While on the hunt for some new footwear, I was approached by Cow PR to look at some of their shoes from the John White collection. Now, I’m not one of those guys who intends on featuring brands/clothing for the sake of it/crowd-pleasing. I like to try things that I would actually use or buy myself, as well things that I have actually seen/felt in person. And so I introduce John White, a relatively known but over-shadowed shoe brand.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my shoe brands. One of my best buddies is a shoe fanatic and can tell you everything and anything about them, and some of his knowledge has definitely passed on to me (apart from the fact I worked a year part-time at Clarks, that’s insider knowledge for you right there). I love the quality and classic look of brands such as Church or Grenson, but what do these brands have in common apart from looking slick and dapper? They are a hefty investment. Sure, it indeed IS an investment (and one I’d recommend), but as a newbie to the fashion industry, flailing money around for me isn’t really a viable option.
So what do you do? Check out some of the more underrated brands. Do NOT lower your standards and go for cheap cheap alternatives, where shoes will crumple at the touch of rain, or just simply look tacky and cheap. Right - talking way too much about shoes and not enough about the brand.
John White is a brand with over 90 years of history. While I’ve never worn them myself, the brand name has lingered around and it wasn’t until last week that I got to actually see some of their new collection for myself. From the minute I took all of the samples out of their boxes I knew exactly which ones I liked the most. The suede was of good quality, the colours were spot on (for my personal tastes) and the soles looked tough. I was only sent singles of the suede brogues so had to mess around a bit with the shots, but if I definitely had the money, I’d probably buy both pairs and wear different-colour ways anyway!
I personally found them quite comfortable, though like all shoes they definitely needed some breaking in (which I wasn’t going to do to samples of course). Price wise they range from the £100-200 mark, which I don’t find particularly expensive for a pair of shoes that you want to last. As mentioned previously, the rubber sole was definitely a plus - I’ve had bad experience with leather soles, and as much as I love them, I already have poor balance, I don’t need to be slipping and sliding because my shoes can’t adapt to different surfaces. They aren’t too thick around the shoe and actually have quite a nice finish to them as well. I really did like the suede collection (see: Langham styles) and those Chukka boots were definite contenders for my Clarks Desert boots.
Hope you like the shoes, some of the shots are a tiny bit blurry which doesn’t do them justice, but I was experimenting a bit with product shots and layouts. I’d love to comment on the durability of these shoes but I’m not one to purposefully trash them either, so no word on me on that front!
Thanks again to Cow PR for sending me the samples to try out, was very pleased! Check out John White’s collection at their site here.
- Mr. Boy