I went to Crockett and Jones on the weekend on Jermyn Street in pursuit of what would have been my first ever pair of black Oxford shoes.
When I arrived I fell in love with a brown shoe called the Edgware, the last was absolutely beautiful. However I was on a mission for BLACK oxfords, not brown ones, as I need this shoe to be versatile, it will be for both weddings and interviews. The Edgware that I liked had brogueing and was brown, both taking away from the conservatism required for interview.
I was told by the staff that their Hallam shoe, a black cap toe Oxford, was made from the same last as the Edgware. However it really didn't look anywhere near as nice as the Edgware and not only that, it actually looked like a different shape to me. I tried on both the leather and rubber soled Hallams, neither came close to the look of the Edgware in brown. I walked out empty handed because I was actually a little disappointed as to how the Hallam looked. From above, the brown Edgware had sharper lines, a slightly raised toe box and seemed more angular.
Please can someone recommend THE BEST black oxford that I could buy for £350.
P.S - I really like the bump in the toe box of the Edgware so would be looking for something that had that.