The Samuel Windsor shoe brand as we knew it when we purchased and reviewed the following pair of shoes has now shut down. For high-quality, comfortable, and affordable dress shoes, we recommend checking out Beckett Simonon.

Goodyear welt construction is considered by many to be the be-all and end-all of shoe construction methods. This is because it’s a method that allows a shoe to be resoled many times over without causing damage to the upper. There is often an elevated price tag for shoes that are made in this way.

Brown Suede Semi Brogue With JeansUntil a few weeks ago, if you had told me that I could buy a pair of Goodyear welted shoes for under $100, I’d have laughed in your face. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I’m nicer than that, so I would have just been politely skeptical.

This is precisely how I approached shoes made by Samuel Windsor, a British company that makes a full line of clothing and shoes that’s designed for guys on the tightest of budgets. Given that my son’s day care has essentially increased my rent by 80%, I appreciate a company that keeps a man like that in mind.

But what about quality? While I love a good deal, I’m also a firm believer in the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Were these guys serious about selling Goodyear welted shoes for as low as $79?

Overall, I have to say that Samuel Windsor makes a decent shoe for the money. The quality of the product itself is fine, but the customer service is really what impressed me the most.

Samuel Windsor Classic & Prestige Collection Review

Samuel Windsor offers two collections of shoes: Classic and Prestige, retailing for $79/pair and $99/pair, respectively. Both utilize Goodyear welt construction. The only difference is that the Prestige Collection uses a higher grade Italian leather on the upper and sock liner, and has more padding in the sock. The company’s flashier designs and evening shoes are from this line.

Point being: there’s a difference between collections, but not in the construction. To read more about Goodyear welt construction, see our piece on Grant Stone shoes.

I got a brown suede semi-brogue from the Classic Collection and Paul got a navy blue suede tassel loafer from the Prestige Collection.

What’s In The Box?

Samuel Windsor Black Shoe Box

Picture Of Inside Of Shoe Box

For a $79 pair of shoes, I was impressed by what came in the box. The shoes themselves were carefully wrapped in branded paper and each thoroughly stuffed with paper to help them maintain their shape. The shoes also came with a plastic-but-sturdy shoe horn, a pamphlet with company information, and an additional set of laces. There was also a pre-paid return shipping label, which I thought was convenient.

Brown Suede Brogues Stuffed With Paper

Shoe Horn Shoe Laces And Shoe Information On Card

It’s worth noting here that these shoes claim to be “handmade.” While I would never call anyone a liar over this, there is no way that this is technically true for a shoe that costs $79. There’s no way it’s true for a shoe that costs $350. There’s no way it’s true for a shoe that costs even $800.

Fully bespoke shoes or ultra high-end shoes like John Lobbs that cost well over $1000 per pair are handmade.

I have no doubt that trained human hands did indeed carefully guide these shoes through shoemaking machines over a multi-step process. But handmade? Unless a shoe is fully bespoke, then it’s highly unlikely that such a claim is true.

In fairness, Samuel Windsor is not the only company to use this terminology in such a way. In my early days in the footwear industry, my company sold a gorgeous shoe that was “Benchmade in England.” This was legally true but a bit sneaky, as “benchmade” is synonymous with “handmade” and only about 20% of the work on those shoes was done by hand. The rest was done by machine, albeit by a highly-trained artisan in England.

They retailed at $425, and that was in 2006.

Materials & Fit

As stated above, Paul and I both ended up getting suede shoes. I selected a chocolate semi-brogue, and he got a navy suede tassel loafer. While it’s unfortunate that we didn’t have a chance to review a leather option, it gave us a great sense of the company’s customer service (detailed further below).

Another positive that came from that is this bit of advice: if you’re going to buy budget shoes, suede is a much more forgiving material than leather.

Sole Of Brown Suede Semi Brogue

Sole Of Navy Suede Tassel Loafer

Honestly, I’m a bit jealous of Paul’s shoes, which will look killer with a pair of white trousers in the summertime.

Collage Of Three Photos Of Brown Suede Semi Brogues

Being a British company, Samuel Windsor sizes its shoes in British sizing, and a good rule of thumb is to go a full size down from your American size when converting. Paul has a wide foot, a 14 wide to be exact. I’m on the other end of the spectrum, rocking a 7D on my 5’4″ frame. He ordered a 13, and I ordered a 6.

Paul wasn’t optimistic about the shoes fitting all that well, but he liked the style and has dealt with imperfect shoe fits in the past, so no big deal. They fit so well, in fact, that he was surprised and delighted by it.

