As ever, this was partly my fault, but the Cleverley bespoke imitation brogues arrived a couple of weeks ago after a long wait. They are imitation, of course, because there is no separate section of leather at the toe cap – the wingtip is simply lines of perforation. They are also, to my mind, the perfect compliment to a business wardrobe: shoes that whisper of sophistication and elegance. An interesting contrast to the Decos from Gaziano & Girling, for example.

As mentioned, we didn’t tighten the shoe across the toes on this pair of Cleverleys, and this has led to a great improvement in comfort compared to the first pair. These shoes truly feel like the bespoke experience now: perfectly tight around the ankle and heel, so ruling out any slippage, and just roomy enough around the joint and toes to ensure complete freedom of movement. We also stretched the first pair a tiny bit at the point they were rubbing, but I have yet to test out what difference this has made.

Elsewhere the look of the shoe is everything you would expect: a beautifully chiselled and tightly lasted waist; an elegantly pitched and narrowing heel. Together they produce the impression on the viewer of walking on minimal surface area, making the foot appear a little dainty. It’s a look that will be familiar to anyone that spends time perusing old photos of Cary Grant, Fred Astaire or their ilk. The gap, the exposed light under the bridge of the foot creates a beautifully harmonious line.

A lot of money, but certainly worth it. And as I seem to have acquired shoes far faster over the past few years than suits, it may have to nothing but bespoke – or bespoke-level make – from now on.

Those interested in Cleverley might like to know that the dates for travelling to Asia from next month are:


International Gallery
3rd & 4th February


1st & 2nd March

Hong Kong

3rd, 4th & 5th March, 2012
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You never say how much anything costs. Why is that?


Oooh – handbags! Was a straightforward enough question, and why you would “assume most people know” is totally beyond me!


Thanks (also, ouch)! It’s impossible to find any kind of price on their website so assuming we know is perhaps a little too generous to us.

They do indeed look beautiful but I could never afford that. That’s millionaire money.


Thank you – all very useful information. I can certainly imagine myself going to £4-500 for a really nice pair. And I really enjoy looking after shoes (strange though that may seem), so that would be an inexpensive pleasure for years.


beautiful shoes Simon. what do you tend to wear when it’s raining? Do you always go for a rubber sole?


These shoes are wonderful. Simon, have you noticed that all the rude comments are anonymous? The drawbacks of the internet age!


Hi Simon

How have you found the usefullness of one of your few black shoes being a full brogue? Most of your brown oxfords seem to be be some form of semi-brogue and it would seem strange to make up the more formal black leather in the less formal wing-tip style.