Alfred Sargent Handgrades: Bristol


With Alfred Sargent Handgrades you can take the saddle shoe (which they call the Bristol) in as wild or as conservative of a direction as you choose. We could see you walking away with a pair in purple suede and antique oak calf, or navy suede with midnight blue calf.

The Bristol shown here is done in caramel suede with cognac rustic grain calf. The last is the 19, a classic round toe that’s probably the most conservative of the three lasts unique to the Handgrade line.

Though they’re not pictures, the soles are single leather, with a fiddleback waist, the standard finish for all Handgrade shoes. That sole may seem a bit formal for a saddle shoe, but we like the juxtaposition, an analogue of putting formal details on country inspired clothes.

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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