Experiments with classics in shoes — new look

Experiments with classics in shoes — a fresh angle

Many brands of classic men's shoes strive to attract people to their customers who find conservative shoes too boring or stiff. To do this, they conduct design experiments, sometimes very bold and unexpected. In this article, we will give some examples and tell you about the situations in which similar models of shoes will be appropriate.

Cutaway monks

Let's start with the least controversial and most versatile model — cutaway monk straps, which have buckles on the sides, and straps look back rather than down. We've already talked in detail about cutaway monks, and here we'll only notice that they are relatively new, thanks to the brands Edward Green and John Lobb. Today, these shoes are produced by other brands, such as Berwick 4140 and Yanko 107.

The beauty of cutaway monks is that they look classic, but also original, elegant. They are very rare so far, but they are very versatile and can be worn with jeans, with chinos and with a business suit.

Cross strapped double monks

A more original and controversial look is given to the Aubercy model of monks, equipped with two buckles on two straps, which cross each other.

This detail is hardly noticeable underneath the trousers, unless, of course, you shorten the trousers so that the shoes are fully visible. Due to the ambiguity of such shoes it is not recommended to wear it for business meetings, but it will be appropriate in an informal situation.

Tassel monks

Let's add that Aubercy also has other original monks — for example, the model Vassili with tassels and semicircular seam on the vamp and toe. Of course, they are also very informal.

Triple welt shoes

The English brand Grenson is experimenting with other elements, such as soles and welts. Recently, this brand has been producing boots and shoes of the Triple welt collection - massive, with thick soles and rarely spectacular triple welt. Naturally, these shoes are best combined with country-style clothing, as well as other thick, dense and informal items such as jeans.

Shoes with contrast soles

In addition to the triple welt models, Grenson also offers shoes and boots with very thick rubber soles, often contrasting ones (e.g. white). Such models look very ambiguous, so we would not dare to recommend them to purchase, especially if you have big feet. In any case, these shoes are combined only with the most informal clothing such as jeans and unpleated chinos.


Another example of the original variation on theclassics is Crockett & Jones Truro, a hybrid of shoes and sneakers. This model is equipped with a rather thin and light rubber sole and a contrasting welt, and its top is made of suede. Design is Goodyear welted! Of course, such shoes should not be combined with suits and put on for business meetings, but it can look great with chinos, corduroy pants and jeans.

Shoes with asymmetrical lacing

The already mentioned French shoe brand Aubercy offers very original and quite eccentric shoes with a distorted lacing. As lacing is usually covered with trousers, such an extravagant element is not evident in some cases. However, we can't bring ourselves to call it official shoes, even though we are talking about smooth black leather oxfords without brogues in some cases. It should be added that the same brand Aubercy has also a model Ellipse — wholecut oxfords with curved laces. These are very peculiar shoes for a rare amateur. Perry oxfords with lacing, shifted strongly sideways, look more modest.

Shoes with colored patina

French brands, as well as some Italian and Portuguese brands (for example, Carlos Santos) love to decorate their shoes with picturesque, handmade patina. Perhaps the most famous in this regard are the French. Berluti, Corthay and Aubercy have very expressive and sometimes extravagant colourful shoes with unique patterns.

Pierced and tattooed shoes

French brand Berluti conducts experiments not only with patina, but also with original jewelry.

As Caroline Cox, an expert on the world's leading clothing and footwear brands, writes, "Throughout the 1990s, Olga Berluti experimented with shoe tattoos and piercing, inspired by the traditional scars of one of her African clients".
Caroline then goes on to describe the shoes that Olga herself has created: "Leather with wounds, scars, cuts and piercing — a gangster shoe". In addition to the Piercing collection, there were also Warrior and Tattoo series (with tattoos).
It is worth noting that although all these spectacular details give the shoes their uniqueness, they greatly affect its versatility. Such models can be recommended only to those who like to surprise others, as well as those who really like piercing and tattoos on shoes.

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