- MANUFACTURER: LETHATO
- MODEL NO: CAPTOE OXFORDS
- SIZES: 6.5-13
- COLORS: TAN AND WOODEN
- OUTER MATERIAL: LEATHER
- SOLE: RUBBER
- ALSO: HAND PAINTED, ARGENTINEAN FULL GRAIN LEATHER UPPERS, GOLDEN COLOR METAL, HANDCRAFTED
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 75%
- PRICE GUIDE: $110-$130
- OUR RATING: 4.7 OUT OF FIVE
These are a quality shoe. We firmly believe that the Captoe Derby Boot Style Oxford Shoe, by manufacturer Lethato are a shoe not to be messed with!
As you can see, these are a duo toned, hand painted shoe, constructed from Argentinean calf leather.
This makes them an exquisite wearing experience and pretty easy on the eye, to boot (if you’ll pardon the pun).
With some eye catching gold colored metal aglets (the things on the end of shoelaces) these more than make the grade.
This particular style is a cap toe style of Oxford Derby.
THE OXFORD SHOE
Originally, an Oxford shoe was a closed shoe, which had the eyelets under the shoe’s vamp.
The style has undergone a few transformations since they emerged in the English university city of Oxford.
Initially, it is thought that the boot had slits on the side, where they laced. But this then moved to the top part of the shoe.
Although there are other theories, it seems probable that the Oxford shoe originally had a plain toe cap.
These types of shoe still exist, but this particular style lends itself well to both a decorative toe cap and also wingtips.
THE DERBY SHOE
The Derby has been around since at least the mid nineteenth century and was used in sports and hunting. At the start of the twentieth century it became more formalized and was acceptable attire for a city gent.
This is more ‘open’, because the lacing is not sewn closed at the bottom.
This also has the advantage of making them more adjustable and as a result, more comfortable.
A Derby style shoe is probably more forgiving of the wider or oddly shaped foot, than the classic Oxford is.
But back to these Lethato Men’s Captoe Derby Oxfords. As the name implies, these are a sort of hybrid shoe, taking direction from both the Derby and the Oxford.
Confused? Yes, we are a bit too.
But the main thing is that it all comes together, so beautifully, into one piece of footwear.
These cap toes are described as being a dress shoe and are 100% handmade.
In terms of color option, it is slightly limited. But that shouldn’t matter as both are subtly sophisticated.
Choose between tan leather and wooden. Although both similar shades, there is a suitable distinction between these two styles.
The tan has a polished, shiny finish to them and with a darker toe cap, perhaps appear a tiny bit sleeker than the wooden effect ones do.
Which is not to say that the wooden style is anything but sophistication itself. Wear these shoes and be noticed, we say – but not because you will be luminous or too loud.
The wooden (style) shoes are notable enough to make people turn their heads and even make you want to tap the side of them, to see if they really are wood! (They’re not!)
Both styles have a tan leather lining and are finished with a rubber sole.
This, plus the hand stitched leather upper ensures a high quality finish that looks more expensive than it really is.
On the surface of it, these are quite sleek and formal looking shoes, which appear quite narrow.
So, what is their general fit like?
Pretty impressive, by all accounts. Three quarters of customers gave these the thumbs up, in terms of correct fit.
That is good enough for us! Also available in a half size, these shoes span a 6.5 to a 13. So, it should be easy enough to find something that fits you okay.
Sometimes, with shoes that look this good, comfort can be compromised.
When we look at the general shape of this shoe, it has a fairly narrow toe and this might, naturally, make you wonder whether it is going to pinch after it has been on for a long time.
Well, the good news is, not really. At least, we haven’t managed to hear about it, if it is the case.
Because these are handcrafted shoes, attention has been paid to the comfort levels in them.
With a cushioned sole and a nice soft leather lining, these should set your feet up for a day of hard wear, no problems.
Yes, we’re not expecting you undertake the Boston Marathon whilst wearing them, nor are you going to be clambering about a cliff edge in them.
But for normal, everyday wear, they are more comfortable than they first appear.
Naturally, these are an event shoe. Or, at the very least, a work shoe.
These Lethato Men’s Captoe Boot Style Shoe are the final word in smart style. You would probably don a pair of these for that all-important date, or social event.
Designed for occasions such as weddings, glitzy restaurants and other snooty events, these are clearly not designed to be worn every day.
As a leather shoe, we are reasonably confident that they should stand up to a few spots of rain, but you aren’t going to be jumping in any puddles, are you? (Are you?)
We are confident that these are so comfortable you can wear them all day long, to that posh event and won’t even want to take them off afterwards!
In short, wear them for what they were designed – cocktail parties, restaurants, smart events and the office – and everything will work out just fine!
If you are still in any doubt about the quality of these boot style shoes by Indian company Lethato, then let us spell this out, nice and clearly;