You can always count on Italian creativity to come up with something no one else has. And Paolo Scafora‘s newest butterfly loafers with buckled straps prove just that. Santoni started this trend of reinventing the double monk idea by making it a slip-on essentially with the classic crossover double buckle strap on the cut of a loafer model. Paolo Scafora has now redefined it by doing something even more thoughtful: adding straps to the butterfly loafer model. While some might find this purely aesthetic this actually is quite practical for those that either suffer from very high insteps
You see the butterfly loafer (depending on the cut of the pattern) usually comes quite high up the instep which can make it difficult to get into and even if you can get in, can make it uncomfortable to stay into (pressure on top of the foot). From my taking of this, not only was an aesthetic design created here but also one that serves a practical purpose. I see only one hole was punched for the buckle which I am unsure if was done for the purpose of just making a sample or if that’s how they will come into production. Either way, there is space for subsequent holes to allow for more instep room for those that may need it.
It is always great to see new ideas come to fruition. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. But for sure, there will be a customer for each one. I am not sure if I would personally wear these but I think they are pretty cool!
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