14 January 2012


Next time the rain comes pouring down and you're caught in town without an umbrella, take an opportunity to seek shelter in a luxury store you've never been into and admire the beautiful things inside. That's what my siblings and I did one dark sodden morning in Edinburgh, when we paid a visit to Church's. We may have not looked like the most promising customers, dripping rainwater all over the carpet and trying not to steam up the polished mirrors, but we had the run of the boutique to ourselves - not to mention the impeccable service. Church's ENGLISH shoes are now joint-owned by Prada, and interestingly, investment firm Equinox, and while the firm is based in Milan, the Northampton factory still manufactures an estimated 5000 pairs of these incredible shoes a week, 140 years after Thomas Church and his son's started their family business. At £300-£650 a pair, these are the kind of shoes  you hold in your hand and they enable you to see into your future. We left with a pair of socks between the three of us, but I recommend you go, just to slip your foot into one of those impressive leather shoes and feel what luxury feels like. 
Hand dyed and woven wool felt 'shoe bag'.
Not Church's English shoes, rather Topshop's Brazilian shoes - a Christmas sales present to myself.


betty said...

im surprise they let u take pics ... most places are quite funny bout it like that !!! but they look fine those shoes !! :)



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oh my gosh. gotta love churchs. such a classic. loving the glitter boots...think it's essential to buy yourself a gift a Christmas. great choice

the style crusader said...

Church's shoes are so beautiful. I used to always pop into the outlet shop at Bicester Village whenever I went... you can find a pretty decent deal there. I've also seen them pretty well priced in the Net-a-porter sale.

Totally agree, these are the sort of shoes you'd cherish forever. They totally encompass English style to me.

p.s. love your outfit Imogen. The colour of your hat is gorgeous. xx

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Church's English shoes are so quintessentially, and luxuriously, English (now with a tinge of Milanese?). It is amusing that the first image brings to mind the cockney Pearly Kings' costume which happens to be at the opposite of end of the value scale!


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CoryB said...

well, your shoes look rather dapper on you as well! you look gorgeous xx

Un Duex Trois said...

So cute! I love your hat! <3


Un Deux Trois

Paris said...

I love them, I prefer the heel height on these over the Zanotti's. Now I want some.

Anna (South Molton St Style) said...

Hehe my boyfriend has that yellow/red bag. I love it - pretty bold but looks really good on guys. Love Churches - their Bicester shop is brilliant xxx

South Molton St Style

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The design on the front of the shoes is simply outstanding and it makes so tempting for me to grab those really...I wish I could have some of these in my shoe collection too.. :/

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