I had no idea these were available for purchase online (besides the exclusive Inventory collaboration I talked about here). Speechless.
"Mark McNairy is the creative director of J.Press, and is world renown for breathing new life into traditional mens garments & shoes. His new footwear collection is a perfectly executed mix of classic details and old-school craftsmanship with a distinctly modern sense of style. We're proud to offer these exceptional products as an online exclusive.
Each shoe is crafted by hand in Northamptonshire, England (see a photo of the factory below). The Goodyear welt is a method of attaching the sole of a shoe to the upper. The upper is temporarily drawn over the last and a strip of leather (the welt) is stitched to the upper and inner sole. The sole is then hand-stitched through the Welt to complete the process. This construction allows multiple sole replacements, extending the life of the footwear. Goodyear welts are characteristic of high-end handmade British and American shoes."
So yeah, those navy chukkas may be the coolest shoe I have ever seen in my entire life. No joke. I am going to go cry myself to sleep now. Goodnight.
p.s. ACL talks Red Brick Soul here.