2010 Washed Leather 'Explorer' Boots with Sheep Fur Lining
Size 44 - UK 10 - US 11.
Burberry Prorsum 'Explorer' boots from A/W 2010-2011. In brand new condition with Burberry box, carry bag and authenticity card. The soles exhibit minor signs of shop wear. Made in Italy. RRP: £495
A/W 2010-2011 was one of Burberry's most coveted collections in recent years, with almost every signature design becoming a highly coveted object of lust. Inspired by aviator and workwear classics, Christopher Bailey expressed the rugged and aggressive sides of the Burberry man and created one of the most copied collections of the decade. An instant success, these boots were one of the collection's most renown pieces and were worn in most runway looks.
The boots are made from thick and heavy leather that has been washed to give it a vintage appearance with pronounced grains and beautiful texture variations. They has an elegant and sleek shape that is somewhat offset by a tall and slim shaft that is entirely lined in thick shearling. The fur has been left unshaven and undyed for a rugged natural look with defined curls. The directional look of the shaft is finished with a slit opening that is secured by a chunky strap with a heavily oxidised bronze metal buckle, while the back has a layered construction with metal studs.
The construction of the boots is of a very high quality with beautiful attention to detail. The heavy stacked leather soles have a traditional welt construction, which is further enhanced by the addition of custom rubber tread soles that are secured with metal screws. The interior of the shoe is fully lined in fur and soft calf leather, while the hardware is engraved with the Burberry logo. All stitching and seams are executed precisely and it is fair to say that these boots will last for years only to look better with age.
Overall, these statement shoes are one of the most iconic Christopher Bailey designs in recent years; a closer inspection of their luxurious finishing and unique design makes it easy to see why. Their unique use of shearling has been copied numerous times since their showcase and original pairs are incredibly hard to find, especially in brand new condition.