It takes a confident and courageous man to be bold in his attire. It is easy to be elegant in muted colors and go unnoticed without anyone batting an eye at you. But doing so while being colorful is probably one of the hardest things that a man can do when it comes to dressing himself. It’s too easy to say ‘oh god that looks awful, all that color,’ just because that person wouldn’t dare of doing so, not for actually not liking it but for fear of what other people would think of them. And while most people would say that out loud, I know that deep down many of them would actually admire that person as not only do they have the gumption to do exactly what they want, but also not care about what others think. That is a mental freedom that few people have. And then when they pull it off, it’s even all that much better. Now, doing so on a regular basis and looking good on that regular basis is difficult, at best, to do. Mr. Lapo Elkann (heir to Mr. Agnelli/Fiat throne) does it well. He definitely does not do it all of the time, as I even find myself thinking, ‘my gosh, that is dreadful!’ But many times, he pulls it off and looks good doing so. That being, G&G recently made him some opera pumps and I just love the colors that he chose. The blue and green are just so amazingly vivid and well the grey is simply lovely. Well done Lapo, no surprise, but well done….

12 thoughts on “Feeling Dandy?”

  1. Hi Justin,
    Honestly, with all due respect to G&G’s dedication to producing the highest standards in men’s footwear, one of the three could be a lovely gift to my girlfriend!
    I’m not kidding at all!

    1. 🙂 I am sure that most men think like that John, but then again most men care about what other people think of them…..sometimes women’s shoes are much cooler than men’s are…but hey, dandy-ism is to very few’s taste…would I wear these? Well, probably just to spite most people, but not regularly!

  2. My girlfriend thinks the opera pumps in general are too girly. But I disagree; it’s a matter of confidence, and these are brilliant!

    1. I would be really curious to see a confident chap wearing one of these pairs. I am not sure at all whether a true Sapeur of Congo would dare make such a big leap into this kind of blurred zone! And yet only God knows how far these guys could go to ascertain their sense of style!

  3. While I appreciate the heritage, craftsmanship and aesthetic – I think the Opera pump is destined to be relegated to obscurity.

    We loathe the clunky square toes of the 90s, and even the elf shoes of the 00s, why do we keep a soft spot for these?

    1. the opera pump is different though. You have guys still wearing square toes on a daily basis, but no one wears opera pumps on a daily basis…they are for special occasions…anyone who wears them regularly, well then that would just be stupid…but for special occasion, I quite fancy them! definitely beats wearing some boring old patent oxford…

  4. I think the Opera Pump is a very stylish and classic shoe. I’m in the Formalwear business, I would wear them in a heartbeat. It’s for very special occasions.

  5. Phil e germany/tx.

    The Green Pumps look absolutely Amazing. Dark Blue Trousers, White Dinner Jacket, Green Velvet Bowtie.
    Greetings from Germany phil.

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