The Definitive Shoe Wardrobe
OCTOBER 10, 2012
RR: Which pair of shoes are you most excited about for fall?
ST: This month, we will be the first and only U.S. retailer to carry a collection from Austria-based shoemaker Saint Crispin’s. Their shoes are completely handmade and extremely limited production—they make just 10 pairs of shoes per day. Each pair comes with a set of hand-carved shoe trees and retail from $1,600.
RR: What is the most versatile boot for the upcoming season?
ST: The Galway by Edward Green (about $1,400). It is a classic leather, English country-style, lace-up boot fitted with Dainite soles, which are embedded with rubber studs that provide great traction in wet weather. The grainy texture around the top half gives them a stylish edge for weekend wear; but the tapered toe and rich, polished finish on the lower half make them formal enough to wear with a suit.
RR: What is the shoe no guy should live without?
ST: Alden’s cherry brown longwing—wingtip stitching that wraps around the entire shoe—made from cordovan leather ($645). I have eight versions of this shoe in all different colors. The leather is supple yet long wearing, and it is tanned by Horween in Chicago—the oldest and longest-standing tanner in the U.S. (operating since 1905)—and has the perfect amount of shine.