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Article: Not for the "Soso"

Not for the "Soso"

As the year continues to heat up, we curated a flavorful selection of three new shoes for this season that are not for the “Soso” (flavorless in Spanish).

First up is our Eduardo Derby Shoe in a head turning Ribera reverse patina on suede.

Eduardo is the first single eyelet derby that Norman has designed for our Goodyear-welted Condal Collection, and the most formal version of our derbies. 

Eduardo features supple suede from Charles Stead, an asymmetric pattern with the seam tucked away at the inner heel, our signature embroidered and padded insole, a pitched heel, and a Goodyear-welted leather sole that is hand painted in purple.

The minimal design is a simplified take on a derby with one eyelet lacing which is not only an attractive accent but also delivers a more secure and comfortable fit.

We selected a beautiful blue and teal handmade ribera patina which is evocative of the nearby beaches of Catlunya. The reverse patina resembles the receding waves along the coastline, or “ribera” in Spanish.

Eduardo will look great with your denim and khakis and will make a bold statement with white linen this summer.

Our second shoe is our James Penny Loafer in a spicy Crianza patina.

James is our signature penny loafer featuring an upper in French box calf leather from Tanneries du Puy, sharp chiseled toe box, and an elongated vamp that creates and elegantly sleek silhouette.

The loafer features an asymmetric pattern with no center back seam, quilted and padded insole, and our hand painted leather sole.

The sawtooth details of gimping accent the apron, penny keeper, tongue, and the counter, adding a subtle design touch.

The Crianza handmade patina is one of our more fiery patinas that is not for the bland.

The loafers will make a tasteful statement with dress attire and will evoke confidence when paired with more casual attire on the weekend.

With a growing demand for tassels over the last year and a half, we produced a small batch of our Gillespie Tassel Loafer, a shoe we originally debuted with our friends at Leffot in NYC.

Gillespie features an elegantly elongated round toebox, an apron carefully hand-stitched by our team of artisans, a textured grain calf upper, a pitched heel, and a leather sole hand painted in purple.

A subtle detail of Gillespie is the woven ankle roping which wraps around the collar and complements the hand-stitched apron beautifully.

Our first version of Gillespie in 2021 featured a bold violet patina. For this version, we selected a handsome Ebony handmade patina, a more reserved option that still maintains the Norman Vilalta flair.

The dark and milky brown patina of Gillespie is easy to dress up and down and you can comfortably slip these loafers on for a day or night on the town.

Our Eduardo Derby Shoe in Ribera, James Penny Loafer in Crianza, and Gillespie Tassel Loafer in Ebony are now available in a small batch online and in our men’s shoe store in Barcelona.

Each Goodyear-welted pair is meticulously hand-finished by our team of artisans in Barcelona before delivery.

Shop our Goodyear-welted and hand-finished shoes today

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