*Fine – SANTONI Norwegian (Goiser) Welted “Fatte a Mano” SHELL CORDOVAN Double Monk: 44D
Size: 44-44.5 [US.10.5-11] [UK 9.5-10}
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Derbys, Monk Straps, Shell Cordovan
“Fatto a Mano”- Hand Made
“Goiser” Norwegian Welted, Cap-Toe, Double Monk Strap
Santoni was founded by Andrea and Rosa Santoni in 1975 and today produces four quality lines, the “Classic” line (Blake Stiched) retailing between $600-900, their Goodyear welted line, selling for $1250 in December 2015, their “Fatte a Mano” line, now well over the $1500 and their “Signature” or “Limited Edition” line, entirely hand made and selling at $2000 or above. The entire Santoni lne is a good choice for superbly made shoes, very durable, using finest quality leathers, precise detailing inside and out, and very pleasing styling, flattering to the foot without transgressing the limits of the classical. Among the best ready-made shoes from Italy.
The present shoe, with its Goiser welt, exceeds even Santoni’s top category while still Goodyear Welted into a closed channel, as in bespoke shoemaking or the very best ready-made shoes. This shoe is to a great extent, hand-made. It is a lovely warm almost Horween (Chicago) Shell Cordovan that will take well to polishing.
Finally what distinguishes this shoe above almost all others is the true Norwegian (Goiser) welt. The term “Norwegian” is used promiscuously to refer to several styles of shoe, notably the “Split-Toe Norwegian” with its outward turned moccasin-like apron and joining at the toe, and among Italian shoemakers, of a variety styles with decorative double sewn welts. Unlike in the present shoe, the sewing is mostly non-functional and conceals construction even as rudimentary as Blake Stitching. Very few of those are the true complex Goiser/Norwegian construction, in which both the split reverse welt and the top leather are turned outward and sewn to the street sole, as shown here. This is the most complex of all shoe construction techniques and very few such shoes are produced in the world.
Size Details:Santoni's generous 10D.....10.5D US.....9.5E UK, for the medium with foot.
All original, lightly worn, top and bottom. Sold without trees.