Herb visits… John Rushton Shoes
John Rushton stocks wonderful shoes: sturdy Alfred Sargent brogues, Lormoc penny loafers, Sebago boat shoes, hard-to-find Sanders Playboy chukkas – the style so loved by Steve McQueen – and a range of discounted, end-of-line models from revered Northampton makers. It’s light, clean, well-stocked, and pleasantly laid out, with shoes arranged down either side and on a central display. And best of all, there’s John Rushton himself, who speaks with eloquence and enthusiasm about the shoes he sells, but also (and by no means limited to) shoes he has loved and lost, watches, jazz, cars, movies, the Duke of Windsor’s fabulous dress sense (and odious personality), the virtues of LL Bean, working with Joseph Losey, Pendleton shirts, rugby, and the benefits of brightly coloured luggage.
It is stating the obvious to wish there were more shops like this; we're just delighted that there's even one.
John Rushton Shoes, 93 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0EQ. Tel: 020 7629 1888
Photographs by Garson Byer. See more of Garson's work at In A Lonely Place.
John Rushton: the last independent men's classic shoe shop in central London
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