Collage Of Navy Suede Tassel Loafers

My shoes were a touch big, especially on the left, which is the smaller of my feet. This was easily remedied by an insole, but as a buyer you should know that our experience is that the shoes run a bit large.

Customer Service

Navy Suede Tassel Loafers On Steps

If I were willing and able to climb a mountain (and let’s be clear, I’m not), I would sing Samuel Windsor’s praises from the mountain tops with regard to their customer service.

My contact was a lovely gentleman named Dan. He was quick to respond to emails and was unfailingly kind throughout the process, which is a great start. What really got me was how he handled an issue we had with the first set of shoes we received.

I initially ordered a 6.5, and Paul requested a two-tone leather shoe. The 6.5 was far too big on me, and unfortunately, the leather pair Paul ordered had some quality issues on the upper. It was disappointing.

When I reached out to Dan and explained the problem, his response was something that customer service managers should train all of their employees to do: he apologized for the quality issue and sent us replacements immediately, before I even had a chance to drop the originals back at the post office, using the pre-paid return label.

This “we’re going to take great care of you, no questions asked” attitude makes me feel confident in buying from this company. Dan handed me off to another representative when he went out on paternity leave, and everyone else I worked with was equally kind and accommodating.

The Look

I put my brown suede semi-brogues on with a pair of jeans, as it was a Friday and I was feeling a bit casual. The wife and I went for a stroll after an hours-long rainstorm.

Man In Brown Shoes And Cream Sweater

Man In Jeans And Brown SHoes Against Wall

The beauty of a brown suede semi-brogue is that it can be dressed up or down. It gives jeans an air of sophistication they may otherwise lack, and it’s a nice way to take a bit of stuffiness out of a worsted wool suit.

Man In Cream Sweater And Jeans

Navy Suede Tassel Loafers And Brown Suede Brogues

Final Review: 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Brown Suede Semi Brogues And Jeans

Samuel Windsor offers good value. In the world of budget clothing, it’s difficult to find items that are reasonably well-made and also good-looking. That these shoes came with a shoe horn and extra laces was a very pleasant surprise that added some value to an already well-priced item.

Are the materials here top notch? No. If you want really high-end leather and suede, you’re going to have to pay more. Are these the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn? No, but I’ve paid a lot more for shoes that have wrecked my feet, and I’m sure these will mold to my foot over time anyway.

Are there better looking shoes on the market that are constructed this well at this price point? I sure haven’t found a pair. For $79-$99, these are a great value and if you spend that elsewhere, you’ll get a lesser product.

Offering stellar customer service and a value-driven product that’s a great fit for a young man who’s just starting to build his wardrobe, I’m happy to recommend Samuel Windsor.

Samuel Windsor Shoes
Reviewed by Michael Oxman, on .
"These shoes offer solid all around value. The price point, construction, and excellent customer service come together to make a product that looks good and costs little. Happy to recommend!"
Rating: 4.0 ★★★★

About the Author:

Michael is a husband, father, clothes horse, musician, and Asian food enthusiast. When he's not blogging or changing diapers, he's playing bass guitar and singing in his Beatles tribute band.


  1. feildfilled June 11, 2017 at 12:14 am - Reply

    I dont know which employee wrote the above review. Samuel Windsor shoes are awful. Poorly sized, one bigger than the other. Don’t get me started. Avoid like the plague.,

    • Michael Oxman June 12, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Hi there,

      We appreciate you commenting. The review did state that the shoes seemed to run a tad large. While one shoe did seem larger than the other, I know that my left foot is a bit smaller than my right (as is the case with most people) and thus can’t fault Samuel Windsor for that.

      Given the price point and excellent level of customer service we received, we still feel that there’s value in the brand for a budget shopper.

      • Paul Anthony June 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

        I’d have to agree with Michael.

        I’ve been wearing my blue suede tassel loafers, and think they are more than acceptable and a great summer shoe re design.

        For my personal tastes and high level of shoes currently in the collection, I’d personally avoid their leather offerings. But for me the suede ones hit the mark on the balance between quality and price.


        – Paul

    • Oli November 13, 2019 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Hi there,

      I’ve had two pairs of shoes from Samuel Windsor and both have been of excellent quality and build. I think you may have been unfortunate to have had a bad experience.
      Sorry to hear of your troubles though. :(

      • Charles-Philippe November 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        Hi Oli,

        We too have had several good experiences with Samuel Windsor since writing this review. It’s a shame that feildfilled had a negative experience.

