To coolest thing about bespoke makers is seeing their imagination come to life through the samples that they make to represent their brand. A shoe’s design can consist of an infinite amount of details, twists and turns and seeing how they end up is always brilliant, whether good or bad. Sometimes, I wish that I was just filthy rich and my only hobby was to be able to create every single shoe design that has popped into my mind….how cool would that be? But as I enter back into the real world (from my often day-dreaming) I realize that thankfully there is a collective of other makers out there who do make what they imagine, and I am therefore able to live vicariously through them!!
This model here, made by Mr. Norman Vilalta, is precisely one of those brilliant designs that I appreciate seeing. Not only is the design cool, but what he did with the coloring, making it a few shades deeper at that horizontal vamp line, was simply brilliant. That shading is so simple in it’s execution yet terribly clever in it’s presentation and how it thus transforms the shoe….without it, for me, it would be far less appealing….Nevertheless, it’s a lovely shoe and I look forward to seeing more of Mr. Vilalta’s creations, as he is a prodigy of Stefano Bemer, which means that I know he took away some greatness from his time spent in Florence…..