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 net-a-porter.com), 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 esquivelshoes.com