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At The Golden Boot our emphasis is on finding and working with exciting and innovative brands, with a particular focus on quality. We have been working with a number of Spanish brands that have grown in popularity each season.
Brands such as Hispanitas, Wonders and Magnanni are all family owned and run and everything they produce is made in Spain. They all operate their businesses with a very similar ethos to our own. It is very refreshing to meet companies that are more interested in how you represent and promote their product rather than how much you buy! We have a great relationship with all of these Spanish suppliers and over the years they have become good friends.
Every season our Spanish contacts recommend a number of other brands and factories that are doing something a little different and this allows us to keep ahead of the game. Sometimes the suggestions just aren’t right for The Golden Boot, but on other occasions the lead turns out to be spot on. Last season it was a fantastic factory called Paula Urban who make a range of wonderful sandals, and this season it was to be a brand called Sendra. I have visited many shoe factories before but I wasn’t quite prepared for what I was going to see when we visited this brand for the first time.
Leather Room One
First I must explain that Sendra specialises in making handmade cowboy and biker boots. They are recognised as being one of the best in the industry and have a strong celebrity following, but are pretty much unknown in the UK. I met my contact Pedro and he accompanied me to the sample room. Most sample rooms are meticulously organised with the current seasons collection beautifully arranged. The sample room at Sendra was a little less orthodox.
Leather Room Two
We walked in and I was confronted with a room packed full of boots, of all different styles and seemingly endless combinations of colour and leather choices. ‘Be creative!’ Pedro says to me, and went on to explain that I could have any of the different boot styles made up in any combination of leather and colour that I wanted. I hardly knew where to begin!
Our boots in production
After a great deal of playing around, our own unique collection began to take shape. I chose and worked with three different boot silhouettes which are all pull on styles. I kept the leathers all very wearable using tan and waxed brown and added interest with really eye-catching stitch features and trim details. I really hope you like this small collection as it really offers something completely unique and very special.
You won’t find these boots anywhere else !
As soon as the nights start to draw in and leaves on the line becomes a viable excuse for being late for work, I start thinking about what pair of boots will take me through the dark months until the verdant shoots of Spring.
This year there is an amazing range of boots for all styles. But which ones should you be looking for? And how will they take you through the variety of styles that have arrived in the shops for AW15?
With some of the key styles for this season being Victorian Gothic, Boho chic, colour blocking and some fantastic brocade patterned suits how do you find the right pair of boot that will take you through the winter? It is a tricky decision but we are here to help.
Knee High Boot
The classic knee high boot is always a good staple for the autumn winter months, it can take you from the office, to the pub. Dress, trousers or jeans, it is a good ‘go to boot’. But it doesn’t have to be practical, these beautiful suede boots (that also come in a gorgeous merlot suede), will have you walking tall and would help you rock the colour blocking trend as well as the Victorian Gothic.
However if you want a boot to be a little more practical and all round plus adding a heavier tread, those wet leaves can get slippy, have a look at these. The buckles, and I love buckles, give these boots a more casual feel. It comesin brown and black.
I’m a sucker for ankle boots, they can make an outfit, bring a quirkiness and personality without feeling as if you are going over the top. They are the playful members of the boot family. There are so many fantastic different ankle boots out there although you have to be careful for the style if you are wearing a dress versus jeans or trousers.
Monk straps have crossed over from menswear into womenswear, giving a feeling of the Edwardian dandy. These are one of my favourite pairs of boots, the contrasting blue stitching adding that certain something that raises it above the ordinary. With brocade trouser suits or velvet devore, these boots will take you through the winter.
With the return if boho chic, the cowboy boot is making a renaissance, not that they ever went anywhere for me. There are a lot of cute ankle/mid length boots. These boots will look good with longer skirts or jeans. They’ll stand out and be a talking point.
A good shoe boot can be a great addition to any winter wardrobe. They really are the versatile members of the boot family. Chunky or slim heeled they can make an interesting alternative to a shoe and give your feet a bit more coverage and dare I say, warmth?
I can’t help but let loose my inner Bet Lynch whenever I see animal print. These boots leapt off the shelves at me and I battled to put them back. Whether with opaque tights and a black skirt or skinny jeans, these boots will dress it up.
So whatever your style is this season there are boots for everyone and if you are feeling a bit flush, maybe more than one…
Our new men’s window display is dedicated to Flight Lieutenant Joseph Humfrey Cheaney, grandson of the company’s founder, Joseph Cheaney. Joseph Humfrey Cheaney (sometimes referred to as “Dick”) joined the company in 1930 and stayed until his retirement in 1981. The new Aviator collection was designed to commemorate his service in the Second World War when he served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force.
Incorporated into our Joseph Cheaney collection for autumn/winter 2015 is the aptly named ‘Tiger Moth‘ lace-up military style boot. The classics ‘Avon C‘ and ‘Tamar C‘ continue, both well worth investments for a timeless design. New style ‘Amis’ boasts the Cheaney exclusive rubber welted Britgrip sole unit.
Joseph Cheaney and The Golden Boot have so much common ground, both family owned with tradtional family values and a commitment to offering it’s customers the best products, unrivalled product knowledge and above all unbeatable customer service.
With an impressive combined history within the shoe industry of over 300 years we must be doing something right !
Our most recent creation sees us collaborate with a wonderful company called Toylander. Based in South Wales they manufacturer a range of scaled down iconic vehicles for children, they are fully operable and look amazing!
The attention to detail and the quality of the craftsmanship is excellent! If you are interested in making a purchase or want to find out more visit http://www.toylander.com/
Jeffery Wests’ range of traditionally manufactured shoes with a stitch through the insole to the welt, then welt to sole. 4772 Hannibal on a chunky rubber sole features signature features with the addition of striking red laces to match the lining.
