*Near new – SANTONI Goodyear Welted, 6-Eyelet, Cap-Toe, Oxford: US 12D (46D)
Closed Channel Goodyear Welted – Hand Made
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. Much is written to compare the lesser Blake Stitched Santonis with other Blake Stitched Italian shoes from Ferragamo and Mantellassi and opinions and loyalties differ. Among the Blake stitched, I favour Santoni because of the somewhat superior quality of leather but in this lower price range I would advise choosing according to which model pleases most; the differences in construction are trivial. Among the Goodyear welted models, as in the shoe shown here, Santoni is usually the better choice, 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 is of that category, 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 intense black that will take well to polishing. And do remember to polish it before wearing outside; this is an almost new shoe, worn once or twice only.
Size Details:US 12D.....UK 11E.....Continental 46D, for the medium width foot.
Superb, almost new condition, This pair has had a low profile (invisible when worn) non-slip, protective, rubber half-sole and heel added over the original closed channel Goodyear welted rubber sole. This adds a measure of comfort as well as waterproofing and is easily replaced when worn, without disturbing the integrity of the shoe's construction.
Sold without trees, however if you require a pair of custom fitted 2-Way Cedar Shoe Trees, let me know. Correctly fitted trees preserve the shape of the shoe, while Cedar wood wicks away moisture after wearing, has excellent antiseptic properties and imparts a most pleasant natural wood aroma.