Established in 1873, Church’s are a powerhouse of English-made footwear, but have always steered more towards the formal end of the spectrum. Never being shy about innovation, they have really broken the mould this time with the release of their Mirfield range of trainers. It happens that Church’s were acquired in 2000 by Prada, and I can’t help but wonder whether there is an element of their influence creeping in there. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact, the Prada influence may shift the shoemaker just far enough out of its conservative comfort zone to bring in a new breed of customers. Enter, Church’s sneakers.
I must admit, when I first saw these, I couldn’t quite believe it – but now officially want a pair. They come in 6 colours, four in calf leather, one suede and one in gabardine. I genuinely can’t decide which I want the most. I think the suede – I love the contrast gabardine piping detail on the inside of the quarter and the ‘Church’ de-bossed onto the leather tab on the tongue. The row of 8 pairs of eyelets completes the slim aesthetic of the shoe.
Church’s Mirfield Sneaker in Reed Superbuck