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 cringe...at 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|
|Lined boots ---in suede defy the cold.|
|Grey suede---with punch out details...another trend for Fall 2011|
The loafer is always a popular style...here 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.