Ben Sherman Brandford Review

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It’s advantageous for any man to possess a pair of chukka style shoes. The classic look makes it work with any wardrobe and is uniquely aesthetically pleasing. Perfectly suitable for casual wear, but easily turned smart or business casual.

It is rumored that the name for the chukka shoes originated from polo, the game. A period of polo was called a chukka. This style became wildly popular when the Duke of Windsor wore a pair in 1924. These shoes are mid-tops, meaning they extend above your ankle, but not up to your shin. They usually have a small number of eyelets with thin laces. They are commonly constructed with some form of leather, but other materials are also used. In this case, the Ben Sherman Bradford is made of a tightly woven cotton material.

A three eyelet lacing system will give you just enough adjustability to achieve a secure and comfortable fit. Your feet will stay happy with the soft fabric lining and cushioned insole. The midsole and outsole are synthetic rubber and are flexible yet durable. The Ben Sherman logo is featured on the heel and tongue of the shoe. There is also a pull tab for easier donning.

Consumers have reported the there isn’t an abundance of support or cushioning, but that is expected from a shoe such as this. It is made more for the style than for long duration comfort. It is easy to pair them with any clothes in your closet. It is also said that they run a bit on the narrow side, so you may want to consider ordering a half size up. This chukka is available in sizes seven through thirteen and there are eight color options. The colors are shades of blue, green, grey, and black.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very versatile
  • Affordable
  • Long-standing company
  • Classic yet trendy
  • Cushioned
Cons
  • Run narrow
  • Only medium width available
Brand

Brand

In 1963, Arthur Sugarman founded the company, Ben Sherman. His father was a salesman and he was born Jewish in Brighton. Sugarman moved to the United States via Canada in 1946 and became a US citizen. He got married and ended up returning to Brighton in 1963 to establish a factory to produce shirts.

It came to Arthur’s attention that jazz fans in the 1960s were purchasing from American shirt brands like Arrow, Hathaway, and Brooks Brothers. Jazz artists in Amerca, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and a jazz artist in Canada named Oscar Peterson wore these brands.

Arthur took it upon himself to create his own version of this shirt style, along with colorful vacation clothing that ended growing rapidly in popularity in Mediterranean Europe and the United States. Sugarman used better quality constructing materials and more intricate detailing in the stitching than the shirts that were being imported for the other brands.

By 1965, a backstreet in London had opened its upper floors to an office for the Ben Sherman Originals label. This office space served as the display room for their beachwear and shirt collections. Brighton housed the very first store for Ben Sherman in 1967.

In 1975, Sugarman made a move to Australia after selling his business. For the next many years, the company was passed from owner to owner, ending in the Sherman Cooper Group being created. Then, in 2004, a second brand called Ben Sherman PLC was created. In 2004, the Ben Sherman label was purchased by Oxford Industries for one hundred and forty-six million dollars.
Style

Style

The chukka style of footwear can be worn in so many different ways with so many different looks. Primarily meant to be casual, chukkas ended up being worn as dressier shoes that suited business casual and smart casual outfits.

To achieve the casual aesthetic, wear with jeans and any type of top and jacket combination. Smart casual ensembles are a great option due to the chukka’s classic shape. For smart casual, a pair in black is the way to go. This will give you a look of sophistication that is easier to match with a “smart” style. Black jeans, a t-shirt, and blazer would be a great combination for this look.

Chukkas are good for more than just an evening or weekend out, but they can even be worn for a business casual appearance. Choosing a dark color in the shoe and pairing them with trousers and a blazer or sweater will perfect the business casual look so that you can walk into the office with confidence.
Upper

Upper

The upper of your shoe is very important in that it is responsible for a lot of comforts related to flexibility and breathability. Everybody wants a shoe that doesn’t require weeks of break-in time because they hurt so bad when you first put them on.

Tightly woven cotton fabric material is what is used for the upper of the Bradford. The process for woven fabric begins with cotton fibers being spun into yarn. Then that yarn is weaved into fabric. This process has existed for over six thousand years. Being tightly woven means that the endpoints are fewer and therefore will not be as easy to wear out rapidly or pull apart due to friction.

Cotton fabric is great when the weather is warmer because it allows more airflow than other shoe materials. It is also lightweight and won’t cause your feet and legs to become fatigued too early in the day.

When it comes time to clean your fabric shoes, you’ll just need a toothbrush, soap, and water. Dirt and debris are lifted out of the material by the fine bristles of the toothbrush and any extra dirt is picked up by the water and soap.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is the part of the shoe that is going to provide you with protection from the elements and from the sharpness of stepping on sharp objects or uneven terrain. The outsole can also make or break the entire shoe as far as comfort goes. If your outsole isn’t flexible or sturdy enough it can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue in not only your feet but the rest of your body as well.

