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European shoes usually vary between boxy British brogues and the slimmer Italian dress shoes favored by Mr. Ford. But it looks like Spain has a few tricks of their own…

Magnanni may be operating under an Italian name, but they’ve been using Spanish designs and cobbling knowhow for upwards of 50 years, including a trick called the Bologna Construction that uses a glovelike layer of leather in place of an insole—a pretty good idea, as far as we’re concerned. If you’re curious to see it yourself, they’ll be taking designs for custom models at Bergdorf Goodman on October 2nd and 3rd.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom