Harlestone Derby - Black Horween Buffalo

Black Horween Buffalo Leather

$3,812.00 Sale Save

Quality Takes Time. Please note our current made-to-order lead time is 9-12 weeks

  • Exclusive black Horween buffalo leather
  • Combination vegetable & chrome tanned
  • Each pair made will be unique due to natural grain - See 'Clicker's Notes' below
  • Derby construction with French binding
  • Traditional oak bark counter & stiffener
  • Footbed cork filled by hand
  • Sustainable Lactae Hevea sole
  • Handmade in Northampton, England
  • Shoe trees not included

The Harlestone sneaker is the original Hand Stitch style. Made with derby construction and open-faced lacing, the upper mirrors the look, feel and finish of high-quality dress shoes. Minimal and understated with no unnecessary detail or branding, the Harlestone sets the benchmark for handmade ‘Dress Sneakers’ that are often copied but never matched. A classic silhouette and design that sits effortlessly between smart and casual and is equally at home paired with everyday trousers or a tailored suit. Finished with signature double stitch detail to the front and rear that provide added strength at pressure points, hand stitching is a traditional process that has been used throughout Northampton shoemaking history. Only the very best materials are used to make the Harlestone - Inside and out.


Our Hand Stitch Collection is the pinnacle of luxury, handmade sneakers. A low profile silhouette, hand-finished construction, and world-class materials have been specifically tailored and tweaked, further elevating the Crown Northampton Sneaker range to the highest levels possible. This top-tier collection draws inspiration from bespoke, hand-welted dress shoes with more than a few nods of respect to time-honored traditional processes. Externally, all styles in the collection are made with the finest materials from some of the best tanneries in the world. The inner workings of the Hand Stitch Sneaker Collection are equally impressive. Following the standards set with bespoke, hand-welted shoes, all sneakers are cork filled by hand. This age-old process requires skill and patience and is held dear to Crown Northampton's traditional roots. The cork forms a solid filler down the full spine of the sneaker that provides just enough movement to mould to the wearers' feet, with the additional benefits of comfort, stability, and breathable properties throughout the sneaker. Traditional oak bark leather is used for the counter and stiffener with a natural veg-tan crust shoulder used to form the foundations of the insole. Topped with a soft, full natural veg tan leather lining throughout and french bound stitching around the outer edges. The end result of these combined classic techniques is a solid, reliable structure that offers superior strength and longevity. Hand Stitch sign-off detail is applied to the upper only where necessary to offer strength. The hand stitch finishing is always functional as opposed to decorative and the thick, natural waxed cotton double stitch adds construction security and design character. These intricate, centuries-old construction details further close the gap between high-end casual sneakers and traditional, Goodyear Welted Northampton dress shoes. Continually pushing the boundaries of high-quality, casual-led footwear; Crown Northampton confidently produces what is now the ultimate handmade in England ‘Dress Sneaker’ collection.


The Hand Stitch Collection is finished with Lactae Hevea soles. Made from virgin hevea milk harvested directly from the Cao Su or ‘Crying Wood’ tree; these soft, durable sole units are fully sustainable and offer a comfortable ride that only gets better with each wear. All styles from the Hand Stitch Collection are available with a choice of natural gum, white or black soles, and inline with sustainability characteristics, they are fully resoleable at a later date if required.

*Please note. Due to the natural finishing processes used to create Lactae Hevea soles, there may sometimes be slight imperfections and colour differences from sole to sole. However, this is all part of the unique finish when using natural materials and the overall precision and performance of Lactae Hevea sole units will never be compromised.

We do not suggest using saddle soap to care for this product

Horween buffalo leather is tanned in the US in a similar way to Chromexcel with a combination of both vegetable and chrome tanning. Through these processes, the buffalo is naturally shrunken down from around 30ft to 20ft when finished. This skilled process pulls the fibres together tight, making them very tough and durable. Each skin retains its own personal ruggedness which results in a pronounced grain that can vary in size across the surface. As the skins are purposely left natural straight out of the tanning drum and not embossed for a uniform finish, the true character of each skin shines through, making each pair of sneakers or shoes made from the material completely unique. The Horween Company is hugely respected and continues to deliver the very best leather available in the world through complex tanning processes and secret family methods.



- Worldwide Footwear Orders - INCLUDED IN PRICE

UK Care Product & Accessory orders up to £150 - £15

- Rest Of The World Care Product & Accessory orders up to £150 - £30-£35


- All Footwear orders excluding Stitchdown Collection - 9-12 weeks

- Stitchdown Collection Orders - 12-15 weeks

- Gift Vouchers, Care Product & Accessory orders - up to 2 weeks

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To maintain and protect your Crown Northampton Shoes we offer a selection of cleaning and weather proofing product alongside polishes and shoe trees. See below for style specific care products. To view care guides click here

Introducing the Harlestone Hand Stitch Sneaker
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The four main shoemaking stages once an order is placed...


The ‘clicking’ or cutting process as it is also known is the very start of your shoes being made, the leather is cut into the shapes that make up your silhouette either by hand or on a press.


Once all the components of the shoe are cut they go through several processes that are essential to the construction then they are sewn together to make the upper.


A last is a template form that is unique to each shoe size and style, the upper is pulled onto the last to give it the final shape of the shoe ready for a sole to be fitted. Once the sole is fitted the shoe will have it’s complete form.

Shoe Rooming

The final stage of the factory process your shoes go through the hands of our quality checkers and the finish is applied to the leather or suede to finish the shoe and ensure it looks it’s absolute best.