Here’s a gentleman’s guide to a capsule casual shoe wardrobe, taking references from Loro Piana’s summer menswear range.
The luxury Italian brand's footwear creations have become as iconic as their signature Merino wool sweaters, and it’s not surprising, considering that the brand has a distinct history of developing technical apparel and accessories for sport. That same ethos has continued until today as shoe designs are engineered for supreme comfort and performance in the sphere of luxury.
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1. The Moccasin
Name: Summer Walk moccasins
Purpose: This ultra-soft, comfortable shoe was originally designed for sailing, they were specifically created to be worn on the Loro Piana superyacht, My Song.
Design: There are elements of a yachting shoe on the Summer Walk, like the white sole—a typical feature in the footwear of sailors as they don’t stain or rub off on wooden decks. The white sole is an exclusive blend of natural rubber and technical materials, with reduced sensitivity to temperature changes, that way it doesn’t lose its shape in heat nor contract when cold. It also has excellent traction to prevent slipping when the yacht is moving too.
There is also a space on the sole of the heel for the owner to sign their name, a feature that is inspired by deck shoes as most yachts have a bare-feet policy and shoes would be placed in a basket. The summer shoe is also in unlined suede, making them ideal for the warmer weather with a water-repellent finish.