Neuwertig – BONORA, Firenze, 5-Eyelet Derby: 42D
Firenze -Since 1878
5-Eyelet Derby (Blucher)
Bonora, Florence’s best known and one of Italy’s oldest custom shoemaker, is a family owned business and in continuous operation since 1878. Their prêt-a-porter line is in very limited distribution outside Italy, to be found at not more than one or two superior retail outlets in London, Tokyo and New York. The shoes are simplicity itself, truly beautifully made and subscribe to the highest standard for ready-to-wear shoes. They are Goodyear welted (as distinct from the great majority of Italian shoes) and, as can be seen with the present pair, refreshingly dignified in styling.
Here is a lovely plain front derby (Blucher) in a super-fine grade of Calfskin rarely used for ready made shoes. So fine is this leather that I have no doubt that the materials used in its construction are the same as used in their bespoke line. In short, a handsome and gentlemanly shoe, extraordinarily well made, much of it by hand –notice the closed channel welt- and a Euro 1000+ value.
Size: US 9D…..UK 8E…..Continental 42D, for the medium width foot.
Condition: Near new, Neuwertig, appears to have been worn a few times only. 90% of its life ahead of it.