R.M.Williams is named after Reginald Murray Williams, who, as well as being an explorer, horseman, goldminer, author and historian, began his foray into leather goods by making pack saddles for a network of bush stations from North Queensland to South Australia. He then started to produce boots in Adelaide, specialising in those made using just one piece of leather – a technique still used to make the iconic Classic RM boots today. Available in a range of colours and crafted in R.M.Williams’ Adelaide workshop, Classic RM boots feature a chisel-square toe and flat heel with sewn-welt leather-sole construction, yearling leather uppers and leather lining, making them as suitable for navigating city life as they are for weekends exploring in the outback.
Classic RM, £350; rmwilliams.com. To mark Australia Day on 26 January R.M.Williams are celebrating the Aussie ideal of ‘mateship’ by offering any pair of mates 30 per cent off when they both buy a pair of boots. The offer is available until 27/01/19/, visit R.M.Williams’ store at 102 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SS, or the brand’s website for further details.
As the shoemaker of choice for distinguished gentlemen such as Ernest Hemingway and the Duke of Windsor, Edward Green has been producing the highest quality footwear hand-cut from the world’s finest leathers in its Northampton workshop for more than a century. Its classic Dover model in army green suede with dainite rubber soles is an elegant every day shoe crafted from the softly chiselled 202 last for a rounder, casual shape. The toe and apron of each pair are carefully hand-sewn with a boar’s bristle – one of shoe-making’s most intricate crafts. It takes two hours to complete a pair of shoes using this time-tested technique, to ensure unequalled comfort and durability.
Edward Green Dover shoes in army green suede, £1,165; edwardgreen.com
Founded in Paris in 1991 as an eponymous luxury footwear brand, Christian Louboutin is internationally renowned for its iconic red-soled women’s heels but its men’s collection is equally showstopping. Comprising smart slip-ons, luxury trainers and leather goods, every piece includes the brand’s signature red flash. Inspired by the return of spring, the refined Officialito loafer adds Parisian flair to any evening ensemble, whether worn with a black-tie look on the red carpet, or with chinos and a smart shirt for a chic soirée. Made in black technical twill, the loafer is adorned with tassels, which are reminiscent of precious trimmings – a decadent signature design detail of the Louboutin House.
Officialito Serge Tech, £675; Christian Louboutin at The Royal Exchange
Jimmy Choo is renowned for its innovative approach to footwear design and its new Voyager boot, made for men and women, fuses technology with style to ensure your feet stay warm throughout winter. Created in partnership with Zhor-Tech, the boot features a heated insole controlled wirelessly by a mobile app, which tracks activity and controls each sole allowing the wearer to set a temperature ranging from 25°C to 45°C. Lightweight yet rugged, its lugged commando sole is built for traction while its sleek and tough upper is available in water-resistant vachetta and shiny calf leather in black or white, or water-resistant nubuck in navy or black. All fabrications come with a sumptuous shearling lining for extra insulation.
Jimmy Choo Voyageur, £1,295; jimmychoo.com
The shoes you wear say a lot about your personality, and for those who like to stand out from the crowd, Twisk shoes’ distinctive style is quirky and beautifully unique. Conceived by a British shoe designer and handmade in Italy by Italian master craftsmen, Twisk’s philosophy is that shoes should never be average, and its unconventional spin on the classic derby style is testament to its belief that ‘shoes should be put in boxes, not people.’ The lace-up Rogue model carries the Twisk hallmarks of quality in every stitch. It is crafted from hand-cut premium calf leather sourced from Italy’s best tanneries, and finished with brogueing and metal studs in Twisk’s characteristic star formation on either side of the shoe.
Twisk Rogue shoes, £550; twisk.com