The black steel gates that separate Downing street from the public have always been a controversial subject, providing a suitable symbol for the accessibility and division between
Government and the general public. Everyday from
these gates, hundreds of tourists and paparazzi snap photos of #10 Downing Street, where the British Prime Minister resides. But here at Fluevog, we have been more curious about #12 Downing Street which was formally the Chief Whip's Office (what is a chief whip, and where can we get one?). Once numbered #13 until it burnt down amid suspicious circumstances, The Chief Whip's Office was renumbered #12 out of
Inspired by antique gentleman's boots, John drew up designs for a classic brogue boot with gorgeous buttery Italian leathers. Using 19th century traditional methods, the lace-up Downing Boots feature leather soles, leather heel lifts, a removable buckled strap harness, and a timeless almond toe shape. Legend has it that on
particularly hot evenings, one can see the ghost of Spencer Percival roaming Downing Street in boots not unlike Fluevog's Downing Boots.
4 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Tito from Vancouver:
Vivacious! But with poor craftsmanship
These shoes feel great, are incredibly comfortable and walkable, sexy and sleak, though at a cost. Within my first two weeks rivets began to pop out, and the stitching on the front of the boot began to unravel. Within 2 months I was replacing my sole completely, sadly. I wore them casually, mostly on carpets at work..
Posted by MarcJ from Brussels, Belgium:
I'm not a fashionista but I love good shoes that have that special touch which makes you smaile when you wear them.
These are just great indeed: light, good support and yet flexible enough.
I just love them.
Posted by Eddy Skipka from Boston, MA:
The first time I walked into a Fluevog I didn't know what to think. But I did see these and was taken aback. The design is not wingtip nor is it cap toe. It is an amalgamation of the two which sets you apart from anyone out there.
The burgundy is more of what was described to me as "oxblood". It is not lipstick red but it is not black. It is a dark red that has even darker parts mixed in so that the shoe is not one color. With me that is a must for colored shoes. I hate the plainness of a flat color shoe and it gives it a lot of character.
I have since worn them with and without the buckle which is adjustable, removable and can be worn on the instep and by the ankle. I have paired them with dark denim, cords, and suit slacks all successfully. They go with everything I own and have gotten many comments about them. Definitely a conversation piece but very classy and would be business/dress appropriate.
Posted by Alfred Smith from Birmingham, AL:
I LOVE my Downing Boots
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting your Portland store, saw the Fluevog Jaguar, and had my first glimpse of the totally awesome Downing boots in burgundy... which I purchased at once! I was so taken with them, that I asked to wear them as I left the store. They are very comfortable, and are the envy of all who see them; in fact I had three compliments on the cool shoes within ten minutes! Thanks again for keeping me in style! :-)
P.S. Special Thanks to Gerry, and the rest of the Fluevog staff... Y'all Rock!