Last No. 236
Produced in January 1961. Last 236 is a Main Line last with a blunt round toe, the most traditional Crockett & Jones toe shape used for formal business Oxfords. Connaught is now the only remaining style on last 236, with an air of the English shoe trade from years gone by. There are no plans to discontinue this traditional toe shape with its slightly shorter forepart. Fitting advice from retail… Last 236 presents one of our shorter toe shapes, and, while fitting true to size, the wearer’s toes will sit relatively close to the front of the shoe. The toe shape is aesthetically similar to lasts 314, 325, 335, and 365.
The most easily recognisable of all classic styles, is the elegant English Oxford. A formal style that dates back over two hundred years, it is thought to have been named by the students at Oxford University, although it is almost certain that the style predates this ‘naming’ further still. The sequence of operations for constructing an Oxford differs to a Derby. The Inside and outside Quarters are stitched underneath the Vamp and the tongue is stitched in separately underneath the Quarters/Vamp/Facing. Often referred to as ‘Closed Lacing’.