Shoemaker Clarence Clifford open for business.

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  1. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Clarence Clifford is a new shoemaking company in Northampton, occupying premises in Cowper Street which were once the home to Edward Green. Initially it was a collaboration between financier Clarence A. Thompson and shoemaker Cliff Roberts (hence the name), but Roberts withdrew and Thompson decided to embark on his own, with the help of other shoemakers.

    The firm’s web-site and first collection is now up and very nice they look.

    http://clarenceclifford.com/



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    Anyone embarking on a career in the footwear business deserves all our best wishes.
     


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    Wonder what the price points would be.
     


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    Not really loving the look of their lasts and styling, tbh, though the leathers look nice enough.
     


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    completely agree on this!

    Does Clifford still have some stake since his name is still there?
    Btw I like the brompton.
     


  5. AlexG33

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    I ordered a pair of purple suede loafers from them in June and should be receiving them sometime next week. Will post some photos and comments
     


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    Correct English on the explanatory page is not their forte. I predict an early demise FWIW.
     
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  7. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    And I thought, Clarence Clifford wants to sell shoes, not TEFL-Courses (Teaching English as a foreign language). :D
     


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    meister Senior member

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    :crackup:
     


  9. MalfordOfLondon

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    A mixture of very nice models and some that are truly horrendous.

    I like the "Ascot" (looks like it's modelled on a Corthay) and the "Glastonbury" looks promising.

    It's a very mixed bag.
     


  10. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    I think there is definitely a place for a made in England RTW shoe produced to bespoke standards.

    The difference between benchgrade and handgrade for most of the English shoe companies is rather negligible - channeled soles, sure, but that's about it.

    Best of luck to the company for this endeavour. I think it's a good thing to be bringing handmade shoes to the masses that can't justify bespoke but would like to sample real handmade shoes.
     


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    Received the shoes over the week end, can't really comment on comfort as they are half a size too tight but supposedly suède stretches alot so not sure I want to send them back. Open for suggestions here...

    Some first quick and dirty scans

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