Church’s Urban Crossover collection

Lockdown 2.0 is going to be challenging, what with the short days, the month-long American election, dipping temperatures et al. The solution? A brand new pair of chunky monkey shoes from Church’s Urban Crossover collection. The old saying goes that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but the person who coined the sentiment obviously hadn’t ever tried on a pair of Church’s shoes.

The Northamptonshire-based shoemaker’s loafers, lace-ups and deliciously chunky Chelsea boots will, after all, not only keep you sure-footed whenever you wear them, but they’ll also last you a lifetime (and beyond – spooky) if you take proper care of them.

Work-From-Home mood

The Pembrey penny loafer, for instance, features a split toe, coated tongue and double-stitched apron, while elsewhere, the Coalport lace-up boot boasts an even more rugged silhouette with the updated hyper-light tread sole design. Playing neatly into this season’s current trend for boots and shoes, which would work just as well on military sorties as they would around town, the heavy-soled collection has a smart-meets-casual aesthetic, which perfectly suits the strange work-from-home mood of the moment.

It perhaps shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Church’s has bought so wholesale into the heavy-duty boot trend, given that the brand’s sister company Prada was really where the whole thing started. Miuccia has been sending out boots and shoes suitable for paratroopers for several seasons now, and it’s a look which has gathered pace both in the fashion world and beyond.