Monday, March 28, 2011


 Parker Meridian Hotel, NYC

At the most recent FFANY show in early February, we stole some moments to preview the elegant Spanish footwear brand MAGNANNI ---

A family owned multi-generations' entity known for its luxe hand antiquing, supple texture of the fine leathers...and somewhat conservative silhouettes "with a twist" for the modern guy who doesn't want to look at an image of himself in 10 years (or five...) and the shoes he was wearing. 

As befits a winter of serious slosh and snow--- not only in the former colonies--- but also in Western Europe, men's boots came up big again...for early Fall deliveries.

PLUS---men's boots are considered acceptable forms of footwear even for traditional office settings...and we saw several styles that fit that bill---and come with new lasts for the upcoming season. The above boot has some typical outdoor/hiker details---a padded collar, rugged outersole--- but the hand burnished patina of the leather, wingtip ornamentation, and contrast stitching around the outsole---

Well, we would not wear on a trek up a mountain. The Sierra boot, available now ($425) is stylish...and a favorite of retailers like Nordstrom.

Unique soles add functionality too

Chukah style boot with details that we usually see on a men's oxford wingtip---mix of flavors-include western
 We thought the rounder toe fashionable---not in a edgy way---but definitely urbane...and made these tie shoes denim friendly as well as perfect for suits wearers...

Lined boots ---in suede defy the cold.

Grey suede---with punch out details...another  trend for Fall 2011

The loafer is always a popular very---as well as being very well made---the heel detail gives the shoe some more pizazz above and beyond a typical ho-hum prepster staple.

Magnanni added a terrific collection of belts with the same finishes as the shoes...

Available online and off---including select Neiman Marcus ---and Bergdorf Goodman where on April 16th and 17th, 2011 Magnanni's own craftsman is onsite for custom color and hand  finishing of customer shoes. In a day, no less.