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The Calder in Black

Regular price $ 235
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How to measure your foot
  • Put a piece of paper on the ground next to a wall
  • Standing firmly on the piece of paper with your heel slightly touching the wall, mark the paper where your foot is the longest (most likely at the tip of your big toe)
  • With a ruler, measure the distance from the wall to the mark on the paper (indicating the longest part of your foot)
  • Take that measurement and match it with a measurement in the “Inches” column in the size chart.
  • Wear socks when measuring your feet
  • Measure your feet at the end of the day, as your feet tend to expand throughout the day
  • Measure both of your feet, as one may be bigger than the other

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Meet the Calder in Black, a spin off of our popular Calder in brown. This is a classic double monkstrap dress shoe with a couple modern, Taft touches. The 100% Italian wool comes from one of the best textile mills in the world. The calfskin comes from Spain, and the buckles and hardware are sourced in Almansa. The sole unit is an extra-light, rubber sole with a decorative leather welt and stacked-leather insert.This is a very comfortable shoe and is sure to get you some attention this season. 

  • Wool Flannel/Leather Combination
  • Standard D width
  • Handcrafted in Spain
  • Blake Construction (resoleable)
  • Extra-light rubber sole unit with stacked leather inserts
Product Details
We only use vegetable-tanned, chromium-free, full-grain leathers. These high-quality leathers make our shoes durable and comfortable. We partner with the best mills and tanneries in the world to produce bold styles using the most unique leathers in the world.
Our leathers are painted, stained, and burnished by hand. Creating a unique shoe means not being limited on what we can design…finishing the shoes by hand gives us total freedom in our products and makes every single pair a unique piece of art.
All of our patterns are cut by hand. We do not use molds or lasers to cut the leather. This takes much more time but it allows for only the best sections of a hide to be used.
All of our shoes are fully-lined with soft calfskin leather, which means ultimate comfort. Most companies will only partially line their shoes, but we go the extra mile because it means a more comfortable shoe and less break-in time.
Stacked leather sole with rubber injections offers durability, comfort, and traction. Leather soles are universally recognized as the most luxurious and premium type of sole.
Our shoes feature Blake-stitched construction for longevity and comfort. It also allows for increased flexibility and a sleek silhouette. You will notice a big difference from normal, cemented shoes to a stitched pair of TAFT footwear. Get ready for comfort right out of the box.
Sizing Guide
All Taft shoes are design to match standard US dress shoe sizes. However, to ensure the perfect fit, please make sure:
All our shoes are standard D width. If you have wide feet, please select next size up.
If you wear in-between sizes, please size down for Taft boots and shoes.
Do not order your sneaker size. Please size down 0.5 - 1 US number.
In general, our shoes run slightly big. We suggest you size down if you are between sizes.


US Dress Shoe
Brannock Device
6 6 - 6.5 6.5 - 7 6 - 6.5 23.5 - 23.75 91/2 - 91/3
7 7 - 7.5 7.5 - 8 7 - 7.5 24.5 - 25 95/8 - 97/8
8 8 - 8.5 8.5 - 9 8 - 8.5 25.5 - 26 10 - 101/4
9 9 - 9.5 9.5 - 10 9 - 9.5 26.5 - 27 103/8 - 105/8
10 10 - 10.5 10.5 - 11 10 - 10.5 27 - 28.5 105/8 - 107/8
11 11 - 11.5 11.5 - 12 11 - 11.5 28 - 28.5 11 - 111/4
12 12 - 12.5 12.5 - 13 12 - 12.5 29 - 29.5 113/8 - 115/8
13 13 - 13.5 13.5 - 14 13 - 13.5 29.5 - 30 115/8 - 117/8
14 14 - 14.5 14.5 - 15 14 - 14.5 30.5 - 31 12 - 121/4
The TAFT Quality Promise

Beautiful Shoes. Beautiful Prices.

Handmade in Europe by experienced artisans, every pair is made with precision, patience and decades of experience. We are advocates of ethical fashion.

In a world of poorly made shoes, TAFT products are built to last. Every pair is hand-cut and Blake-stitched using vegetable-tanned leathers from top European tanneries and mills. Your shoes will look beautiful right out of the box, and for years to come.

By selling exclusively online, we save our customers an average of $200 a pair. You can compare the quality of our shoes to $500 shoes you’d find sitting on the shelves at big box stores. From the beginning, we’ve wanted nothing more than to offer high quality at a lower price.


What is my Taft shoe size?
Our shoes are made true to size. If you typically wear a size 9, you can order a size 9 in Taft shoes.

We only offer whole sizes...if you typically wear a half-size, we strongly recommend that you size down. For example, if you wear a size 10.5, we recommend that you size down to a 10.

If you have any specific questions, you can email us at We are happy to help!


The shoe I want is sold out... what should I do?
We are working hard to manage our inventory and make sure we can have your size available. We will try and bring back older styles as often as possible. Be sure to sign up for the Back-in-Stock notifications on the product page to be the first to know when a shoe is back in stock.


How long will it take to receive my order?
Once your order is placed, we will ship within 24 (unless it is a pre-order). Once shipped, the order will arrive in 4-7 days, depending on your location.

If you are pre-ordering, the expected shipping date will be in the product description.

Free Returns

Free Returns are offered within the contiguous United States on all shoe purchases, unless otherwise noted on certain products (namely seconds). Return requests must be made within 14 days of the date you receive your shoes. Requests after this point will be denied.

Returns on pre-orders (custom production) are accepted, but will be returned for store credit only. No refunds will be offered.

Shipping for Exchanges or Returns is free of charge within the contiguous United States for one return or exchange per order. If a second exchange or return is requested, the cost of the second shipping will be covered by the customer.

For more details, see the full returns page here.

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Tom Ackerly

Best shoe purchase of my life

I've gotten more compliments on these shoes than any other piece of apparel i own. They are gorgeous, and get more comfortable each time I wear them. What I appreciate most is the tweed. They not only beautifully contrast the leather, but they also haven't developed any creases over time like a full leather shoe would. I can't recommend them enough, and I look forward to my next pair of Taft shoes. Lets see some horse-bit loafers, please ;)

Evangelos K.
United States

They are nice...

1st off, great customer service. I was sent 2 different sizes, but my return was a 20 secs online ordeal, I was shipped the replacements before I sent back the wrong ones, and got them before the old ones got to them. So, kudos for that! The shoes are very nice. The fit is also great following the recommendations. It’s an A plus on looks, for sure. Which brings me to my only “reservation.” The great looks are mainly because of the contrasty material used, wool and leather. But because of not being full leather, the price is steep. Very. I will not name a competitor in the same online business, but I have gotten an exact same type of shoes from them, for almost $100 less, and the quality of the leather is unsurpassed, let alone the “quantity” of it. And I do mean unsurpassed... more soft, thicker, dyed to perfection leather everywhere, that, IMO, guarantees a high price, but it was cheaper. It did take 3 month to get them though, as they are made upon order. So, yes, we did pay for the looks, mostly, for these.

Minwoo H.
United States


Love the shoes, style is beautiful. Comfortable, fits well. I wear 9and half, order 9. Great fit. Will be buying the Calder in brown

Sreeharsha R.
United States

Review for double monk straps

I absolutely love how they look. I'm blown away by the looks. I would like to point out that I got a size 0.5 less than what I usually get because I read online that taft shoes typically are a bit bigger than regular shoe sizes. I haven't worn them out yet because I'm waiting for the right occasion, but as far as looks go they're amazing

Jacob H.
United States

The Calder in Black

Very comfortable. Look just like the pictures.

Try: "jack boot", leather, size 9, suede...