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.