Monday, February 24, 2014

#FOOTWEAR: Silvano Lattanzi Arrives in South Africa

Silvano Lattanzi, founded in Ancora province of Italy in 1965, painstakingly handcrafted with the Moro monk-strap model in the world's finest exotic alligator, lizard skin using the techniques that involves a rather unique practice of aging leather. Lattanzi buries some of his handmade shoes in an aging pit for four years. It is known as "Scarpe di Fossa”, or "entombed" shoes.

Each pair is made up, and then put back together again in a patented method that results in a shoe as light as a feather, yet which guarantees protection from hot, cold and humid weather. The shoe is made with the finest perfection the soles are covered in the finest rare art. Stitched with custom-made linen twine, the shoes are lined with glove-soft goatskin and adorned with a rich but discreet gold buckle.

The brand offers ready-to-wear items, however most clients prefer to make an appointment for a private fitting for their own custom-made pair, which takes approximately three months to be completed and delivered.

Loafers and lace-ups in antiqued calf-skin and cordovan shell are among the most popular styles. The quality for Silvano is a study of forms, choice of materials, and choice of colours, inspired by Van GoughMonetand Matisse. In 1974 Silvano was the first shoemaker to create men's shoes in red, blue, yellow and green which was much ahead of the times.

The Silvano Lattanzi collection has changed the vision of shoes. He is the shoemaker who has created some of the footwear industry’s most heralded designs. It goes from inconspicuous to extraordinary all in a classy, stylish way. On top of this they are handmade quality from the best material and therefore deliver the most comfortable walk you will ever have. There is a shoe for everyone, for every outfit and every situation; created with harmony, elegance and fashion. This remarkable work has to be part of every man’s closet.

Silvano Lattanzi shoes are currently available in South Africa, and the brand is looking to officially launch them end of March 2014.

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