Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or something to commemorate a big day, shoe engraving is the perfect way to add the finishing touches to a pair of quality footwear.
When it comes to finding a gift for a male loved one, finding something meaningful and special isn’t a particularly easy task.
While a new shirt or top gadget might tick a few boxes, will they stand the test of time? Probably not. The reality is, shirts get ruined and gadgets soon become yesterday’s news.
So what kind of present can stand the test of time?
Well, as the poignant quote by Kevin Heath goes: “The best gift is giving from your heart”.
Instead of buying something that’s deposable, why not do something that the recipient can cherish forever?
Whether you’re buying for your dad, partner or friend, the best gifts truly are the ones that are made personal to them.
A match made in heaven
Buying a pair of quality handcrafted Oxford shoes from Percy Stride is certainly a good place to start. Not only are they super stylish and incredibly diverse, but the Goodyear welt also ensures the owner can get a lifetime of use out of them.
You see, the Goodyear welt construction makes the shoes robust and easy for a cobbler to replace the sole for just a small price. Think of all the money saved on finding shoe replacements.
Think of it this way, if the owner replaces their £60 shoes once every year for the next 20 years of their life, this would cost £1,200. Whereas a pair of quality Percy Stride shoes would only cost £250, plus an odd sole replacement priced around £11-20 each time.
And it’s not just the maths that adds up too. Engraving a pair of quality shoes is a beautiful way of adding a personal touch to the gift.
What is shoe engraving?
If you thought engraving was just something you do with trophies and dog tags, think again.
Shoe engraving provides you with a unique opportunity to customise your favourite footwear. The process is treated as a work of art, with the soles of each shoe carefully hand-engraved in your chosen style.
As this is a handcrafted customised service, no design will ever quite be the same. So your gift will be completely unique to the one you love. Now, that’s some powerful stuff!
What can you get engraved?
Choosing what to get engraved on the shoes depends on the type of occasion. For a wedding, engraving the bride’s and groom’s names plus the date of the big day is a touching gesture.
You could even follow up on the wedding day by resoling and re-engraving them with a first child’s birthday every year.
Or if emotional sentiments aren’t your forte, try opting for something that makes the recipient chuckle. For pun lovers, you could tweak the famous quote from Jaws to “You’re gonna need a bigger boot” or the James Brown song “I’m a ‘sole’ man”!
Alternatively, a classier fella might prefer “ A gentleman can put himself in someone else’s shoes” (Patrick Stewart).
Have some fun and be creative. Remember, if they don’t like the engraving you choose, they can always get them resoled!
So where can you get shoes engraved? Here at Percy Stride, we have a trusted partnership with Kings of Somerset. Comprised of a team of five artisan craftsman and women, their attention to detail is truly unrivalled.
Shoe engraving is an amazing lifelong gesture for a wedding as well so why not ask about our wedding packages and add something extra special to your day?
For more information, simply get in touch with us and we can get a pair of Percy Stride shoes personally engraved for you.