At the start of this year I made a resolution to stop wearing black trousers to work. I began by having two pairs of trousers made: navy blue and grey. The socks have been taken care of. Now I needed to find the right pair of shoes.


Stylish Italian men have made brown shoes look well with navy trousers. Brown shoes and grey trousers go together as well. I looked around for a nice pair of brown lace-ups that had a leather sole and would not break the bank.

Last year I purchased a pair of black Montgomery by Bristol Shoes. I’ve had them for over six months now and I must say I’m impressed with them. I checked out other models of Bristol Shoes and decided to purchase the Travis – a Norwegian split toe derby. The retail price of this model is PHP 2,880 but I got it at 15% discount which brought down the price to PHP 2,448.


A Norwegian is a shoe with a U-shaped design on the vamp. And of course the split toe means that the tip of the shoe is split in half. It’s a derby which means that the laces are tied between two pieces of leather that are attached to the vamp.


I broke them in the next day and they look really good with jeans. I walked a few blocks from my pad to a weekend market on the other side of town. They’re very comfortable and I noticed they added extra padding to the heel. The lining is all-leather and won’t scratch your feet. The leather of the uppers is soft but not too soft. It will crease in some areas and should give the shoes some personality over time.


What’s also good about Bristol Shoes is that they have a sole repair service for PHP 600. They will replace the sole with a new one and your shoes will be as good as new. You can drop them off at their boutique in Market! Market! in Taguig City.

Bristol Shoes is available at all major department stores in the Philippines. They are also available at the Shoe Gallery located in Riverbanks Center, Marikina City.