$ 1,050.00

🇮🇹 from 40 to 45 🇦🇺 from 8 to 10.5

Minimum order: –

Units: 8


I live in China, Shanghai to be precise, and I believe in coincidences. This is why, when Church, my favourite brand of shoe, relaunched a 1929 model created for the English colonies and called Shanghai I didn’t think twice before buying a pair. 1929 was the year of the Great Depression, and this is another coincidence: every recession is followed by an economic boom. What China is experiencing today. Shanghai is a two-tone Church with buckle and fringe, with a worn look to it. It looks like an old golf shoe and is perfect worn with jeans. Because you never tire of Church, this footwear lasts a lifetime and is passed down to our sons and grandsons: they are elegant and refined, but above all, they are indestructible. Sometimes life is strange: I am Italian, I live in China and I wear English shoes. The same shoes I saw my friend Stefano Cecchi wearing the last time we met!
Vivo in Cina, a Shanghai per la precisione, e credo nelle coincidenze. Per questo quando Church, il mio marchio di scarpe favorito, ha rilanciato un modello del 1929 nato per le colonie inglesi e chiamato appunto Shanghai non ci ho pensato un attimo e l’ho fatto mio. Il 1929 è l’anno della Grande Depressione, anche questa è una coincidenza; ad ogni crisi d’altronde segue un boom economico. Quello che sta vivendo la Cina oggi. Shanghai è una Church bicolore con fibbia e frange, dall’aspetto assai vissuto. Sembra una vecchia scarpa da golf ed è perfetta se indossata con i jeans. Perché di Church non ci si stufa mai, sono calzature che durano tutta la vita e poi si tramandano a figli e nipoti: sono sobrie ed eleganti, ma soprattutto indistruttibili. La vita a volte è bizzarra: sono italiano, vivo in Cina e indosso scarpe inglesi. Le stesse che ho visto ai piedi del mio amico Stefano Cecchi, l’ultima volta che ci siamo incontrati!


Each pair of shanghai is made by one worker, who spends around 200 hours going through 500 construction-stages. They are wonderful to look at – and rubber-soled to boot – but they are as much a product of Prada as they are of Church’s.
Shoes that’ll last you a lifetime.
By far the biggest shoemaking footprint, however, is that of Church’s. This is a company dripping in true-blue history. It was founded in 1873 by Thomas Church, a third-generation shoemaker from Northampton, who had a series of now-obvious, then- innovative ideas including shoes of different widths. Church’s opened a shop in London in 1921, and then (poorly timed, this) in New York in 1929. It made shoes for the Armed Services during the Second World War and then, after a difficult decade, in 1957 built a new factory in Northampton. But what really gained Church’s a foothold in the consciousness of shoe-seeking men were its concessions with Austin Reed in the Sixties.
They’ve have been crafted in the same Northampton factory since 1957.