A few bits and pieces from the past fortnight that deserve highlighting for shoe enthusiasts.
Cleverley is introducing a limited edition Burgundy Calf Churchill shoe – the model first released as a separate limited edition last October – to raise funds for victims of the Japanese earthquake. Only 50 pairs are available, the 10 allocated to Asia having already been pre-sold; 20 others are available in London and 20 in America. They cost £950 ($1700), of which 10% of the funds go to the Japanese Red Cross.
Edward Green has some beautiful new lines coming in, mostly around new colours and materials on existing lines. My favourites are three new Kibworths in calf and, best of all, mushroom suede. The Kibworth is an elastic and leather gusseted slip-on, like the Churchill but without the Cleverly-specific lacing (gussets are clearly in for S/S 2011). Also new is the Malvern lace-up in chameleon – a nice green/tan colour (pictured).
Finally, in rather a break with the past, Berluti is doing its first Goodyear-welted line, in the Demesures collection. The welt is still pretty narrow, as you can see, but not as close as the normal Blake construction Berluti uses for its shoes. They are, however, more expensive than the other ranges at £1220.