Its always nice to wake up and find a package waiting at the front door, and in this case its the new shoes I’ve been patiently waiting on for the past 2 1/2 weeks. Black semi-brogues from Charles Tyrwhitt. I have a difficult foot to fit, so instead of spending the money on a trip into Brisbane, I decided to take a chance and by a pair online; 13 business days later, here they are.
I wasn’t expecting a great deal from the shoes, Charles Tyrwhitt isn’t exactly known for their quality (although I still like them), and they aren’t a shoe store. I had done a bit of research however, and decided that they were the best option (they have a 6 month returns policy, so even if I didn’t like the shoes I could just return them), and I had a discount voucher anyway. The size was a bit difficult, I usually wear a 10.5AU, which were 1.5″ too long but just wide enough and after a bit of research I settled on a 9.5G UK fit, confident that I could swap them if I needed to. If I have nothing else positive to say about the shoes, I will say this: They fit perfectly.
As I said above, I have done some research, and opinions seem to be divided, but in general they are described as something you should buy if you can get them cheap, but definitely not full price. So far, I’m happy with the $197 I spent on them (with postage and my $20 discount), considering my last shoes were $130 from Myer, and are already falling apart.
The shoes themselves are leather uppers (of course), with leather soles and a rubber heel. The leather upper is very stiff, and I imaging will take quite a bit to wear in, and they come well polished (which I will of course go over again) and feel, if I’m completely honest, a little plasticky. I can’t say for sure if that’s a bad thing, but I imagine they will soften some as I wear them.
Charles Tyrwhitt don’t make their own shoes, and general belief is that they are just rebranded Loake shoes, which I don’t think is a bad thing, and if true means that they are made in England, which I like. They are also Goodyear Welted, which is something I can’t say about my other shoes.
I’m not an expert on shoes, I certainly know enough that I feel comfortable buying my own, and offering advice to others, but I can honestly say that I think these are the best pair of shoes I have ever owned. Definitely not the best pair I will ever own, but for what I spent on them, I’m very happy, and will most likely be getting a pair in brown sometime soon. They are also far better than a majority of shoes I have seen for sale in QLD stores. As usual, all comments and questions are welcome.