British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney has revealed its Autumn/Winter 2015 footwear collection, with the label drawing inspiration from the world of photography. Capturing classic boots and lace-ups surrounded by vintage photography equipment, the collection explores the connections between the art of capturing images and traditional shoemaking techniques to create a collection of sophisticated silhouettes for the modern Joe.

Oliver Sweeney Autumn/Winter 2015

The collection sees premium casual footwear that has been crafted using the same techniques and materials as the Oliver Sweeney’s more formal pieces. Hand-brushed leathers and minimalist detailing keep things sophisticated but practical, with designs made for “the kind of photographers who would stop at nothing to get the perfect shot.”

For something more formal, Sweeney’s trademark Blake stitched construction is headed up by the rich Burgundy leather Colledara, which is a wholecut Oxford lace-up with a lasered cross-hatching that’s designed to echo the grip on vintage Leica cameras.

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The Bedford Black is a classic five-eyelet Gibson shoe, which is finished with minimal seams for a contemporary feel. Crafted from a mix of buffalo leather and waterproof wool uppers, as well as being Goodyear welted with a Finproject lightweight commando sole, it’s finished with a contrast pull tab and a Tan leather split welt for a thoroughly modern look.

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But our favourite in the collection comes from Oliver Sweeney’s Compass collection in the Estrela Navy, which is a contemporary update on a classic brogue, with a Finproject sole for added comfort. The Estrela uses signature Compass collection design cues such as the gimped welt detail, thick leather uppers and a tan leather heel counter. This shoe bridges the often intimidating boundary between formal and casual.

You can check out Oliver Sweeney Autumn/Winter 2015 collection on the Website now where prices start at around £179.

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