Saturday, 7 July 2012

Crocodile oxfords of the day - Cliff Roberts

I decided to blog about the below bespoke crocodile pair of oxford made by my favourite new starter bespoke shoemaker Mr. Cliff Roberts, whom I admire, respect and I am very honoured  to know him. 
The below pair is special, as it is made by Mr. Roberts Sr. for his son young Master  Roberts for his prom. A gift from father to son. Very special indeed.
What makes this pair special? Well, I assume Mr. Cliff Roberts picked up the crocodile hide with much care and being very selective. The shoes from my observation are made of two kinds of crocodile leather, one large scaled and the other smaller scaled. Then the scales are matched to look identical which can be a difficult process, but Mr. Roberts succeeded in accomplishing the task. I suppose that is why Mr. Roberts did not make them a whole cut but a stitched cap toe. Very beautifully renditioned, simply love this pair, a gift from father to son. How may of us can say we have or own something which is made by our fathers? Not many I guess. Congratulations Master Roberts and a tribute to Mr. Roberts for this very special shoe. Wear it in good health young master Roberts.

Black crocodile bespoke oxford shoes for young Mr. Roberts.
The sole of the shoes
The owner of the shoes, young Master Roberts, looking very dapper.
 Master Roberts in his bespoke crocodile oxfords made by his father.
Pictures sourced from Mr. Cliff Roberts of Northampton (England)


  1. Wow- I'm gonna ask Mr Roberts how much a pair like this would cost- not sure I could afford them, but they're worth starving for!

  2. Hi Anonymous,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Get in touch with Mr. Roberts, he is on Facebook. He is a reasonably priced artisan, they will not be cheap as we are speaking of croc or alligator hide, but will be the price worth. Speaking of starving, I am still thinking how many months do I have to save to get a pair of crocodile shoes from him. Hopefully - in the near future.

    Have a pleasant weekend.

    The Shoe Aristocat

  3. Thanks- I've already contacted him and when I'm in the UK i'll go to springline for a bespoke last, he said he'll meet me there and then I'll ask him if he can make me something similar- all his shoes look wonderfull though, and at a fraction of the cost of Lobb for instance.

  4. Hi Alex,

    Glad to hear that you are in touch with Master Roberts and you will be getting a bespoke last from Springline. Hoping to hear more of your bespoke croc adventure and looking forward to see the beauties once ready. Yes, his creations are beautiful and the cost is affordable for the hard working man who wishes to have bespoke, elegant, timeless and classic shoes.

    Best regards
    The Shoe Aristocat.

  5. Love the black Crocodile Shoes. Great article, conveying some useful information.