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Put a spring in your step with Church’s lightweight, summertime soles

06 June, 2019

The origins of Northampton shoemaker Church’s can be traced back as early as 1675, when Stone Church, the company founder’s great-grandfather – a master cordwainer whose expertise was passed down through the generations – was born. Since then, the company’s designs have evolved, and its new men’s collection, which is available at The Royal Exchange, combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative flexi-soles, offering supreme comfort and style throughout the summer season.

Elegant with an active edge, the Barkson Derby shoe is a versatile style reminiscent of an era when everyday formality was the norm. Featuring a round toe and open lacing detail, the shoe is crafted from calfskin leather and is unlined for a supple feel, plus its flexible construction allows for all day comfort that will effortlessly take you from working week to weekend brunches.

Fisherman Nevada Leather Sandal in blue, £350; Barkson Calf Leather Derby in walnut, £450; Mirfield Calf Leather Classic Sneaker in white, £320, all Church’s at The Royal Exchange

For the ultimate summer holiday shoe, the classic leather cage sandal is a must, and Church’s Fisherman style is ideal worn with rolled chinos, shorts or cropped tailored trousers. Made in Italy, its Nevada leather has a natural, tonal finish achieved with layers of hand-applied waxes, and extra cushioning at the insole makes it a relaxed yet refined choice for warmer climates.

More than just an off-duty staple, the crisp, clean sneaker makes a cool accompaniment to suiting, adding soft, rich texture to formal looks. Taking Church’s artisanal construction and applying a sporty aesthetic, the Mirfield is crafted from plush suede and features subtle hand stitching and contrast piping. Its roomy fit, heel padding and breathable canvas lining make it comfortable enough to wear all day long.

No matter where your feet take you this summer, you will find a Church’s shoe style suitable for every occasion at The Royal Exchange.