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Shoe Showcase at Berluti

We take a look at the art of patina at this luxury Paris-based menswear label.

Berluti has been offering men in the know exceptional examples of footwear since 1895, when founder Alessandro Berluti created a laced dress shoe cut from a single piece of perfect leather. In the years since, a respect for craftsmanship has merged with a drive for innovation, allowing Berluti to continue to impress with its utterly timeless designs. Of all the options offered on Berluti shoes, it is the patina that stands out as unique to the brand.

Patina is a by-hand process that can be applied to Venezia leather or exotic alligator skin, and imbues the shoe with a distinct personality and unique colour gradient. As your shoes age, additional layers of patina can be added that will breathe new life into your footwear, helping them wear better, last longer and stay fresh for each new season. Berluti recommends your first (complimentary) patina after approximately 15 wears and before applying any sort of shoe-care cream. This first treatment will set your shoes’ colour and ensure the natural creases that develop remain balanced with the leather itself. Each patina is as unique as a fingerprint, making your shoes truly one of a kind. As Olga Berluti said, “Patina is the art that gives life to shoes.”

You can also look to Berluti for hand tattooing and hot-stamping on your shoes, as well as bespoke shoemaking options and, since 2012, impeccably designed ready-to-wear (renowned designer Haider Ackermann heads up the maison’s creative direction). For today’s man, it is the brand to know in top-tier dressing.