Here it is – the first instalment of the Best of British series.
‘What?’ I hear you scream at the top of your lungs.
The Best of bloody British series, my friend.
For the entirety of 2018, I will be on a quest to showcase the finest brands that this wonderful little island has to offer. This may take any form and will span each category on the blog – Mind, Body, Food & Drink and Culture.
Kicking off with a bit of culture – and also kicking off the series as a whole, are Goodwin Smith.
So, who are they?
Goodwin Smith are a footwear company founded all the way back in 1928 – no new kids on the block here. It all started when two blokes had an argument outside a pub, like all good stories should.
Ernie Goodwin and Walter Smith were arguing over who was the better shoemaker. Finally, after arguments (and a few pints) had ceased it was decided that together, they would in fact, be better.
Fast forward to 2018 and Goodwin Smith are still flying. The care and attention to detail is still evident in their shoes. After inspecting my boots I could see why each shoe takes up to a month to manufacture.
The one selling point for me with a brand comes down to whether they have some personality about them. The guys at GS have this in abundance thankfully. When I got in touch with them, they said they don’t do contracts. They just told me to have a look at the boots and let people know what I think of ’em.
How bloody laid back is that?
Also, they had me covered for valentines day…
What did I go for?
I went for the Wilpshire Brown brogue style boot. Apparently this is a best seller, so my fashion sense mustn’t be quite as awful as first thought.
Once you open the box and get a big fat whiff of that leather you just know it’s gonna be good. The fact that each shoe comes with an individual dust bag just put the cherry on the cake.
I don’t want this to sound like a big paid for advert because it’s not – I was just genuinely impressed by the whole package.
What I liked
The main thing that really stood out for me was the build quality more than anything else. As I said before, these guys take up to a month to make their shoes – and with each being made here in Britain, you know the design is going to be of top quality.
Coming in a close second is the design itself. Along with the build, it makes the boot a knockout. I can’t vouch for the other options in Gooodwin Smith’s range but these are up there with Dr. Martens’ quality for me.
What I disliked
The only think I did dislike was the tongue seemed a bit too far forward. This means you can’t tighten the top of the boot as much as you might like.
However, considering you can actually wear these without the laces (as a Chelsea boot), it won’t shouldn’t affect the fit too much.
Apart from that, I haven’t really got any complaints about the boot – or the company as a whole. Great team & great product.
Overall, I’d say you have to give Goodwin Smith a go. The Wilpshires retail for £130 but if this is a bit steep for you, they offer shoes for about £30 if that sort of price is more what you’re looking for.
If you do have that sort of cash going spare, get these. If you’re a single bloke then you’re in luck – they’ve also got mad pulling power apparently…
You can get your Goodwin Smiths from their site and check all their stockists here. Make sure to post a picture with them and use the #BuckingGoodShoes for a chance to be featured on their social media.
If you don’t fancy that, you can still be a member of the GS club regardless. The only rules are that you have to “enjoy life, get stuck in and take the occasional risk”.