Brown Chelsea Boots
Size: UK 7, they fit like a 41
Flaws: light signs of wear
Composition: 100% Leather
Country of origin: Made in Scotland
Paul Harnden Shoemakers is one of the most iconic yet also equally mysterious brands in the world of avant-garde and artisanal fashion. Little is known about the British designer and his work since he is notoriously shy and barely any information exists. However, what is known is that Harnden, who actually started as a shoemaker in 1985, expanded his line to clothing in the year 2000 with the help of fellow designer Elena Dawson. Dawson, who left the brand again in 2006, has since made a name for herself in the industry as one of the most important designers in this niche.
Yet, although so little is known about him, for many, Paul Harnden is the most important designer in the world of avant-garde fashion and the point where it all started. A whole generation of designers like John Alexander Skelton, Archivio J.M Ribot, and Ziggy Chen are all to some extent inspired by his work and his methods.
Notably, fellow fashion designer John Galliano and German filmmaker Wim Wenders are also both fans of Harnden´s work.
For many, his level of craftsmanship is beyond compare. He uses a lot of century-old techniques that are responsible for the outstanding quality and antique look of his products. All pieces are fully handmade in England/Scotland and designed in his studio in Brighton.
All of Paul Harnden's shoes have a certain feeling of age to them. Even if they are brand new, they never really look like it, which is a core principle of his design philosophy. This specific pair of shoes is inspired by a classic Chelsea Boot. It is a quite low version of the former in dark brown suede with the usual worn-it aesthetic. The shoes are unisex.