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We’ve been sporting menswear ever since prep school and Annie Hall. And lately we’ve been wearing our lace-up brogues with everything from dresses to boyfriend jeans. But now that springtime’s here, we find ourselves yearning for something a little lighter and more, dare we say, feminine.

A gentleman named George Esquivel has come to the rescue. The Los Angeles-based cobbler, who counts Emma Stone, Gwen Stefani and Janelle Monáe as fans, has debuted a spring collection of gamine shoes--each cut, stitched, glued and tanned by hand, yielding graceful lines and inarguable comfort.

And such colors! We’re admiring camel-toned loafers with orange patent leather ($665), brown wing tips with aqua stitching ($760), as well as outrageous metallic-gold lace-ups in a derby style. But our true love is the suntanned brogue ($1,400), which looks like pieced-and-perforated leather. In reality, it’s a smooth shoe that’s been cleverly dyed (or “suntanned”).

Only 2,600 pairs are made of the whole line each year--for worldwide distribution--and there is such limited local distribution (A’maree’s in Newport Beach, or, that we feel certain we’ll be totally unique in our quest for comfy style.

Esquivel shoes are available at A’marees, 2241 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach; 949-642-4423 or

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