The price of quality mens leather shoes

Here at Samuel Windsor we pride ourselves on offering top quality shoes at affordable prices. But some shoemakers have forgotten that we aren’t all millionaires.

From diamond encrusted dress shoes to super exotic leather, here are some amazing mens leather shoes that will well and truly break the piggy bank!

Back to the Future shoes

McFly Hightops

Where we’re going we don’t need roads
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Film memorabilia often has a high price tag, and the Nike high tops from Back to the Future II are no exception.

In the film the big appeal of these shoes is their ability to self tie, sadly in real life you have to do them up yourself. Not quite the gizmo we were led to believe!

But it seems the gimmicky nature weren’t the shoes only appeal, given they sold for $4000 dollars in an eBay auction! The net profit went to Michael J Fox’s charity. A lot of money, but well spent.

Nike gold dunks

Gold-shoes nike dunks

Snazzy doesn’t always mean stylish
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There has only ever been enough gold in the world to fill three and a half Olympic sized swimming pools, so when Nike released their ‘gold dipped Nike dunks’ it stands to reason that they’d be expensive.

But at $4500, you have to wonder if it’s really worth it.

For that price you could buy around 70 pairs of black Oxford shoes, depending on exchange rates of course.

Testoni monk straps

Testoni monk strap shoes

Better start saving
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Italian shoes are known around the world for offering the best in quality and style. But shoemakers A. Testoni took this to a whole new level.

With a lightweight, water resistant hide and an ancient Norwegian construction that requires around 200 manual operations, the price begins to rise.

Chuck in a gold and diamond encrusted buckle, some custom made twine and super soft goatskin and the price sky rockets to a whopping $38,000.

Louis Vutton dress shoes

louis-vuitton expensive dress shoe

Off the scale pricing
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Louis Vuitton, has produced many stylish products over its 159 year history, but in 2010 they decided to bust the bank with a pair of men’s shoes priced at $10,000.

The handmade shoes were created with waxed alligator leather – known for its hardwearing quality and fancy patterning created by the scales.

Understandably, if you’re shelling out $10,000 you want a shoe that lasts. Unfortunately, this pair are more style than substance. Made with Blake construction, the shoe’s upper is folded underneath itself and sewn onto the sole of the shoe. The result is certainly sleek, but it won’t last as long as pair of Goodyear welted shoes.

For now though, it’s time to put the piggy bank away and stop drooling over gold dunked sneakers and diamond encrusted dress shoes. Unless, of course, your wallet is overflowing in which case you can treat the above as a mini catalogue!


Leather school shoes – a stroll down memory lane

As August gives way to September, thoughts turn to the new school year ahead.

Memories of falling leaves, new school uniforms and games of conkers, invoke feelings of nostalgia among those of us lucky enough to have left. This being the case, we thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane to bring you some classic school leather shoes from the past.

Bata Wayfinders

Adventurous shoes for boys

Adventurous shoes for boys
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If ever a pair of shoes left a print on the memory of the masses – that shoe must surely be the Bata Wayfinder. Introduced in 1965, the Wayfinder had a secret compass stashed in the heel, and soles that sported ten foot prints of British animals.

Chief scout, Sir Charles Maclean was so impressed by the shoes that he visited the factory where they were made. In a speech, before dozens of cubs and scouts, he called the Wayfinder ‘such a worthwhile shoe.’

If that weren’t enough, Bata also released a ‘Big Game’ variant that enabled young boys to leave the prints of big cats wherever they trod while the ‘Moonshot’ re-produced a moonscape with every step.

Clark’s Ramblers

70's style: Clarks Ramblers

70’s style: Clarks Ramblers
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No run down of school shoes from the past would be complete without mention of Clark’s Ramblers and their cousin, the Oberon. Their Polyveldt construction and chunky looks made the shoes a favourite with teachers and pupils in the mid 1970s.

Comfortable footwear with soft lines they are the embodiment of 70s cool – as a style you either love them or loathe them. Ramblers have made something of a comeback recently, with the re-launch of the line.

Black daps

Black plimsolls

Black plimsolls
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Whether you remember them as gutties, sannies, daps or pumps, chances are if you’re over 40, you’ll know what we talking about. Plimsolls.

Flat soled rubber and black canvas slips-ons or lace ups were once the standard athletic shoe for school children everywhere. In the days before the advent of high tech training shoes, everyone wore the same.

The name plimsoll comes from the strip of rubber running around the outside of the shoe – which looks similar to the plimsoll line painted on a ship.

Clark’s Commandos

Every pair of Clark's commandos came with a badge

Every pair of Clark’s commandos came with a badge
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It says something about the innocence of the period, that Clark’s Commandos sold on the basis of a chunky tread, a letter ‘C’ embossed in the side of the sole, and some funky 1970s marketing in the the form of a metal button badge.

But it worked a treat – and although these days the shoes are sometimes confused in the public imagination with Wayfinders, the rugged old Commando continues to occupy a place in the heart of many a former child.

Like all old soldiers, Commandos never died, they just faded away.

T-bar sandals

T-Bar sandals for school

T-Bar sandals for school
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Perhaps best remembered from the post war period as the standard issue primary school children’s shoe, the T-bar sandal is still found in some school uniform codes.

Today’s highly fashion conscious children might pale at the thought of being made to wear identical shoes to their classmates – male and female – but not so long ago, no one batted an eyelid.

In some ways at least, the past was a simpler place.