Chaplin Adelaide Shoe

Why isn’t the adelaide shoe more popular? We love that gently curving insert on the facings. So much more elegant than a boring old oxford (just kidding, we also love oxfords very much!). And when you combine it with a contrasting leather, it really sings. This pair is for a really longstanding and particularly lovely customer of ours. He came to us with an image of a burgundy adelaide shoe and we played with it. We added the contrasting croc skin facings, the black sole and the crimson lining. A symphony of reds!

We also added the slip beading which is a sign of a handsewn bespoke shoe. It’s a tiny piece of kid leather which is skived and folded to make a length of piping that runs around the topline of the shoe. It is sandwiched between the upper and the lining to give a really neat finish. And it cannot be as beautifully replicated on a machine.

The upper leather is a calf skin by Zonta in Italy. It is dark shade of burgundy and is very supple but also durable. We made the adelaide facings from a cranberry croc skin. Notice the veining between the scales is paler and looks luscious!

The customer chose to have the optional bespoke trees.

So, if you like this adelaide shoe, you might also like these shoes which are a particular favourite of ours.

UPPERS: Burgundy Zonta calf; straight toe cap; counter; slip beading; stitched in tongue; brogue punching on the seams

LINING: Crimson glace kid with matching sock

MAKING: standard heel height; 1/4″ sole; hand welted; hand built leather heel; bevelled waist; black finish on the sole, heel and edges.

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