Good old Sir Winston liked his footwear quite flashy; Python slippers are hardly the classic English understatement. Taken from the Churchill archives: CHAR 1/283/41\tLetter from Peal & Co. to WSC, confirming receipt of order for two pairs of Python all round slippers.\t23 Aug 1935 CHAR 1/315/47\tAccount from Peal & Co., London, 14s 6d, for repair of slippers.\t13 Feb 1937 There used to be another correspondence with Peal in the archive (which I cannot find anymore) where WSC (or his secretary) complained that the firm had used the wrong type of leather, as the new shoes "drew his feet excessively" (made them sweat, I presume) and the subsequent reply of the company. After this event, maybe he changed makers as George Cleverley lays claim to Churchill as customer as well. This must have been in the days when Cleverley worked for the firm of Tuczek in Clifford Street, as he did not set up his own business until 1958. Maybe Churchill was quite a promiscuous shoe client and employed the services of other London makers as well.
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