The Shoes by George Esquivel
I wanted to develop something that was a versatile, attainable luxury good for the guy who’s just starting off.
I already make a lot of brown shoes, and there’s only so much a designer can do with a black shoe. So I wanted to try something different — a shade of midnight blue that looks black at night, but because of the hand-burnished patina, it picks up light in really interesting ways during the day.
…The vachetta leather starts out nude, and it takes more than six hours of coloring the skin for it to achieve the rich blue hue.
… I didn’t do any of the broguing that people have been going crazy with lately, mostly because the more design elements you add to it, the less versatile the shoe. Also: With this color and this patina, you already have a lot of interesting things going on.
…It’s not a dressy, thin, elegant toe, because if you want a shoe that can go from day to night, you want something with some shape to it. I’m inspired a lot by Americana, and going from the cowboys into the early twenties and thirties, there was usually a little bit of a lift to the toe. —George Esquivel, designer
Hand-burnished oxfords ($900 for the first 50 customers; $2,200 after that) by Esquivel for Esquire, made to order at the Esquivel workshop in California. (Call 714-670-2200 and ask for the “Esquivel for Esquire” shoe.)
** My Comment: These shoes are tight (as in real nice). But for a guy just starting out, as what a Fortune 500 shareholder or a Crime Boss either one would/could have 2 pairs made. But not a regular guy. Don’t get me wrong I really like them but that makes it all the more painful. Nice dark Blue leather shoes are hard to find.
1 year ago