My Top 10 items from the MR PORTER sale

MR PORTER is a well established one stop shop for super stylish design brands. Today I want to share my top 10 items that are available in this seasons sale. The sale ends mid February so get in quick!

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Know your shoes

Craig of That Dapper Chap tells us everything we need to know about the difference between the various styles of men’s shoes

Any dapper gent worth their salt needs great shoes. He also needs to understand his shoes to ensure that he wears the right shoe for the right occasion.

Confused about the differences between an Oxford and a loafer? Unsure what a kilted brogue is? Unsure if you need Monk straps in your life? Worry no more, That Dapper Chap is here to help and tell you everything that you need to know.

Blogger tells us the difference between mens shoe styles

Mens shoes are available in a wide range of styles but can you tell which each style is?


If you’re looking for a formal shoe for the office or a smart occasion Oxfords are the way to go. They tend to be very plain, unobtrusive and inoffensive. They are a very neat lace up shoe, and the section with the eyelets for the laces is sewn under the top section of the shoe. They may come with or without a toe cap and tend to be available in black and brown more than other colourways. A black tie event may call for a pair in patent leather for impeccable elegance.

Influencer tells us the difference between different types of mens shoes

Oxfords: Patent black leather from Cheaney. Brown leather from Cheaney and Oxfords with a toe cap from Next


Another great formal option, a Derby only really differs from an Oxford in that the section that contains the eyelets for the laces is outside and not stitched under the top section. Again they can come with or without a toe cap.  Both Derby and Oxford shoes can come in patterned leather or with brogueing and other details, so they don’t need to be plain if you fancied something a little more interesting.

How to tell the difference between Oxford and Derby shoes

Derby’s: black leather ‘Rutherford’ Derby shoes from Barker. Barker ‘Benedict’ and Robinson’s ‘chester’

That Dapper Chap describes the types of mens shoes

Me wearing Oxford shoes in brown suede by White Stuff

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Private White Collaborate with Grenson

That Dapper Chap tell us about an exciting collaboration between Private White and Grenson shoes. 

For the Spring/Summer’15 season, Private White V.C. unveils an exclusive collaboration range with Grenson Shoes.

Grenson is a traditional English shoemakers with a rich heritage and Private White V.C. are proud to collaborate with such a remarkable company. Despite the many years that Grenson has operated, the brand has modernised to produce some of the world’s best contemporary footwear, under the direction of owner, Tim Little.

Tim Little says of the collaboration “We are very proud of our factory and when we meet someone else who has a British factory, we feel a connection. The Private White V.C. factory has been in operation for over 100 years, so the chance to collaborate was irresistible”

The Private White V.C. X Grenson range, produced in collaboration with the shoemakers’ designers, features three exclusive styles.

All handmade ‘from skin to box’ at the Grenson factory in Northamptonshire, these shoes are made using the traditional Goodyear Welted construction; a world renowned hallmark of quality shoemaking and process which was pioneered by Grenson Shoes.

Featuring distinctive details like bespoke colours and trims, as well as handwritten detailing of the shoes in the lining of each pair.

Private White V.C. Managing Director, James Eden says;

“We have long been fans of Grenson Shoes. The company has an incredible history in shoemaking and their ethos of preserving time-honoured manufacturing skills while evolving to create cutting-edge styles which are relevant in today’s market mirrors ours.

The ‘Wilde’ canvas derby shoes in olive

The Wilde shoe is created in finest cotton canvas in a distinctive Olive green. The canvas is bound around the quarters in a copper shade petersham to finish the edges. This style features a full leather lining and sits on a solid rubber ribbed sole attached to a leather through. Finished with copper eyelets – a signature Private White V.C. touch.

Side view of the olive coloured ‘Wilde’ shoes

A closer look at the ‘Wilde’ shoes

Front view of the ‘Wilde’ shoes

Get yours HERE – £325 (GBP)

The ‘Williams’ suede derby shoes in snuff or mushroom

The Williams shoe is a whole cut Derby shape, made from the highest quality English suede which has been perforated throughout the design. This lightweight shoe carries a ‘skeleton’ lining which allows the holes to function as genuine ventilation. The Williams shoe has matching solid suede facings and sit on a lightweight rubber Vibram Gumlite sole. Available in two shades; Snuff and Mushroom

The ‘snuff’ coloured Williams shoe

The renson and Private White collaboration

Front view of the snuff coloured Williams shoes

The mushroom coloured williams shoe

Get yours HERE – £350 (GBP)


The Private White V.C. clothing range is manufactured at its very own factory, nestled in the heart of Manchester. The factory is currently run and managed by World War I Victoria Cross recipient Private Jack White’s great grandchildren who all share his undying love, passion and dedication to both the British and local textiles industry.

The brand utilises the finest British materials and craftsmanship, sourcing fabrics from local mills and employing traditional manual production techniques. The collection is designed by Nick Ashley, former head of Dunhill menswear and son of interior designer, Laura Ashley.

Social Media: @privatewhitevc

Contact Information

Manchester Factory Store

Cottenham House

1 Cottenham Lane



M3 7LJ

+44 (0)161 834 7521