Eric Musgrave

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Wear Winkers this summer

Looking for some new shoes for this year’s holiday? Look no further than the Winkers selection from talented shoemakers Carré Ducker.

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The partnership of Deborah Carré and James Ducker has produced some very splendid bespoke footwear in recent times. They are worthy members of the guild of The New Craftsmen.

Luckily for those of us who can’t afford bespoke footwear, these disciples of St Crispin have unveiled the latest versions of their rather nice ready-made shoes aimed at vacation-time strolling. Their new slip-ons – fringed Irish linen uppers printed with a crayfish design created by London-based Thornback & Peel – happily straddle the frontier between formal and casual shoes. I like ‘em.

We gathered to examine the crustacean-decorated loafers at the inviting premises of Thornback & Peel at 7 Rugby Street, just off Lamb’s Conduit Street on the outer reaches of Bloomsbury, London.


Here I am with Deborah and James and a few examples of this summer’s Crays Collection, which are available in pale blue, pale brown and light green options. Made in Norwich, England, with a leather sole and lined with soft kid, these nifty trotter-covers retail at £150.

And moving on from shoes, if you in the market for some lovely prints, point your gaze toward Thornback & Peel, who clearly know what they are doing.

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Thanks to James Wilkinson who snapping Deborah, James and I. see James’ more serious photography at



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