Looking for a new pair of shoes this festive period and you will be hard pushed to find a source of better quality than British label Oliver Sweeney, arguably one of the most prestigious brands in the Mainline Menswear collection.
When it comes to specialist designer labels very few are more passionate or skilled in their trade and these qualities have helped them become a leading figure in the footwear industry. They have single-handedly been smartening up menswear for a number of years now, bringing smart, traditional styles into the mainstream.
Each and every season the brand strives to make better quality shoes and as the trend for brogues and boots grows stronger each year- particularly in the winter- Sweeney has benefited to become known as one of the most sought after and prominent makers of these styles.
This year you will find a number of styles including the following:
The taste for Chelsea boots has really started to peak in 2014 and Oliver Sweeney makes perhaps the most luxurious version of them all. Made from the finest leather, you can be sure they will last a life time if you take good care of them.
If there’s one thing Oliver Sweeney are best at it has to be making brogues. They offer them in such a huge range of choices, styles and colours that there really is one for every occasion and taste- they have become a collectors item. The Hasketon is a particularly eye-catching model released this season which has a traditional appearance with a chestnut brown finish and contrasting textured leather, giving it a rugged seasonal feel.
With a distinctive resemblance to the classic brogue design this shoe comes with the difference and is a classic example of the on trend statement winter boots which can be worn in a host of different smart and casual ensembles. The Danby boot is finished with a high quality contrast buffalo leather.
The man behind the high end brand we see today earned his stripes as a footwear designer during his childhood in Leicester where he would spend weekends working for his father and grandfather who were skilled cobblers. During this time he successfully began repairing and making high quality shoes and once he started designing his own shoes it was only a matter of time before he started selling his own collection too. In 1989 he set up his business and secured a luxury retail space in the prestigious Harrods department store where he would serve the customers himself.
Over the years Oliver Sweeney has developed a distinctive style which has emerged through extensive research into which materials look and feel the best. The “Anatomical Last” is a promise they deliver for precision in terms of fit, proportion and wear. Each and every shoe is built to feature this unique trademarked guarantee which mimics the profile of the human foot. The sculpted fit highlights their belief in refinement and superior quality as well as style and good looks.
The AW14 collection will be popular this Christmas time as both a gift and as a wearable shoe for the smart social occasions such as parties and family gatherings and the collection is characterised by a typically bold approach to design. Their formal style shoes are perhaps most popular in the Chelsea boot and brogue styles but as ever they have an eclectic mix of styles which look sharp but still feel comfortable, fashion forward and wearable.
As noted on fashionbeans.com, Mainline Menswear is a recognized seller of the footwear and stocks a broad collection of their latest offerings including some silhouettes which offer a glimpse into the brands direction for the Spring/Summer campaign coming up in 2015.
Remarkably, Oliver Sweeney still uses the same manufacturing factory as it did upon its formation in 1989 which is a small family run factory on the east coast of Italy. For each shoe there is said to be at least 128 components used to perfect the final product.