Yesterday I spent the day visiting men’s shoes stores on Madison and 5th Ave. I made stops at Slivano Lattanzi, Tom Ford (not a shoe store) J.M. Weston, John Lobb, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks 5th Ave.
Along the way I was very mindful of the shoes men were wearing on the streets. In general it was very underwhelming. Not to mention that with the exception of a few stores Lattanzi, and Weston the rest of the stores were underwhelming as well (service and merchandising I’ll write about in another post).
The typical footwear of the 20-30 year old office workers was something like this.
Older men were wearing loafers Ala John McCain. It may be age and bending over that has something to do with it.
Why is it that shoes are reduced to the lowest common denominator? Surely there are better options out there; I know this as I speak from experience. To be successful you need to look successful, business 101, It’s a credibility issue. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. A good pair of traditional, or classic shoes will boost your cred 100% not to mention the appearance of your wardrobe.
20-30 something’s would do well in a pair of Church’s Diplomat’s or Grafton’s,
While the loafer lovers would look great in the Artioli’s with their elastic laces or a Weston loafer.
Of course there are many other options to choose from, and as always I am happy to help you find the perfect shoes to fit your individual lifestyle.
This J.M. Weston 3 eyelet derby is making its debut on the blog. I’m not really sure why I haven’t posted it before now. It’s a very popular style at Leffot not just because of it’s sleek lines and plain almost boot looking toe, it’s also a very comfortable fitting shoe. A tapered toe but generous across the ball.
This is another style from the Conti line designed by Michel Perry for J.M. Weston.
J.M. Weston model 437 also available in Brown
Chelsea boots those timeless boots that bring back memories of the sixties, the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones. Chelsea boots quickly became popular with Mods because it fit in with their sleek, tailored look. Some varieties sported the so-called ‘Cuban heel,’ which was supposedly derived from flamenco footwear. Check out Ray Columbus and the Invaders on “She’s a Mod” not a great song but you get the essence of Mod style. Although the song grows on me and I’m very jealous of the thick heads of hair.
Sixties Chelsea Boots
Today the boot lives on in a more classic style that can be worn with a suit or jeans. We have two styles of Chelsea Boots at Leffot. The more traditional Church’s Amberley with its rounder toe and single pull strap,
Church’s Amberley in Black Calf
And the more contemporary chiseled toe model designed by Michel Perry for J.M. Weston.
J.M. Weston 631 in Black Calf by Michel Perry