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Article: New Year, New Shoes

New Year, New Shoes

First of all, The Norman Vilalta Team would like to wish you a Happy New Year. 2020 was an interesting year in many ways and we are thankful for your continued support.

Second, to kick off 2021 properly, we produced a small batch of new shoes for you with models that we selected given your feedback and past group-made-to-orders.

Our first shoe is the return of our classic derby boot and fan favorite, our Derby Simple. This year we produced a small batch with our chiseled toe and a handmade patina in a smooth dark chestnut.

The Derby Simple Boot features country calf leather sourced from Tanneries du Puy, 4 eyelets and 3 speed hook lacing for a snug and custom fit, a lightweight and comfortable Vibram Commando Sole that is perfect for winter weather, and our signature Duende embroidery on the heel.

The balanced proportions of the sleek upper with the more chunky sole allow you to wear the boots with a variety of attire. Dress them up with your suit or heavier wool flannel or dress them down with dark denim, corduroy, or you favorite pair of khakis.

Our second shoe for you is our Rafael Wingtip Adelaide Oxford, a relatively new model that we introduced this year in our Winter Heat GMTO of 2020.

Rafael is the marriage between two of our favorite classic shoes, the Wingtip Full Brogue, and Adelaide Full Brogue. The result is a heavily stylized shoe that will give your rotation of oxfords some additional pizzazz without being ostentatious.

The combination of our wingtip, chiseled toe, and the swan seam create an elegant silhouette that complements each other perfectly. The brogue accents add tasteful detailing that highlight the sleek curves of the shoe.

We selected a handmade patina in dark oak, a color that can effortlessly be paired with office and weekend attire.

Our final shoe is our Marsella Boot, a new mid-height derby boot that we introduced in our October Surprise GMTO of last year and named after the oldest bar in Barcelona, where stylish creatives mixed with inner city locals, artists, and outsiders.

Marsella features our chiseled toe last, box vegano inca leather from Tanneries du Annonay, a semi lined shaft, 4 brass eyelets and 2 speed hook lacing, our signature Duende embroidery on the heel, and a lightweight, durable, and comfortable Vibram Button Sole.

The vamp, lower quarters, and counter are made of one piece of leather which is lasted around the shoe and meet at the inner heel. The mid-height is perfect for those of you who prefer a boot that is not too high on the ankle, is less restrictive, and is a suitable alternative to a classic Chukka.

Our Derby Simple Boot, Rafael Wingtip Adelaide, and Marsella Boot are now available in a small batch online and in store. We produced only one pair of some sizes, so availability is limited.

All shoes are bench made, Goodyear-welted, and hand finished by our artisan team in Barcelona, Spain. This process includes the use of glass, sandpaper, inks, creams, waxes, fire and multiple iron tools to achieve a bespoke quality finishing that the Norman Vilalta brand has become known for.

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