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Santoni AW17, shoes

Santoni AW17 shoes

Santoni has long been one of those shoemakers that go just a bit further, and the new collection is full of statement shoes. All handmade in Italy, of course.

Despite being one of the traditional shoemakers, the brand has readily acknowledged the ever-changing diversity of metropolitan life and how sportswear has now become office acceptable. It’s something Santoni has referred to as “a new urban grammar.”

The new collection is a mix of styles ranging from traditional formality to luxury casual. This morphing of categories is evident in the new sneaker, “Dip”, which combines elegance and performance, formality and informality – which, really, is about where we are these days when it comes to footwear. Even hiking boots have been given the luxury touch with the inclusion of precious skins (suggesting that perhaps you don’t head up Jebel Hafeet wearing them) while the sneaker is also presented in a fur-lined version.

Polished toes characterize their sturdy lace-ups, while asymmetric color effects and bold fringes land an off-kilter allure to derbies. Formal, tapered styles are defined by prismatic cuts; massive soles give the double monkstrap styles a lighter air.

The color palette for this season from Santoni is dense and masculine with lots of black, brown, burgundy, and deep blue, with touches of caramel. The materials include brushed calfskin, crocodile, patent leather, and aged calfskin, with glossy finishes.

Santoni is available at Level Shoe District and Rodeo Drive outlets in Dubai, Rubaiyat in Riyadh and Jeddah, Santoni Monobrand at the Pearl Doha, and at Aishti in Beirut, Lebanon.

Here’s our pick of 10 shoes from the new collection.

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