        All the best,


    • JOHN HUNT March 4, 2021 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      he must be stupid , great shoes great price and stylish , i think you need to be avoided like the plague ,,,

  2. whatsthis field July 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Poorly made. bad sizing. Stick with made in the usa.

    • Michael Oxman July 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Hello there,

      Thanks for commenting. As I mentioned in another comment, our experience with their customer service department coupled with their price point allows us to stand behind our assessment of the shoes. It is true that there are better shoes on the market for sure, but for a man on a budget, we think that these do the trick, especially in suede.

  3. Aaron August 10, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I’m not surprised you had to send a pair back because of bad leather. not a fan of these shoes.

    • Michael Oxman August 10, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Hi Aaron,

      Thanks for reading. The leather issue was indeed unfortunate, but again the customer service level we received was top notch. Furthermore, I’ve seen this kind of thing happen with shoes that have higher price points too. It happens!

      All the best,

  4. ctdp@btconnect.comc November 23, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

    for £ 40 its outstanding value, so many armchair critics . well worth the money

    • Paul Anthony November 27, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      I’d have to agree!

      You get what you pay for, and with these you get fantastic value….

      – Paul

    • LARRY October 3, 2020 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      They make their shoes in one width E. ( Wide width)I’m an 11 B American size. There’s no way I can wear their shoes, although I’d like to. They are very nice looking.

  5. John July 28, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    They say hand made loake shoes are hand made but some machines are used like presses sowing machines etc so part of these shoes will be made by hand not fully handmade from start to finish

    • Paul Anthony July 30, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply


      There are differing standards of “hand made”, just like other industries / country certifications. For example what is classed as a “Swiss Made” watch can be confusing.

      Cheers – Paul

  6. Brian Meckler August 2, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I bought some shoes from Samuel Windsor recently. They say if you are a USA size 10 that you should purchase a 9.5. I followed their advice and the shoes are way too big. I saw reviews from others stating that the sizing of their shoes are inconsistent. They wouldn’t accept my return so I guess I have to wear clown shoes or throw the shoes away. I’d avoid buying from this company.

    • Paul Anthony August 6, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Dear Brian,

      Thanks for the feedback. This is not good to hear.

      I’ve personally had two pairs from them with no issues at a UK size 13.

      Are other in the community experiencing other issues? If so I’ll re-write this post, and offer up some other options….

      Cheers – Paul

  7. R Levy August 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    I bought a pair of penny loafers. The left is definitely smaller than the right and I never had this problem with any other company. For what I paid and for the casual wear, not for long walks, they are fine but the price and quality are what you would expect.
    The leather is not the highest quality but, again, for a moderate price they will do.
    I would buy from them again.

    • Charles-Philippe August 31, 2018 at 5:41 am - Reply

      Hi R Levy,

      Thanks for your comment. Glad to hear that you’re overall happy with Samuel Windsor. Indeed, they’re a solid choice when on a tight budget. Did you change the pair where the left was larger than the right?



  8. Chad October 25, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

    One issue I have is that the sizing is little inconsistent. My Thursday or Allen Edmond stuff is size 12.5 U.S. and I ordered the 12 UK and it really feels more like a 13 U.S. when I wear them. My Thursday and Allen Edmond stuff gets a nice hug 12.5 U.S. on my feet compared to SW 12 UK, as those feel there is some slippage in the shoes.

    All-in-all I am happy with my purchase and look to eventually order some other products they make in shoes for budget stuff to add into my shoe collection.

    • Charles-Philippe October 25, 2018 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Hi Chad,

      We’ve noticed that sizing is something that’s often quite inconsistent. Either way, we’re delighted to hear that you’re happy with your shoes.



      • Chad October 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

        I am interested to hear how the Suede has been holding up since you’ve ordered your shoes and have been wearing them. Also interested also to see how the leather sole is wearing.

  9. Charles-Philippe October 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Chad,

    I would love to tell you but the reviewer (and owner) of the shoes no longer writes regularly for Bespoke Unit. However, I’m confident that they’ve been wearing well!



  10. Martin, UK March 18, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I have nine pairs of SW shoes and boots. I think they are manufactured in Portugal to reduce costs. Definitely agree that sizing can be inconsistent – for example, my size 9 1/2 (UK) Oxford boots are a tighter fit than my size 9 brogue boots – so be sure to ask for a returns label when ordering in case you need to exchange. A couple of points regarding the rubber-soled shoes – they can be very slippery on wet, tiled floors and the rubber heels wear down quite quickly. For the price though, the quality of these shoes is excellent and mine have attracted many compliments.

