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Facing part of vamp on an Oxford shoe

charlie1234

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Hello,

I have been looking at the Loake Dorchester, where the facing is part of the vamp ( note how there is no stitching in front of the laces, it's one piece) http://www.loake.co.uk/loake-1880/oxford/dorchester.html this is as opposed to an Oxford that has the facing as a separate piece http://www.church-footwear.com/en/UK/new-flex-sole#!/en/UK/man/classic-collection/consul/calf-black (note how there is a line of stitching between the vamp and the facing, below the laces).

I have not seen any other shoe besides the Dorchester cut like this. I like the idea because it is reducing the number of pieces of leather, and streamlining the shoe, making it look slightly even more formal.

Has anyone seen this on other shoes, how would you describe it... and what are your thoughts on it?

Thank you!
 

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I have continued my search into today, and still cannot find any examples cut like the Dorchester. A few, one example by John Lobb another by C&J, where the facing is cut as part of the quarters. Any where they are as part of the vamp?

Thank you!
 

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Edward Green has a whole bunch of the same basic design in their catalogue (varied by different decorative components):



Hythe


Ladbroke


Fawsley


Name unknown

I don’t know if there is a generic name for that style of shoe.
 

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Thank you, that is really interesting. I found someone referring to it as "Swan neck" stitching.
Which I thought was a fairly apt description.

What are people's opinions of the look? I feel like it has an almost euro look to it, rather than English.

Any idea how old/classic it is?

Thanks!
 

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