*Vintage – Bespoke – BERLUTI Brogued, 2-Eyelet Derby: 43.5-44D (US 10-10.5D)
€540.00SOLD to Mr. R. J., Qatar
Size: 43-43.5 [US. 10] [UK 9], 44-44.5 [US.10.5-11] [UK 9.5-10}
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Custom-Bespoke-Maas, Derbys
Rue Marbeuf, Paris, Bottier depuis 1895
BESPOKE, Brogues 2-Eyelet Derby
I must say at the outset that I am not in agreement with Madam Olga as to how to polish shoes -you can read my recommendations elsewhere in this website- but you see her video on the subject, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EqCEyFX4vMharm
Far beyond the demonstration of her technique, her commentary, for its unmitigated charm and theatricality cannot fail to delight. For instance, you will, no doubt, be surprised to learn that your shoes are living breathing creatures. Indeed, Madam Olga finds and displays something transcendent in this simple act of polishing shoes. One can see why the Berluti firm’s stock in trade is shot through with the dramatic; shoe leather is merely the medium. The product is theater. Whether it be form or surface -Berluti’s famous instant patina- Berluti can be counted on to draw attention, fortunately or unfortunately, according to your thinking. But the Lady herself is flawless. She has made art out of craft. She has made the quotidian sing and she is herself a work of art. The rest is mere business and for that we must all be forgiven.
The present pair is a bespoke one-eyelet derby has an unusual diagonal line of brogueing at the toe, and one each on the sides, where the vamp meets the quarters. With it “antique” finish resembling old mahogany and a rich patina that cannot be bought, only earned by years of use and repeated polishing, this shoe, already a collector’s item when new, is now something for the extreme collector, the gentleman who prizes history and antiquity above all else.
Berluti bespoke shoes, at present, run Euro 6000. Berluti’s clients have included Jean Cocteau, Alain Delon, Dean Martin, Andy Warhol, Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marcel Proust, and Roman Polanski, to drop just a few names!
Size Details:US10-10.5D.......UK9-9.5E......Cotinental 43.5-44D, for the medium width foot.
The pictures should tell all; Considerable creasing and checking but still absolutely serviceable. Soles have added non-slip thin rubber protectors. Heels are modestly worn McAfee style dove-tailed combination heels. For new shoes look elsewhere; for something you would have inherited, had your relative been a grand Parisian flâneur, you have found the ideal shoe.