Born out of bustling Victorian-era London in 1885, Frank Wright originally made peg-sole boots for the cavalry officers at Chelsea barracks. After establishing itself as one of the leading names in British footwear, the brand relocated to a workshop in Kettering, Northamptonshire and spent the next few decades pushing the boundaries of footwear innovation. Down the line, Frank Wright’s foray into more fashion-focused design territory led it to become a major part of the ‘Carnaby Street’ scene in the 1960s, cementing its place in British youth culture. Today the company draws on influences from its rich heritage, creating a mixture of trend-led footwear and timeless silhouettes with a modern twist.
Frank Wright Autumn/Winter 2017
For its AW17 collection, Frank Wright continues to create stylish, contemporary footwear, with a large dose of classic styling. By combining interesting fabrics with fresh shapes, the new range introduces plenty of versatile styles that are perfect for the colder months ahead. Oiled suede is one of the key materials used this season, offering up a more weather-resistant alternative to traditional suede. Boots also feature heavily, with a mixture of lace-up and slip-on styles forming the foundation of the collection. As always, there is a strong attention to detail, with instantly recognisable Frank Wright finishing touches, such as orange and grey tabs, appearing throughout.
Key Style: The Chelsea Boot
Footwear doesn’t come much more versatile than the Chelsea boot. This classic style is perfectly at home coupled with a pair of jeans, or can even be teamed with a slim-fit suit – a look favoured by the achingly stylish mods of the 1960s. This undisputed cold-weather wardrobe staple features heavily in Frank Wright’s AW17 range. Along with the return of best-selling models like the Vogts and Sundance, there are a number of new shapes. ‘Edwin’ is one such design, featuring a durable, cleated sole unit and milled leather upper – the perfect accompaniment to a pair of turned-up, selvedge jeans.
Key Style: The Desert Boot
The king of casual footwear, no shoe collection is complete without a desert boot. Created to be worn by British Army forces stationed in Burma, it wasn’t long before this comfortable style found its way into the world of menswear, remaining a firm favourite with savvy dressers ever since. Its popularity is due in no small part to its endless wearability, looking just as great with tailored separates for smart-casual events as it does with a T-shirt and chinos at the weekend. For AW17, Frank Wright is offering up a selection of takes on this timeless classic, along with slightly dressier chukka styles, rendered in oiled suede, canvas, leather and oxide. The brand’s designs manage to retain the traditional desert boot look, while incorporating its own contemporary design touches.
Key Style: The Derby Boot
There’s nothing quite like a pair of rugged Derby boots for stomping your way through the unforgiving winter weather. This enduring style oozes masculinity and has the bonus of being incredibly easy to wear. With a whole host of designs available in a variety of premium materials, the new Frank Wright collection has something to suit every taste. The robust-looking Clyde model is a leather ankle boot finished with classic Derby-style stitching, while the Eden’s sleek lines and subtle broguing makes it the perfect smart-casual option.