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The next investment...

Nigel Cleaver discusses his own impressive Crockett & Jones collection and which styles he desires to add to it.

The next investment...

Can you really have too much of a good thing? Probably not, though when considering your next footwear purchase should you approach the decision with some rigour? Or buy on a whim?

Truth be told I’m more of an impulse buyer susceptible to the lure of the shoe store. When you add a talented and knowledgeable member of staff keenly passionate about their wares, then I’m an easy sell.

With all this in mind what am I to do when the good lady states that I should treat myself to some new footwear for a wedding we’ve been invited too later this year? Now, I’m not naive, I do know this proposition from the Duchess will subsequently cost me new outfits for the ladies in my life but who cares, I’ve been given the green light yet I’m lost!

Well, perhaps I should do this with some strategy, apply a method to spot a hole in my collection. Maybe I should take an inventory, heaven knows I’ve been asked many times. That may take too long…

What am I to do when the good lady states that I should treat myself to some new footwear?

Firstly, how am I for Oxfords? I have black, brown and burgundy etc covering Toe-Caps, Punched Toe-caps, Brogues, Whole-cuts and Adelaides (often referred to in the factory as a 'Gary' Oxford).

Derbys, ‘I have few but then again not too few to mention’, in all colours. I am quite a fan of the split-toe Derby, food for thought.

Now, what about Monkstraps? Both single and double straps are here in black as well as different shades of brown. A well made Monkstrap is a sight to behold.

Once upon a time I wasn’t a Loafer man, that’s changed! I now have several pairs, lined and unlined. Brown(s), burgundy and black so I’m definitely all in there. Versatile, dressed up or down they offer so much, tassels provide that little extra too.

Boots are a favourite and I think I’ve got that covered, nevertheless do I want to wear a boot to a September wedding. Hang on, I do have unlined Chukkas that would work.

Truth be told I have it sorted, I don’t need anything really. Though I shouldn’t miss an opportunity so I’ve narrowed it down, a made to order Lonsdale in Polo Brown Suede? Harvard in Dark Brown Cordovan? Or would they make for me a Vincent in Black Cordovan…

I’ve decided, you can never have too much of a good thing.

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Nigel Cleaver

Nigel Cleaver

Academic, Freelance Writer, Customer & @ignoreatyourperil

Nigel (or Cleav as he is known to many), is an academic and experienced father of the world. Fascinated by menswear and the nuances that surround this fine topic, particularly Crockett & Jones, Nigel’s journey began with an innocent meeting with one of our own Mark Hill, Manager of Crockett & Jones Birmingham. Their shared passion helped light a fire that resulted in Nigel becoming a forerunner on the highly regarded StyleForum as well as an Instagram sensation of a totally organic nature. Another with exceptional C&J experience, Nigel will be our ‘Customer Authority’, discussing those interesting and probing questions that are in the minds of many.

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