There are some new shoemakers in town and their name is Point de Paris. They have been a while on Instagram, building up their presence as their ecommerce site was being built. And now that it is done, it is time to share them to the world. Point de Paris consist of 4 friends who were big-time shoe aficionados that decided to undertake the grand gesture of starting their own line. With all of their experiences as customers, they felt that they had some details to give that would separate their brand from the next. Below we will explain those.
he shoes are goodyear welted and priced at €840. What is involved with this price:
1. Lasted Shoetrees – meaning they are made from the exact same shape as the shoes last shape, giving the best fit to maintain the shoes shape.
2. Fully Leather heel counters – this is unique and is usually only seen on Handwelted footwear/Bespoke footwear. A nice feature for a RTW Goodyear Welted shoes. Fully leather heel counters will break in faster and mold to your heels better than the typical celastic/leatherboard counterparts.
3. Leather Holdfasts as opposed to fabric gemming only. A big argument to the shoe world is that Gemming is inferior to the leather holdfast that is sewn and presents a stronger bond between the upper and the insole. It is reported that only one major factory in Europe does this on a goodyear welted production basis, and it is France, where they must have the shoes made. (Not including small artisan workshops that produce only their own shoes)
4. Wooden Shanks – most bespoke shoemakers will either use wood pieces (specifically shaped ones) or sole leather to make up the shank, the part of the shoe that is pretty much the structure of support between the insole and outsole.
They have started out with a very concise and classic range with one last available, the sharp chisel. There is a classic cap toe oxford in 5 colors and a unique 3 eyelet wholecut oxford, also in the same 5 colors. While this leaves much to desire it is a good start for an upcoming brand, testing the waters of the industry.
I can only imagine how nice it will be when they start to produce other models (boots/loafers), other lasts (something typically French in a round last), and other materials (suedes for sure but hopefully frabrics too?!). I am sure it is in the works so stay tuned! In the meanwhile, if you see something you like here don’t be afraid to show them some support with an order!