The slightly more classically styled double monk Montrose really stands out in it’s rich burgundy flume leather upper.
Blake Stitched construction is a more refined and flexible shoe construction that lends itself well to Jeffery West’s chiselled last shapes, such as Rochester and Ziggy. Italian made and truly unique standout pieces. The star attraction of the collection is the Icarus shoe in ‘dirty sober’ red high shine leather.
Made in Spain this Jeffery West range is all about clean lines. The sole units are cemented leaving a thinner sole with no welt. Signature Jeffery West styling at a lower price point. J936 Chelsea boot on the Scarface last, typifies the collection with wing tip brogue detail on burnished leather upper.
Contemporary design in suede finishes complete with the brands signature touches, flashes of red stitching and red lining. ‘Infamous’ modern styling at it’s best! The 19590 ‘Jimmy Loafer’ , available in navy suede and brown suede, is a wear with everything with classic loafer.
Browse our complete collection of Jeffery West shoes, boots and accessories at http://thegoldenboot.co.uk/brand/jeffery-west
The R M Williams Lachlan boot (previously known as the Drover) is one the toughest boots in the R M Williams collection. The boot is constructed of a one piece oiled leather upper and a goodyear stitch welted heavy rubber sole unit. We have been stockists of RM Williams for over 10 years and we have watched the range grow and evolve however the Lachlan boot remains one of our top sellers.
The Lachlan boot could be categorised as more of a work boot, although not steel toe or waterproof it is ideally suited to heavy wear and ideally suited to a wearer that requires a boot that can be dressed up or dressed down! Perhaps a customer who needs to visit site but also meet clients in an office environment and then have a beer with friends in the evening. If this is you then the R M Williams Lachlan is the boot for you!
One of the first pair of R M Williams boots sold at The Golden Boot was to me. Here are my Lachlan boots!
I only wear these boots occasionally yet they are one of my most comfortable pairs. My maintenance regime is a bit of a disaster, in fact I haven’t done anything to these other than wear them. I thought they would be the ideal pair to demonstrate what the best way to look after them is and to practice what I preach to customers!
Its worth noting that the Lachlan boot is made with an oiled leather. This is intended to be water and stain resistant. I am not trying to achieve a high shine finish as the boot is designed to be a little vintage in appearance and that’s how I want to keep them.
Place shoe trees in the boots
Using a Dasco suede brush, remove any loose dirt/debris from the upper.
Using fresh water and the rubber bristled part of the Dasco suede brush remove and heavy dirt/debris from the upper and sole. Always allow the boots to dry out naturally.
Dry using kitchen towel
Once the boots are dry, using a small damp foam sponge apply small amount of the R M Williams Saddle & Leather Dressing to the upper, also work the Saddle dressing into the welt of the boot. Please remember a little goes a long way, remember the old adage “you can always put more in but it’s more difficult to take out”! In short the more you apply the darker the boots will become.
Allow the Saddle & Leather Dressing to dry and then with a dry cloth remove any residue. Then buff the boots to a shine.
The Golden Boot Welly Wangathon season has well and truly got underway with local schools. As well as the usual prizes, this year we are making a charitable donation of £100 to the school who has the longest combined throw!!
Our Welly Wangathon kits are available to local schools for use at their school summer fayre. The kit contains everything you need for the day and is available to collect from us two days before the event and we ask that it is returned at most two days later. (Our loading bay address for collection and return is The Golden Boot, Loading Bay E, Pads Hill ME15 6HX and can be accessed under The Mall by Sainsburys)
Included in the kit are a score board and an advertising board, two easels, marker cones for the distance thrown, starting line marker cone and the all important wellies !
Five £10 Golden Boot vouchers are also included for the winners of each category.
For your school to be in with a chance to win the £100 all you need to do is e mail a picture
of your scoreboard to email@example.com. We will post the picture on our Facebook page. The school with the longest combined throw at the end of the season will be presented with the prize and the prestigious ‘Golden Boot Welly Wangathon’ winners trophy!
If your school has a summer fayre coming up and would like to join in all the fun of ‘Welly Wanging’ or for any information on collection please call 01622 752349 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also love to see any pictures of your day so please post your snaps on our Facebook page, /www.facebook.com/thegoldenbootshop.
Each year, as Spring chips away at the Winter chill, our thoughts turn to packing away the weatherproof footwear and slipping into something altogether more elegant. It’s a time when the espadrille comes into it’s own.
Characterised by their jute soles, espadrilles have a long history dating all the back to the 14th century, with soldiers during the Spanish Civil War being sent into conflict wearing canvas upper espadrilles.
Our Toni Pons Spring / Summer 2015 season has kicked off really well with the ever popular Ter (left) and Nuria (right) selling at rate of knots. Both designs feature the classic jute sole and are available in a colour palette of bright and neutral shades.
This led to one of the world’s most famous espadrille manufacturers, Castaner, being nationalised as the shoes were regarded as a product of military interest. Post-war, the traditional espardrilles were adopted by Hollywood A-listers such as Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Jackie Onassis.
Grace Kelly wearing ‘Castaner’ espadrilles on the set of ‘To Catch A Thief’
This beautifully soft easy to wear ballerina has been one of our most popular styles so far and its easy to see why ! Made from premium quality materials and unlined for a luxurious flexible fit.
Available in pretty floral print and classic navy with blue floral and snake print to follow. 00177 Macadam is quite simply understated Spanish elegance at it’s best. Browse our complete Hispanitas collection for Spring Summer 2015 at http://hispanitas.thegoldenboot.co.uk/.