Berluti shoes - a follow up...

Mar 21, 2008,02:42 AM

After two weeks of pondering, I finally took the plunge on my first pair of shoes from a renown bespoke shoemaker.  My decision was informed by the generous sharing of information on this forum, in particular Bill, Andrew H, Alex and Scott D. 

So taking a leaf out of my previous post on a leather watch strap and Bill's wonderful shoe photography, I am pleased to share my first pair of Berluti, the Indio ankle boot.  The Indio was the design that captivated me when I was first introduce to Berluti.

While I did try other models, I felt most at ease with the Indio design, firstly for its casualness. I already had several pairs of "busyness" shoes and I wanted something a little more flambouyant. 

Secondly, I found the hand sewn stitch work to be particularly attractive and yet unique.  Having researched other shoemakers, none had taken such an approach to shoemaking.

The thickness of the leather stitching not only give its a feel of "solid" construction but I think it adds great character.

It runs the length of the sole...

... right round the back.

Thirdly, the patina and colour of the leather was just amazing with three distinct shades including a tinge of green.  I had contemplated a darker colour (which was really a dark purple) but under the advice of Bill and another shoe connoisseur, who both said that Berluti were best known for their wonderful lighter colours, I decided to go with the tan.  Great advice Bill! 

Finally, the intricate design of the sole was just magnificent!  I just don't want to walk on this beautiful work! LOL!!

Don't think I can find words to describe this...

And the attention to detail is just superb.

According to Berluti, the Indio is their only pair of "trainers" with its design aimed at combining the comfort of sneakers with bootmaking finishes and durability.  Based on a study of Indian shoes, the sole is entirely resoleable.  Having just purchased this, it is very comfortable with excellent arch support.  However, I've been told that as the leather softens, the comfort will increase.  Perhaps I'll have to do a 12 month review later.


As mentioned earlier, the Indio comes in both shoe and ankle boot.  I went with the ankle boot simple because it was much more comfortable but also just more appealing to me.

Hopefully, this is NOT the start of another obsession that will deplete my watch slush fund.  However, I am most pleased with this purchase.  Beside, its been a long time since I learnt how to tie a new shoe knot smile

Thank you again to those who shared their insights with me.



This message has been edited by Gaz on 2008-03-21 02:53:11

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Very special

 By: Geo : March 21st, 2008-03:13
While I had been at the HK Boutique, this model is completely new for me. Love the height of the boot. I find them amazing, so special made with these unusual stitching. Congrats with this pair, you're really having an incredible pair of shoes and did a v... 

Thanks Geo...

 By: Gaz : March 21st, 2008-03:41

Wow the color of the leather is amazing!

 By: AnthonyTsai : March 21st, 2008-08:54
I'm not much into shoes but those shoes look AWESOME to my untrained eye!! And don't post these pictures over at any Panerai forum cause I'm sure you'll have people emailing you how much u want to sell your shoes so he can make a couple straps out of them... 

Thanks Anthony...

 By: Gaz : March 22nd, 2008-23:29

Hey Gaz.....

 By: aptronym : March 21st, 2008-17:26
The leather looks amazing, congratulations! You should definitely just wear them around the house and keep them pristine. The soles are too lovely to dirty


 By: Gaz : March 22nd, 2008-23:29

Damn those are sweet

 By: Bill : March 22nd, 2008-00:38
I had to rise to the occasion with several pairs sitting in Europe and none here on the west coast…… I was inspired to jump in with Gaz once again. Antique Gray Berluti Clubs. Very hard to get the feel. But basically they look all old and broken in though...  

Bill, we are shoe brothers :)...

 By: Gaz : March 22nd, 2008-23:31
I'm a size nine too. The Club looks great. Once again, very nice photos, especially the second last one. How long have you had this pair for? Gaz

The club just joined

 By: Bill : March 23rd, 2008-07:45
All our chatting pushed me over. Unfortunately, not being in Paris at the moment I did not have them custom tinted. I got them through Barney's but they had to source the color from accross the country as what they had did not cut it for me. I the pair I ... 

Well congratulations...

 By: Gaz : March 24th, 2008-05:25
Our discussions must have been inspiring. Otherwise, all that shoe photography just pushed you over the edge. Congrats on the Club and hope they serve you well. Maybe we'll get the chance to meet up one day and do a mini Swann Club GTG. Not sure about usi... 

GTG sounds grand

 By: Bill : March 25th, 2008-22:14
Hi Gaz, A couple of musts. You got to get the matching Berluti shoe trees they will make your shoes really last. They sell a matching last for the various models. Second, you need to practice and perfect the appropriate shoe lace tie. If you have not been... 

I'm intrigued by this tie technique

 By: SteveH : March 26th, 2008-08:04
Can you make an instructional video for us?

Shoe tree - Checked....

 By: Gaz : March 26th, 2008-19:44
Berluti knot - checked! The knot is just amazing! Love how its just so neat. I never thought I'd ever learn a new way of tying shoes Gaz

Sweet shoes

 By: Davo : February 27th, 2009-00:04