The midsole and the outsole of the Bradford chukka are both made of synthetic rubber that is durable and flexible at the same time. Having two layers of support and shock absorption will be very advantageous. This is a flat style shoe, so if you have any problems with pain in your arch, you may want to reconsider or try them on in a store for a while to see if you can live with the fact that there is no arch support. You can always invest in a good pair of orthotic insoles as well.

You’re probably not going to be taking these into the woods or streams, so the outsole doesn’t need to be incredibly bulky or have huge lugs and grooves in the tread pattern. That would unnecessarily weigh the entire shoe down and create a lot of fatigue and discomfort. There are small grooves throughout the tread of this outsole for the typical day-to-day walking.
Airflow

Airflow

Feet that can’t breathe, sweat. And feet that sweat in shoes that can’t wick it up, smell. And usually, when you reach that point, bacteria have grown. The bacteria then causes foot diseases. All of this can be easily prevented if you’re careful about the material used for the upper of the shoe you choose. Some fabrics are highly breathable, while others leave your feet in a sauna.

Instead of walking around in a pool of your own sweat, look for an upper made of cotton fabric. It is a lightweight material and is extremely breathable, allowing airflow to assist in keeping your feet cool. Being a natural fiber, cotton absorbs moisture. It does not repel moisture, so you won’t want to be jumping in any puddles. You’d then soak your feet anyway.

The lining in the Bradford is also a breathable soft fabric. The most common material used for the lining of footwear is fabric. It absorbs moisture, thus creating more comfortable and sterile shoes. Fabric lining can stand up to wear and tear without losing its shape rapidly.
Fit

Fit

Whether you plan on wearing a pair of shoes for five minutes or five hours, you need to be sure the fit is right for your foot in order to save yourself pain, discomfort, and fatigue from carrying around a pair of shoes that aren’t right for you.

Firstly, the sizes that are available at this point in time are sizes seven through thirteen. There are not any half sizes available. The only width offered is medium, and consumers have reported that they do run on the narrow side. Therefore, if you have wider feet, you’ll either want to order a size up or consider another shoe altogether. You’re the only one who knows your feet.

There is room for adjustments with a lacing system that has three eyelets. You may not be able to adjust the snugness the whole way down the top of your foot, but you will be able to give yourself a more forgiving or more secure fit. This is helpful especially for people who have trouble with their feet swelling throughout the day. It’s easy to just reach down and loosen the laces.

People either find comfort or annoyance in a shoe that has a mid-high top. If you’re not used to wearing shoes that cover your ankle, you may be on the annoying side. However, some people find comfort knowing that their ankle is covered. No, it does not guarantee protection from injuries, but it may help lessen the blow if one were to occur.
Comfort

Comfort

Having the step-in comfort of a soft, cushioned, flexible, lightweight, breathable shoe is amazing, right? Softness is gifted to you by the fabric lining. If you’re somebody who chooses to wear shoes barefoot, fabric ones are the ones to do it in. Not only will the fabric absorb the moisture you produce, but it will also be smooth against your skin.

The footbed consists of a cushioned insole. And if the cushioning in the insole proves insufficient, you can easily insert an extra insole to give your feet the support where you specifically need it. If you experience any foot pain from arch issues, plantar fasciitis, or other painful conditions, you may want to consult your Dr about which type of insole will work best for you.

The flexibility and lightweight feel you receive from the fabric upper and the synthetic rubber outsole will allow your feet the freedom to move more naturally and comfortably than in thicker, heavier shoes. This will also keep you from experiencing pain, discomfort, and fatigue from lifting heavy shoes or being restricted in your movements. The airflow allowed by the fabric upper will also keep you comfortable by working with the lining to make sure your feet stay dry and cool as much as possible.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

No matter what your typical style happens to be, you can incorporate your wardrobe into an outfit easily with the Ben Sherman Bradford chukka shoes. They are extremely versatile and can be used for a casual, smart casual, or business casual look. Meaning you can wear these shoes to walk around the block, go out to dinner, see a movie, or to a casual business meeting.

With eight color options available, you’re sure to find the shade that matches your style and wardrobe. The eight colors are shades of grey, blue, green, and black. Being such neutral colors makes it even more convenient to mix and match your outfits. You can keep the neutral, easy-going, classic look and wear shades of grey, blue, or black throughout the rest of your attire. Or, you can kick it up a notch and add pops of color here and there. Maybe a bright belt, jacket, or colored jeans.

This chukka-style shoe is something that all men should have on hand. It’s an easy go-to for any casual or semi-formal occasion. The Ben Sherman Bradford is very affordable, especially for the quality and the benefits you will reap from wearing them.