Elegant shoes are important. Loafers are elegant. But there are so many models.... then there are models that stand out, and add a part of personality and originality. This excellent model is inspired by French & Italian designs to recreate a new model. It is handmade in fine, yet robust, calfskin and custom painted to get that personal patina.
Only the most carefully selected leathers are used, combining the best of contemporary design with superb quality.
This pair is made using the Blake Construction (a.k.a. The McKay Method)
Lyman Reed Blake invented the machine in 1856 to make this method possible and later sold it to Gordon McKay. It is a simple process of joining the sole directly with the shoe’s upper with a large strong stitch. This makes the sole thinner than the goodyear welted shoes because they do not need an intermediate layer connecting the shoe sole to the shoe upper.
Advantages: Ease of construction, sole flexibility, and sleeker, more fashionable shoes (which the Italians are famous for).
Many shoes made with Blake construction are of lower quality BUT there are many good makers who utilize this technique and are worth considering. Blake construction is most popular among some famous Italian shoemakers, who dominate the high-end leather shoe market.
|Nice finish and detailing|
This pair also has some genuine stitching on the outside bottom of the soles. A nice detail is the cross stitching on the upper. And what I like a lot about them is the elegant last. Not all loafers offer that. The hand finished personal patina and marvelous colors add to their appeal.
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