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The Classic Adelaide


I what I love about the adelaide oxford is that in the grand scheme of shoe designs, it is relatively new for being such a classic look. I am quite sure that it did not come around until the 70’s. In reality that last comment is just speculation but I don’t really recall ever seeing archival shoes that were adelaides, not at least the really old ones. Yet it has the feel of being around since the dawn of time. I personally prefer an adelaide oxford to a straight classic oxford. I feel that the pattern allows for so much more to be done with the shoe, in terms of two tones and what not. Overall I just feel it looks smarter i.e. not too boring.

With that, I just wanted to share this beautiful adelaide oxford by Edward Green in their ever stunning color called Nightshade, found at Skoaktiebolaget. (where the pictures are also from)

Feast your eyes and enjoy!


Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

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2 thoughts on “The Classic Adelaide”

  1. Once again you are right and I am wrong, However, if the correct answer was an essay question and not true or false then I will get partial credit.
    a) My first thought was Edward Green, so correct 2 points. I see Edward Green as the seminal maker behind so many of the highest quality English style producers that have now entered the market with innovative interpretations of classic shoes. (Vass once they wised up and produced lasts that weren’t hideous blocks, St. Crispins, Gaziano & Girling, Carmina etc..) I hope this doesn’t push Edward Green into the niche of a “status luxury brand” with absurd markup multiples just for the name.
    b) I failed to think of the classic adelaide as a balmoral with just stitching. Instead I thought of it as having brogue stitching with punching. Wrong 0 points.
    c) Further error, I thought the adelaide was a whole cut with just punching only around the yoke and nothing on the toe. -2 points – F failure

    Aside, I can proudly say it took me years, but I finally procured a tie with a Spitalfields weave. Part of the problem, salespersons didn’t know what the weave was even though it might have been in their store.

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