When talking about handmade men’s luxury footwear, we’re obviously transported to Montegranaro, in the Fermo province, and the company we’re talking about is Doucal’s, Italian excellence with a British soul. Mario Giannini opens his artisan’s workshop in 1968 and calls it “Ducale” to hint at the clientele that, right from the get-go, commission wonderful shoes. In 1973 the workshop goes on to become a full-fledged company for which the name Doucal’s is chosen, a Englishised name indicating the direction to follow in terms of design. It is indeed in England that Giannini studies the art of shoemaking, in Northampton, and during the 1970s, when returning from this enlightening journey, he turns his business into a resounding success. It goes without saying that being Made in Italy is a firm prerogative of the brand, and today Doucal’s heritage was passed on to Giannini’s sons, Gianni and Jerry, who follow in their father’s footsteps, while adding a contemporary twist. Doucal’s men’s footwear are works of art where the British look and Italian fit fuse to create timeless pieces that are also comfortable, thanks to the memory foam footbed.
The timeless elegance of Doucal’s footwear is rooted in the making of the classic models that keep gaining more and more appreciation to this day. We’re referring to the Oxford model in brushed smooth leather and leather soles, which are a must-have in any refined elegant man’s shoe closet, who deals with important engagements where a curated look is essential. The Derby model is also a symbol of timeless class that you can wear either with formal attire, or with jeans and a cashmere sweater if you feel like softening the overall look.
Among the must-have Doucal’s products, of course, we have to mention the moccasins, which come in a variety of models: on one hand, there are the classic “college” ones in brushed leather and leather soles; on the other, the soft ones in suede embellished with tassels. The choice depends on the look you’re going for and your preference, but a pair of moccasins is a imperative for any smart- casual outfit.
One can alternate between the timeless elegance of Doucal’s and athletic models like the ones featured by Astorflex and Golden Goose, to infuse style to every moments of your day.
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