Oxford Toe Cap
We produced these shoes because of the extensive effort made by many Masons to look their best whilst in Lodge, and the formal black toe cap Oxfords were by far the most popular choice. For that reason, we have chosen this style over a Brogue or Derby style.
The most formal of footwear styles thought to date back over two centuries was reportedly named by the students from the famous English institution, Oxford University. Other worldwide references include the ‘Oxonian’ shoe, and from across the pond the ‘Balmoral’ or ‘bal’.
The shoes are embossed and branded with the iconic Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) which is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect's tools and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons.
Along side the discreet but still identifiable symbolism adorning the uppers, The in-sock and sole are both emblazoned with the Masonic emblems, we believe we have developed the perfect footwear for brethren the world over.
We chose to use the Goodyear Welted construction the most prevalent construction method within our range of shoes due to the overwhelming positives. The sole is stitched indirectly to the upper, via the Welt which gives this type of construction its name. Welted shoes are easily re-soleable, they mould to your feet, are generally more water resistant than more direct sole attachments and as they can be repaired so many times, welted shoes can last for many years.
A high-quality Oxford toe cap with fine calf leather uppers, leather lining and sole. A discreet Square and Compass emblem adorns the upper. The in-sock and sole are both emblazoned with the Masonic emblem. The shoes come with a black shoe bag for keeping them tidy.