Gateway Angels: Brandenburg
A subtle banker's shoe with a trimmed Angel sole and JF brogue detailing, the Brandenburg is the shoe for those victorious on the battlefield of board meetings. Produced in a Vietnamese factory, which is owned by Japanese shoe-makers, who were trained in England using 19th century traditional methods, the Gateway Angels are some of the most classically fabricated (and international) shoes we have made in recent years. Featuring waxy Italian leathers that glow of amber and obsidian on a classic capped toe pattern, the Brandenburg ensures you walk home with your head held high (and hopefully all three points).
*Leather soles can be slippery at first, and should not be worn in heavy wet weather, or on salted sidewalks as they may compromise the strength and structure of the sole. Many buyers choose to 'topy' leather soles to remedy this.
Shawn and Catherine from our Washington DC store says:
Because the Brandenburgs have a tapered toe, most people size up a half size for the best fit.
18 reviews so far... write yours!
Frederic-Alexandre Decelles from Montreal:
It's an original shoe, I've had tremendous pleasure wearing them and they look fabulous.
Chap from Edmonton, AB:
Walking on Air
You do feel like you`re floating! I have them in Oyster... very cool colour. Works well casual and dressy. Very unique look.
andrew from chicago:
love them, tough to lace up though
I love the look of these shoes and think the soles add to the comfort considerably. If you are looking for a psuedo dress shoe that is more stylish than your typical boring black wingtip this is a great shoe.
If there was a concern is was that I'm a simple man and always get confused lacing them up. Regardless, i'll overcome that deficit and continue to wear and enjoy them.
Got my oyster Brandenburgs yesterday, had a hard time getting them on (new stiffness), did it, walked around a bit—and today, the second day in, I don't want to wear anything else. Great shoes: good-looking, finely made, really flexible, and that soft Angel sole makes them bouncy and debonair. I suspect they'll become even more comfortable, as handmade shoes and boots do, too. The off-white color goes with everything, and the bonus is, it's uncommon. Fine footwear indeed.
Anon from West Virginia:
I received an email from Fluevog about these new shoes through their mailing list. Within a week I was putting on a great pair of the most comfortable brown dress shoes I have ever owned. This is my third pair of Fluevogs, oh wait, they have them in black, soon to be fourth pair of Fluevogs. I am a very happy and satisfied customer. Continue the delivery of great and soulful shoes.
I've got a down payment on these babies, and can't wait to wear them. I've been waiting for Angel soles on dress shoes for a long time.
Now it's time to take it a step further- Angel soles on some more of the funkier, stylish dress shoes and boots. I LOVE the elegant shoe styles at Fluevog, but almost all, especially the nicest coolest ones, have very hard soles, and are difficult to wear in NYC where everything is hard. So please... more angel soles on more styles... thanks John!
I just got these, and I have to say, they are bloody amazing. It's like a pair of classic English brogues on top and a party on the bottom. Seriously, hand stitched uppers and a latex sole. Who knew? Thom Browne would approve and my grandpappy too.
Leo from Vancouver, BC:
Most Comfortable Shoes
These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn and I wear them with both dressy and casual clothes. It feels like I'm walking on clouds!