I was taken aback by the beauty of an adelaide the other day. I shared it on my Instagram and it appeared that others were too as it received a lot of interaction. The adelaide in question was one of Yeossal‘s handwelted custom models, called the Shrewsbury. The funny thing is that it was not the first time I had seen this model, yet it felt new to me. The model had simply been done differently, with a few subtle details changing from the model they originally used as a display picture. Yet they looked night and day different, at least in the pictures.
The original was more of a plain and simple version of the Shrewsbury (see below). It was mainly solid brown throughout the body with a lighter cap. At least that is what the photos appeared to show. The cap could very well be the same color but often light has a way of altering the look of things. The laces were round. This new version has a very subtle patina to it, where the lines of brogueing are accentuated by a deeper color. That detail helped to highlight the pattern and give depth. They changed the laces to flat (better IMHO) and added a touch of a spade sole to the joints of the forefoot.
People often do not think about these things, which is why I am writing this post, but the new version of it with the dark throat line blended into the lighter vamp really highlights the beauty of the pattern. The original version, being plainer, is simply that: a plain adelaide. There was nothing special about it IMHO. It was a nice shoe, but it does not grab you. That is why I didn’t even realize I had seen the model before.
And what I am getting at is how the subtle details in a shoe can drastically differentiate it from the next. Often we are attracted to things we simply do not even realize (mainly talking about shoes here 😉 . The touch of burnishing in the right spots gave life to this clean and simple adelaide and for me, made it far more attractive than I had previously thought. Not to mention a nice shine to highlight these features. Yeossal might not have even realized they did this. Maybe they did. But I love a shoe designer that does: that sees and emphasizes the details that make their shoes beautiful, even if subtle. The little things often make the largest difference!
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