Barefoot Oxford Diplomat Shoes | #8 Shell Cordovan by Horween | Dainite soles | Luxury edition

£1,799.00 GBP

Barefoot Oxford Diplomat shoes

Special Edition | Made to order Horween Shell Cordovan

* Oxford shoes. A classic British re-designed to barefoot by Gaucho Ninja

* Completely handmade in the UK

* Bespoke 3D printed shoe lasts included: completely made to measure

* Choose every single component of the shoe: Shell cordovan colour, sole, eyelets, laces and thread colour. Contact me for more info

* Horween Shell Cordovan #8 Uppers made by hand in Chicago, USA

* Dainite rubber sole and inserts made in UK

* Blake welted and manually stitched

* Breathable barefoot boots, minimalist footwear design and flexible soles

* Not wide or narrow, made to your exact ergonomic foot shape

* Flat soles, zero drop

* Ideal to wear on your wedding, your business meeting or any formal event.

* Re sole them and keep enjoying them --> Bespoke Sizing Horween's shell cordovan Treatment and conditioning for Shell Cordovan

* Lead time: 5-6 weeks

--> Bespoke Sizing <--
Once the order is confirmed, I will send you a pdf with detailed instructions for measuring accurately your feet. I will then create a 3D shoe last and 3D print it. These shoe lasts will be used from scratch to create your unique patterns to then shape the leather into the boots.
Find more info here about the custom made shoe lasts:

bespoke shoe lasts

--> Horween's shell cordovan, Chicago, USA <--
Shell cordovan is a cartilage found between the grain and the flesh on the horse's rump. This oval shaped membrane is extracted by hand after tanning the hides for several months at the tannery in Chicago. There are only two shells per hide, the average size about 1,8 sq ft each. For the uppers in a pair of boots I need about 4,5 sq ft or 2 to 3 shells. Horween Shell cordovan is the most expensive leather in the world. The reason is simple. It has many amazing properties. It does not create wrinkles. You can polish it to mirror gloss. It is the strongest leather in the world. The most exquisite leather articles (shoes, wallets, watch straps, handbags) are made of Shell cordovan. The name comes from Cordoba, Spain, the origin of shell Cordovan, where shoemakers were known as Cordwainers (those who work with cordovan leather).
The most famous colour from Horween is the #8, the one I use to make this Chukka. They make other amazing colours and if you want to explore other options, contact me and I will guide you in this wonderful journey.

horween shell cordovan

--> Treatment and conditioning for Shell Cordovan <--
Shell cordovan is a luxury material and need special products designed specially for it. I am happy to advise you in the correct maintenance of your shoes.


The Oxford Diplomat shoes are an eternal British classic. For the first time ever, you can experience a full barefoot feel on the most elegant look. The most barefoot dressy shoe ever made.


They are made with the best materials the way it was done in the past: to endure.

With the leather sole option they are medium lightweight (each shoe weighing between 350 and 450g)

They shape to your feet providing a smooth, close fit. Your feet will delight in the comfort.

The soles are thin and flexible too, providing the barefoot shoe feel. If you like to practice stealthy walking like a tracker or Ninja these are ideal to try out or you might simply enjoy the sensation of touching the different surfaces of the ground with your feet.

The slim sole and malleable upper provide a welcome relief for feet that are sore from being cramped all day in hard, tight shoes. This excellent combination can also relieve back pain and promote good posture.

Each pair is lovingly made by hand. The production occurs in a small workshop built by Gaucho Ninja himself. The workshop nestles next to a stream at the bottom of the Black Mountains, a suitable place for a Gaucho and a Ninja….

Each leather is unique, your eyes will delight in the different tones and depth of colour. Each shade reminding you of the grace of a moving animal.

Leather is a by-product. Animals are not killed for their skins. By using leather products your ethical conscience can rest assured that you are making exceptionally good use of what would otherwise be waste.

For many of us the aroma of naturally tanned leather brings a feeling of wellbeing. In a world filled with highly processed materials our sense of smell appreciates this.

The shoes are made individually, being made one pair of shoes at a time. It slows the process and raises the quality.

Cut by hand, stitched by sewing machine on a slow setting, the whole shoe is carefully made to the most detailed finish.

For yourself or as a special gift you will feel as if you have bought something both essential and luxurious, irreplaceable and exclusive.

These are not just a pair of shoes, but a work of art. Or perhaps, more accurately a work of true craftsmanship.

True craftsmen are an endangered species in our highly technological, mass produced consumer world. We suffer from feelings of disconnection, loneliness, stress. Know that your life will be enriched by a pair of shoes whose story is connected to many other living beings, human and other than human, a pair of shoes that have a story to tell even before they join your story….. 

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