Base London's new Manor collection of shoes and boots provide a contemporary edge to traditional gentry British footwear design, fusing aristocratic style with modern trims and fancy leather treatments.
When the brand contacted me about their new collection and sent through some photos of their new footwear offerings for this fall, I immediately fell in love with their Woburn waxy tan coloured Brogue. I love a good Brogue, and have always found this style of shoe to be the most reliable in my wardrobe. Whether I wake up feeling like I want to wear something more formal like a three-piece suit (um... never!) or feel the need to dress up something more casual like a pair of jeans and a battered tee (that's more like it!), it is almost impossible to get it wrong by finishing off the look with a classic pair of Brogue's. Long story short, I just had to get me a pair!
The Woburn, as you will see from my photos, is a beautifully made shoe. The thick leather, which will only look more authentic with age, has been beautifully finished with careful attention given to detailing the wing tip. Whilst I opted for the waxy tan version, this Brogue is also available in black and red, and if you do feel the need after reading this to order yourself a pair of Woburn's in black or red, please send me some photos. I am very curious to see what they look like in person!
What you will also notice is the modern and uber practical twist to these Brogues - a chunky rubber sole. I can't tell you how many pairs of Brogues I have owned that have ended up with holes in the bottom of them, and I guess that won't be a problem for me anymore. Our winters can be unforgiving up here in Scotland, and whilst I won't be throwing caution to the wind and jumping for joy feet first into puddles over the next few months, I am super excited to pound the pavement as hard as I usually would when strutting from A to Z without having to worry about the soles of my shoes collapsing under the weight of my ridiculousness.
Base London appreciates that not every gentleman can pull off a Brogue as well as me though, which is why their Manor collection offers a selection of alternative styles that I thought I'd summarise here for you with links to each style on Base London's website. There's the Gatcome, a plain toe derby shoe which has been given a modern twist with the use of grained leathers that give the traditionally formal shoe a more rural edge. The Chatsworth, much like the Woburn in style, only a bit chunkier and less shiny on the wing tip. The Blenheim, a high-class chukka boot. And lastly, the Burghley and Brocket styles of boot which are both variations on the traditional Brogue.
The Manor collection is available at baselondon.com and for more photos of me wearing my super duper Brogues head on over to my instagram.