Here’s your experimental footwear of the week, courtesy of our old friend George Esquivel. It’s a quasi-brogue made from a single sheet of unbroken leather. (The pattern comes from a selective sun-dyeing.) One more reason to remember your sunscreen.
The Northampton shop first caught our eye as The Armoury’s favorite source for wingtips, but like most cobblers, they’re also in the market for custom jobs. Unlike most cobblers, they’re wont to get pretty adventurous, with tricks like seamless broguing, alligator leathers and what looks to be a whole new species of loafer.
When they stopped by the West Village’s Leffot yesterday, we were able to see the whole batch up close.
Anyone in New York should take heed: Alfred Sargent’s going to be stopping through town on September 22nd for a trunk show at Leffot, and the goods we’ve seen are looking extremely tempting. Specifically, this half-polished longwing-monkstrap-brogue concoction known as the Benson. It’s one of the stranger shoes we’ve seen out of the tradsphere all year. Well played, Mr. Sargent.
The leather-on-suede-on-leather brogue is a classic, but that’s not to say it couldn’t benefit from a little refreshment.
This industrial gray version comes from London’s b store, a boutique label that’s caught our eye a few times before. Naturally, if you need something to wear with your three-piece, we’d stick with the traditional brown-on-brown. But if you’re trying to class up a pair of semi-faded jeans, these might be just the thing.