Simple is a statement

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Recently the guys over at Esquire claimed “The New Statement” is anything but. That is, they believe that to stand out in the footwear game, sleek minimalism is the way to go.  It’s not surprising. Last year’s fascination with “normcore” and the growing popularity of the slow fashion movement have consumers searching for less detail for more longevity in their fashion purchases. We’ve been fans of the sleeker, more streamlined designs for years and you can see it reflected in our inventory of Italian leather shoes.

Esquire picked three different styles to take down a notch: a dressy pair, some casual kicks, and boots that fall somewhere in the middle. We just happen to have our own interpretations of these styles available.

The Cagney Cap-Toe Oxford

We love wingtips and all their perforated glory, but if you’re looking for a pair of dress shoes that are more understated then you can’t go wrong with a classic cap-toe. The double blind stitching along the toe and saddle of the Cagney provides some subtle lines that denote good construction and nothing else. People love the cap-toe oxford because it’s a never-fail style when it comes to dress wear. Most people keep a pair of black cap-toes in their closet, but we also carry them in brown, oxblood, and café suede.

The High-Top Sneaker

For dressing down, you can’t go wrong with a pair of unornamented and understated sneakers. Not only are sneakers a hot street style and high-fashion trend, they are a comfortable and easy choice for footwear when a suit and tie are not required. Presented in neutral colors with a stark white contrasting sole, there’s nothing loud or obnoxious about these high-top sneakers. Rather, they combine the quality of Italian leather shoes with a more casual look.

 The Newman Chukka Boot

The chukka boot is popular for many reasons, but mostly because it is one of the most versatile styles out there. As easy as it is to throw on a pair of chukkas with your jeans and tee, you can dress them up with a well-fitted suit and look as sleek and stylish as James Bond. Its versatility can easily be attributed to its simplicity. Our chukka boots have only two lacing eyelets and a low heel for an understated look that allows the quality of design to speak for itself.


These are just three of our styles that adhere to the “less is more” mantra as far as design goes. Want to see more? Browse our selection of Italian leather shoes here.


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