    • Charles-Philippe March 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Martin,

      Thanks for sharing your experience of Samuel Windsor here! It’ll undoubtedly be helpful for other people in the future!



  11. Ed Minto January 4, 2020 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I have about 6 pairs of Samuel Windsor shoes that I have been wearing on and off about a year now. The suede shoes are fine and all the black leather ones look great. All have held up well. But, do not buy any other color than black. Because many of these shoes use corrected or bookbinders leather the brown colors have cracked under the sprayed on top coat and look terrible. They cannot be repaired because the finish is painted on. A better option is to buy high quality slightly used shoes from Crockett and Jones, Churches, Peel, etc. on EBay. For the same price or less you get the highest quality top or full grain leather that will stand the test of time.

    • Charles-Philippe January 6, 2020 at 3:37 am - Reply

      Hi Ed,

      Yeah, I completely see where you’re coming from and we tend to have a similar philosophy. If you are willing to invest in shoes then you’ll be rewarded with a better return. Of course, getting them secondhand is absolutely fine and I used to do this a lot too before we started really focusing on shoe reviews here.

      When it comes to great brands that offer excellent value for money, it’s no secret that we’re huge Beckett Simonon fans here!

      All the best,


  12. J. Wheeler February 9, 2020 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I have a pair of Samuel Windsor brogue Country Boots in tan. They do run very large. I had experience with their sizing in the past so I ordered a full size smaller. They are still a bit large but being a boot I tend to wear with thick wool socks an they fit fine. They look great and I get compliments all the time. I know they are not high end but I actually like them better than some of my much more expensive brands! As for the oxfords that I ordered; I sent them back!
    The return was easy and fast. I was impressed.
    One note on shipping: my order was held up in customs and took a while getting to me. This can happen anytime you order from across the pound.

    • Charles-Philippe February 10, 2020 at 6:39 am - Reply

      Hi J,

      I have those same boots! They’re great for the price and take a good beating. Like you, I find them to be too large but thick socks and an inner have straightened that out. I find that the welt is a little hard and difficult to break in so the inner turned out to be quite worthwhile.

      Thanks for the feedback!

      All the best,


  13. Bigizin April 1, 2020 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I’ve ordered a total of five pairs of S.W shoes. I wear a U.S size 13 so I ordered a U.K 13 just to be on the safe side and yes the fit larger than my other size 13 shoes, however they feel very comfortable on my feet. I wear them interchangeably as you should do with all of your shoes, so I haven’t experienced the wear and tear of any of my old or current shoes. Look gentlemen, for the price, style and craftsmanship that goes into these shoes I give them 5 stars easily. If you truly want fine leather Goodyear welted shoes for under 100 bucks then your going to have to search and shop on another planet! Currently no one has that option. My personal suggestion is to spend $200 to $500 dollars in order to get what you desire in a shoe. Then no one will have to read your silly complaints about how you expected handmade Bestow shoes for again under 100 bucks. Please stop smoking Crack! It’s destroying your since of reality.

    • Charles-Philippe April 2, 2020 at 3:57 am - Reply

      Hi Bigizin,

      Absolutely. At this price point, it’s admittedly hard to beat Samuel Windsor. However, if you do want true quality, your suggested price range is what we would recommend too.



  14. Sarah June 11, 2020 at 3:03 am - Reply

    You have mentioned about avoiding leather options due to quality concerns – would this apply to patent leather also? Interested to see if the patent would either enhance or hinder the overall appearance if quality isn’t the best


    • Charles-Philippe June 11, 2020 at 5:00 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      I have a pair of patent leather monk strap shoes from Samuel Windsor. They’re fine but just bear in mind that they crease very quickly. This is quite typical of patent leather shoes that are cheaper due to the methods used to make it. If you want patent leather shoes, I suggest that you invest wisely.

      I would currently recommend Ace Marks as they use Italian calfskin crust leather that will provide you with better long-term value. They’re pricier than Samuel Windsor but they offer superior quality, comfort, and construction. They’re also cheaper than most brands that follow the same production techniques.



  15. Robert Stewart July 6, 2020 at 5:31 am - Reply

    I like the Samuel Windsor shoes that I have bought but they are a bit on the tight side so do you do any wider fitting shoes

    • Charles-Philippe July 6, 2020 at 5:58 am - Reply

      Hi Robert,

      I believe that Samuel Windsor only use a single last shape, I’m afraid.

      All the best,


  16. M2 August 4, 2020 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for doing this review guys! I usually wear my shoes a US size 11. The problem is I have relatively narrow feet so would it be a good idea to buy these a size lower perhaps a size lower like a size 10? It seems like I have to convert lower for a UK side. What should I do?

