THE LONDON COLLECTION
FROM OXFORDS TO BROGUES TO CHELSEA BOOTS,
THE CITY'S YOUTH CULTURES TOOK DEEPLY PRACTICAL DESIGNS AND MADE THEM COOL
True to London’s native style, the collection starts with four styles of boots. The Jackson and Cooper are classic Chelsea boots, perfect for the overcast weather of the city they emerged from, with full leather soles and a calf leather body. This versa-tile boot beloved of the Mods comes in an array of finishes, from gleaming polished black to coffee coloured suede. The Compton ankle boot can be worn casually or in a more formal setting, coming in deep brown shades of suede, leather welted to a classic rubber sole contrasting the softer suede. And the easy to pull on Jodhpur boot, the Taylor, comes in classic black or brown.Boots
Monk strap shoes are the most modern of dress shoes, the double buckle looking just as great worn with jeans or a suit. Here they come in two styles, the Newton, which comes in beautifully embossed Saffiano leather, and the Kent, in a unique nutmeg shade of Kitna leather.Monks
Oxfords come in a variety of styles, most noticeably the Marshall, a favourite of the designer, which has a brogue toe cap as an accent, a nod to the classic heritage style. Of the Marshall, Zengarini says “It’s just as easy to wear this with elegant looks as with jeans” and it comes in both black and the more unusual ember colouring, a rich Bordeaux. Elsewhere in the collection, full brogues can be found in ember and nutmeg, giving the Miller style a modern twist, whilst the Newton brogue is a more classic homage, in black or brown.Oxfords
More classic styles have their place too – the Dixon and Harrison Oxfords come in both a full and half brogue style, in calf Kitna leather, alongside the Nash Derby, with its classic open lacing. They round out the series, giving it great breadth – the London collection represents the bests of the classics, whether given a modern twist or at their original best.
In the words of Zengarini, “Innovation in classic shoes has to be something you can’t see.”