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My double monk strap shoes from www.handmadebrogues.com
Summer is the official start of barbecues, beaches and breathing time for your feet.
Sandals have always had a bad reputation: too feminine, too chunky, too hippie, or just ugly. But what you don’t know is that any man who has ever worn them will tell you – they’re super comfortable.
1. Suede woven sandals available HERE.
2. Brown leather sandals available HERE.
4. Dolce&Gabbana woven sandals. Available HERE.
Giuseppe Zanotti comes from a small town a few miles from Fellini’s Rimini, famous for its great shoe manufacturing tradition. Since launching his line in 1993, over the years Zanotti’s spirit has remained the same - naïve and rock ‘n’ roll – while keeping one eye on the past and on the manufacturing tradition and the other on the future and on research. His creations are true to his initial inspirations, where art and music are essential feelings to be turned into style for our feet.
Two weeks ago I received my first pair of double monk strap shoes from Shoemakers and my first impression was wow. They are gorgeous, fit very well and found them to be very comfortable right out of the box. Also, an important aspect is that the Shoemakers shoes features a Goodyear-welted construction (read more)!
Who is Shoemakers?
A brand of custom made men’s shoes that use the traditional Goodyear Welted construction. Through 8 stages of production, each pair of shoes undergoes over 200 individual operations. This process takes about 30 days. Also they apply special hand finishing techniques to the supple leathers. The burnishing and antiquing effects of our craftsmen have evolved into a unique feel and distinctive look.
“You have the choice of the Style, Size & Width, Material, Color and Craftsmanship. Ultimately giving you a pair of shoes custom made to your personal preferences. If you have any other questions please fill in the “Contact” section. This may include details such as multiple color or material choices, or if you have a material preference not listed on the page.
Start the process of having your own “Made to Order” shoes. We have devised an easy “5 Step” system to complete your choice of unique shoes. We are currently estimating 30 days for Made to Order shoes due to the nature of making a specific unique pair of shoes for each valued customer.
1. Select your shoe design
2. Select your material
3. Pick your color
4. Select the craftsmanship & construction
5. Provide fit & measurement “
This classic cap toe double monk strap will be a versitile mainstay in your wardrobe. It matches with a suit as well as worn in jeans.
Quality, excellent service, craftsmanship, beautiful design. I’m proud of my new Shoemakers shoes!
In my opinion, a Goodyear welted shoe, in terms of construction, is what separates the men from the boys.
This is not to say that men who wear other constructions are boys, but in terms of a shoe’s integrity, Goodyear welted shoes will last you longer than most and therefore are the bread & butter of the high-end shoe market. It is generally regarded as the best construction in terms of comfort and durability as well as ease in terms of reparation. It also holds the same theory as bespoke welting, yet the obvious difference being that in bespoke it is done by hand and does not have a canvas rib supporting the feather.
It is highly regarded for several different reasons: 1, for being relatively waterproof, because of the welt/sole connection, not allowing for water to get into the insole; 2, for it’s relative ease in replacing the sole, thus giving you a shoe that can truly last 20-30 years depending on how you treat the upper leather; and 3, for it’s cork filling, which is known to create a nice mold of your foot, after a good amount of wear, providing an almost custom-like foot-bed.
While Goodyear welted shoes, are used very much by the English shoe market, the term and machinery used to create such shoes, were actually invented by Charles Goodyear Jr., the son of American inventor, Charles Goodyear, whom invented vulcanized rubber.