A couple of months back I had a chat with Julian Nelson, the co-founder of A Fine Pair of Shoes who runs the shop with his wife Sarah. I had a little experience of their business, I had read about their shop and I had talked with people who knew them and I’d got the picture that they are offering nothing less than some high quality products with extremely fine and well customer service.
After chats and changing emails I’m happy to have AFPOS as the first official “supporter” of DressLikeA. To start this joint journey I will share with you some thoughts by Julian about the business, shoes and above all how to take care of them.
1) Tell a bit of your history, how did you end up founding A Fine Pair of Shoes?
J: I had a history in Commercial Finance and Sarah was in HR and we started with a love and admiration of fine footwear. We wanted our own business and 8 years ago, while working in other professions, started buying and selling fine footwear all made in England. This progressively grew and allowed us to concentrate more on driving the business in the right direction. We wanted to continue to focus on the high end English shoe manufacturers and developed A Fine Pair Of Shoes to do this. With our experience built up over several years we have progressed and built the business into something both myself and Sarah are very proud of. A small company with big ideas.
2) At the moment AFPOS carries Alfred Sargent and Sanders, why these?
J: We wanted to concentrate on niche manufacturers that offer something quite special in the world of English shoe making. These two companies offer these attributes and we are very proud to be official stockists of these brands. Their depth of knowledge and craftsmanship is quite simply stunning, and this bedrock of manufacturing excellence goes into every pair of shoes and boots Alfred Sargent and Sanders make.