One of the signature design details of Norman Vilalta is the mixing of materials to create a new take on traditional shoes. The Balmoral Simple Combo Leather Shoe is a model that perfectly exemplifies this feature.
Norman combined the more rugged texture of pebble grain leather with the smooth touch of suede. The suede covers the upper quarter and wraps around the heel in one solid piece with no center back seam. The pebble grain is finished with our 3D pattern which compliments the soft texture of the suede. Put it all together on a durable but light weight Vibram Commando Sole, and you have a unique Balmoral that exemplifies elegance, texture, durability, comfort and color.
For those of you who need a dress shoe that still has pizzazz, the second pair of the month is the re-introduction of our classic Full Brogue Wingtip Oxford. This shoe is a design from Norman’s first ready to wear collection from 2015 and is a staple style that we often receive requests for. This GMTO model sports an elegant handmade black and brown patina that works well with all dress attire or can be the centerpiece of a more casual outfit.
To compliment the brogues and soften up the look a bit we chose our round toe last. The brogues line the wingtip, the vamp, the quarters, the heel and the heel cap. The uppers are French Box Calf from Tanneries du Puy and the leather soles are hand painted in green.
Our third style of the month is our Double Monk Cap Toe Shoe. We recently re-launched Double Monk Simple in the original colorway as a made-to-order online and thought it would be nice to introduce a new alternative to go with it. We thought it would be fun to experiment with Victoria suede, a color that we fell in love with after producing a custom shoe in this color last year. The Victoria Suede is a mix between bordeaux and brown, a color that compliments both light or dark color suiting and can be dressed down with denim or corduroys.
The double monk has a derby style upper with suede that is sourced from Charles Stead. The design utilizes our asymmetrical patternmaking with no center back seam, and the shoe sits comfortably on top of our Vibram Commando Sole.
Every shoe is bench grade, hand finished. This includes professional painting and polishing of the uppers, and sanding, painting, waxing and polishing of the soles by hand. In addition, our bench grading includes bespoke detailing which requires the careful use of a roulette on the upper welt as well as along the upper heel.
The Balmoral Simple Combo, Full Brogue Wingtip Oxford, and Double Monk Cap Toe Shoe are available at a reduced GMTO price through Tuesday, October 29th at 11:59pm PST. Our custom shoe trees are available for 25% off with purchase of any of the three GMTO models. The discount is applied upon checkout.