    • Charles-Philippe August 4, 2020 at 5:20 am - Reply

      Hi M2,

      It’s true that Samuel Windsor shoes are a little wide and you do have to convert to a UK size, which means that you go one size down from a US size. However, I would be reluctant to go down an entire size as it may then be too short. However, if you’re still on the small side, it might be worth trying!

      All the best,


  17. M2 August 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Charles-Philippe,

    Appreciate your suggestion! I was thinking the same thing that going down an entire size might be too short for me. I just dont see myself fitting in a 10 that’s a stretch but I will give 10.5 a try and hopefully it works. Also hope the exchange process is not a hassle either. I will update you on that and how they feel. Thanks so much!

    • Charles-Philippe August 4, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Ok, sounds like a plan! Let us know how it goes and keep us updated!

      All the best,


  18. Ian Fleming January 16, 2021 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I ordered 3 pairs of SW shoes in August and wear the two black ones to work almost every day.
    I got a black leather full brogue, and a black leather pair of tassel loafers. I also got a pair of leather Oxfords in Oxblood.
    Re. The black shoes:
    Initially I was sceptical of my purchase and thought my shoes would stick out like a sore thumb, as when they first arrived the leather was grotesquely shiney (is this because the top layer is sprayed on?)
    The tassel loafers really took a while to mould to my feet but now they are brilliant.
    Likewise the Brogues took a while. I was particularly worried about the shininess of the leather, with I thought was really crude. However after a few days of rainy weather this shininess was long gone.
    I use an old horse hair brush when I finish off polishing them and now the leather on both black shoes has a very pleasing, worn-in and high quality look. People have asked me if my Brogues were from Loakes etc. They go really well with some flannel and Donegal tweed trousers I wear. Overall I am so happy with the black leather shoes. I accept the leather isn’t high quality, but with a high quality horse hair brush (used to be my great grandfather’s) the leather polishes up really well – it has a tasteful, refined sheen that has moulded to my feet so well giving them real character.

    However the Oxblood brogues look SO tacky I wonder if I will ever have worn them in enough whilst wearing them at home and in the garden for the tacky top layer to wear off a bit that I can actually polish them and wear them in public. So I think your comment about avoiding tan, brown or oxblood leather is correct when it comes to SW shoes. Black is excellent, I’m certainly going to get some suedes soon too. However the Oxbloods look like I’m wearing a pair of toy cars on my feet.

    As a young man who likes well made apparel but can’t really afford a pair of Jermyn St. shoes right now, SW is a god send. But avoid leather if it’s not black!

    • Charles-Philippe January 18, 2021 at 3:19 am - Reply

      Hi Ian,

      Thanks for your detailed input here! I’m sure it’ll be valuable for other people considering SW.

      All the best,


  19. Steve June 23, 2021 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    My thoughts on this are: you shouldn’t have to reach out to customer service when you receive a new pair of shoes, or any product. I can undestand the sizaing issue with British vs American, but ‘disappointing’ poor quality leather uppers?

    Yes, I suppose if you have little spending money for shoes, but lots of time to deal with customer service calls/emails, returns and so on, this might be a good bet, hoping you are lucky and don’t have problems. The price suggests that they sell poor quality shoes and hope most people won’t bother to complain. If they had quality control, they’d probably end up with lots of shoes that didn’t pass QC. They probably resell any returns that look ok and hope no one says anything. At the price they are now selling the classic shoes for in the UK, the Classic Cheltenham Brogue for £25 (the Prestige range is around £30!) could be worn until you scuff them, you donate them to the charity of your choice nd slip into another new pair. I know people who spend more on McDonalds drive through.

  20. Charles-Philippe June 24, 2021 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Absolutely. They’re great for what they are at their price point, but that’s not going to come without any quirks.

  21. Stephen Thickett February 18, 2022 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Having purchased two pairs of shoes from the company I have nothing but praise for the quality, fit and price of the shoes I own. They are very comfortable and well constructed also.
    I do not work for Samuel Windsors.
    I am not affiliated to Samuel Windsors.
    I am not being bribed by Samuel Windsors.
    I am just a very happy customer of Samuel Windsors and recommend them without reservation.

    • Rafael Dominguez February 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Hey there Stephen,
      Thanks for your comment! We were also fans of Samuel Windsor shoes (and their customer support) before they shut down. It seems like someone has bought the brand and is continuing to sell shoes from a UK website, but we have yet to try these so can’t really stand behind them before trying them.

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