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I launched Exclusive Footwear all the way back in 2005 on the back of the much famed and incredibly hard to find Oliver Sweeney Mens designer shoe brand… Oliver was designing shoes out of a little shoe shoe studio in Devon – I remember how hard I begged them to let me take the brand.. I wanted to sell them online..can you believe that… ONLINE – my goodness – we can’t let anyone sell them online.. how hard they resisted…! So, eight years on and a few account managers later – here we are again.. excited and loving them. Oliver Sweeney will be launched online at http://www.exclusivefootwear.com in about two weeks time when our NEW website goes live… keep an eye out for it – and if you are not a registered customer already – then it’s worth doing so because we will send you a little reminder when the new site is live… exciting times at Exclusive Footwear x 🙂 Frances x
The English have long since been at the top of the game of men’s shoe making. The factories in Northampton all stand testament to this long standing, highly skilled traditional industry. Handmade shoes in my opinion are the one luxury that we should invest our hard earned pennies in…
Just think about it…. A pair of stunning men’s shoes, all stitched by hand, each nail hammered into the heel one nail at a time by the trained hand of a master craftsman. And let me add, that this pair of shoes will probably last you ten years, because, no matter how heavy you are on your feet, you can get them full re-soled by that same master craftsman time after time. These shoes are very good value for money. You will probably pay about £240 for a good handmade pair of men’s English shoes, which I think is a very affordable luxury.
Just to give you an idea of the heritage I’m talking about…take Barker Shoes as an example: Founded in 1880 by Arthur Barker, he started making shoes in a workshop at the bottom of his garden. 130 Years later the company is still run by family members, committed to making sure that genuine quality and individuality are consistent in their shoemaking as is the maintenance of the very highest of standards. Each pair of shoes is a work of art. I don’t think shoes get better than that.
I can’t help but be in absolute awe of these men’s handmade shoes.. I;m going to let you into a little secret.. it was actually men’s shoes that got me into the shoe business in the first place (English brand – Italian made Oliver Sweeney to be precise) My husband was a fan of Oliver Sweeney shoes, we discovered them in Harvey Nichols in Leeds when it first opened many moons ago and he was hooked – but to be honest so was I. I fell in love with these men’s shoes and so did he. Oliver Sweeney were not selling online at the time (back in 2003) and when I was considering options for setting up my own business – I thought to myself – “I know I’ll just sell Oliver Sweeney shoes online”! My eureka moment was not so easy to follow through and bring to reality, I have to hasten to add, but seven years on from that moment I’ll still selling Oliver Sweeney shoes.
English shoes were a later addition for me, I started with the very quirky range of Jeffery West shoes – again another brand that I still sell (online at http://www.exclusivefootwear.com) Handmade stunning pieces of very edgy men’s footwear – all very unique and very different from anything I had seen before. You can tell a pair of Jeffery West shoes in an instant. I then discovered to my delight the ranges by Grenson, Barker, Cheaney, Crockett and Jones and Churches (now owned by Prada). Some of these brands I have dabbled in and some I have looked at longingly from afar… But all of them are without doubt champions in their field. Putting aside the wonderful shoe making in Italy and Spain (who without doubt make the best women’s designer shoes) The English have definitely made it to the top of the pile with their men’s shoe making. So here’s to buying British!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that www.exclusivefootwear.comhas been selected as a finalist in the Drapers Footwear Awards – E-Retailer of the Year. This is fantastic news for us as our new website (which was a finalist a few years on a row) was re-launched in August 2011. The winner
will be announced in at a glittering event on the 3rd May in London – so fingers eyes and toes crossed for that!!!
Well – the sale is now on….come and get them guys before they all disappear! We have reduced the prices of Oliver Sweeney Holman in tan and black, Alex in black and choc suede and Bushnell in black leather – to be honest all our Oliver Sweeney shoes stock is priced to clear. Don’t forget to register online with us for our forever 10% discount – it’s definitely worth doing.. F x
Exclusive Footwear was born out of my husbands (and consequently my) love of Oliver Sweeney shoes. I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the brand and the Oliver Sweeney company, but Oliver has been very poorly of late and hasn’t had as much influence as he normally would have had in recent shoe designs… Until now…! The new stock that has arrived has been created using Oliver’s old shoe designs – see echos of Poitier and Bullet… Absolutely scrumptious Oliver Sweeney shoes and definitely worth adding to your collection! As ever the stock we have is made to order so is limited so grab them whilst you can.. Don’t forget to register with us for your 10% forever customer discount.