label, but priced considerably over C&J prices, (This got John Wildsmith the eternal hatred of one early forum-member.)

Last proprietor was John Wildsmith who must have been in his 70s when the store closed, maybe ten years ago. Wildsmith also had trunk shows in the States (in conjunction with Hilditch & Key), he might have continued with the American trips after the store had closed down. A number of years ago we had JW’s grandson as a member of this forum here. (I believe, he was a real Wildsmith, although some members here doubted it.)

This is the first time, I heard about the “new” Wildsmith and I have no idea whether family members are involved or some entrepreneur just bought the rights to the name. Whatever the case maybe, I wish the new venture the best of luck.
post #12767 of 19562
Was waiting for you to come along and drop a jewel, thanks.
post #12768 of 19562
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Originally Posted by isshinryu101 View Post

all the Wildsmith shoes I've seen were made by EG. So, YES they will be gemmed if they follow that same route once again.
A little glue never hurt anyone.

Not to worry - I don't fear the gemming.

I've never experienced any problems related to having shoes resoled either.

Sure - I'd love to have all completely handmade shoes - but it's not particularly realistic in terms of cost/access as best I can tell.
post #12769 of 19562
Do they include tempur-pedic insoles? Can the shoe bags double as pillowcases?
post #12770 of 19562
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Do they include tempur-pedic insoles? Can the shoe bags double as pillowcases?

That won't work. I only buy shoes with gold thread embroidery on the shoe bags and it tears up your face if you sleep on it.

I do like to use the polishing clothes as liners for my manly Hermes Birkin Bag Briefcase however. But they must be pure silk.

Perhaps we should move this confab to the purse forum? biggrin.gif
post #12771 of 19562
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post #12772 of 19562
Not sure if Corthay is a "forvm-approved" brand, but some cellphone pics of today's purchase [which shall not remain unpolished for long]:

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post #12773 of 19562
^ very nice
post #12774 of 19562
It will be interesting to see who makes Wildsmith shoes. My bet will be on Cheaney/C&J.

Cheaney of course have replaced AS: many retailers who stocked Alfred Sargent now stock Cheaney, e.g. New & Lingwood. Problems with quality and supply. AS of course scrapped most of their lower lines.

It would be exciting if they stock Edward Green, but the downside will be the markup, no doubt.
post #12775 of 19562
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Originally Posted by rabiesinfrance View Post

It will be interesting to see who makes Wildsmith shoes. My bet will be on Cheaney/C&J.

I just had a quick nose-around on the net.

"Wildsmith Shoes Ltd" was registered at Companies House in April of this year. Directors are three females (quite unusual in the shoe business), all in their thirties. None of them has a directorship in another company.

Two of the ladies are London-based, one of then is in Rushden/Northamptonshire. She might, or might not, have connections with the two shoe manufacturers based in Rushden: Grenson and Alfred Sargent.
post #12776 of 19562
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

Wildsmith (founded 1847) was a famous bespoke shoemaker who counted people like Edward and Mrs Simpson among their clientele. I believe, Wildsmith also made the boots worn by Peter O’Toole in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962). Main claim to fame for the company is the unlined “Wildsmith Loafer”, which was worn (oversized and with heavy hunting hose) as ‘house shoe’ by George V to potter about Buck-House and Sandringham.
The Wildsmith loafer is style ‘Harrow’ in the Edward Green collection.
WILDSMITH_preEGHarrow_02.jpg
At some point Wildsmith stopped the bespoke business and sold ready-to-wear shoes made by EG and C&J. In later years Wildsmith did not have any longer the buying/selling capacity for their own lines, so the majority of shoes were C&J stock-items sold with the Wildsmith label, but priced considerably over C&J prices, (This got John Wildsmith the eternal hatred of one early forum-member.)
Last proprietor was John Wildsmith who must have been in his 70s when the store closed, maybe ten years ago. Wildsmith also had trunk shows in the States (in conjunction with Hilditch & Key), he might have continued with the American trips after the store had closed down. A number of years ago we had JW’s grandson as a member of this forum here. (I believe, he was a real Wildsmith, although some members here doubted it.)
This is the first time, I heard about the “new” Wildsmith and I have no idea whether family members are involved or some entrepreneur just bought the rights to the name. Whatever the case maybe, I wish the new venture the best of luck.

^^I have this loafer (the EG version). I also just ordered the lined version of the same. It is a phenomenal loafer and wears like a slipper. Great stuff, Bengal. Thanks for the info. I know nothing more about this just saw a few things on the net. Looks like a company that had quite a following.
post #12777 of 19562
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

I just had a quick nose-around on the net.
"Wildsmith Shoes Ltd" was registered at Companies House in April of this year. Directors are three females (quite unusual in the shoe business), all in their thirties. None of them has a directorship in another company.
Two of the ladies are London-based, one of then is in Rushden/Northamptonshire. She might, or might not, have connections with the two shoe manufacturers based in Rushden: Grenson and Alfred Sargent.

Props, Bengal. Good stuff.

My own search turned this up, but I don't believe it is anything really new:

http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2012/02/vintage-edward-green-captoe-longwing.html

Uptown dandy has a few posts on Wildsmith

Great looking shoes.
post #12778 of 19562
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

Props, Bengal. Good stuff.
My own search turned this up, but I don't believe it is anything really new:
http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2012/02/vintage-edward-green-captoe-longwing.html
Uptown dandy has a few posts on Wildsmith
Great looking shoes.

I have that model in black. nice pair.
post #12779 of 19562
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post #12780 of 19562
Leave it to Bengal for the most in-depth, useful and OCD-guaranteed info.
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