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
Thank you again to those who shared their insights with me.
GazThis message has been edited by Gaz on 2008-03-21 02:53:11