Men’s Shoes (split toe derby)

Edward Green

Established 1890

Based in Northampton, England, and founded in 1890, Edward Green makes the finest shoes in the world ‘for the discerning few’. Using only the finest leathers, the level of handwork involved in production is painstakingly high. That is why Edward Green manufactures a mere 250 pairs a week. During the 1930s Edward Green was the supplier of officers boots to the British Army. Famous Edward Green enthusiasts were the Duke of Windsor, Ernest Hemingway and Cole Porter.

Designed in the 1920s, the Dover is Edward Green’s signature shoe. The hand-sewing process is so delicate that a pig’s bristle must be used to sew rather than a needle, allowing the two sides of the shoe’s upper to be sewn edge to edge where they meet at the toe – creating the so called ‘split toe’. The split toe derby is also called a ‘Norwegian derby’ because the style of apron was said to have been pioneered by Norwegian fishermen.

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