15 Examples of How Handmade Shoes Look After Years of Wearing
Why handmade shoes?
Truth is, when you buy handmade shoes you also buy something that becomes a part of you. Every little wrinkle and fold on your favourite boot, every tiny scratch on your old lace-ups remind you time always leaves a mark which tells a silent story. A story without words.
Show me your shoes, I'll tell you who you are is the best saying which explains why you should never neglect what you wear on your feet. Shoes tell so much about ourselves. Where we go often. What we work. How distracted, careful and busy we are, who we are and who we want to be. They tell our comfort zone, our expectations and our confidence. No mirror could be clearer.
When the shoes are handmade, they are made to last in the first place. One should make sure to choose the highest quality Italian leathers, solid leather soles stitched entirely by hand in order to guarantee a strong base to wear your story into. Genuine skins and bottoms do not break but get softer, crease and take shape of your feet. It's all about starting right.
Shoes like a self-portrait
For the celebration of 10+ years of the George C Toronto boutique in November 2016, a special project of Rocco P. 10 Year Retrospective was launched to present the most loved Rocco P. styles actually owned, worn and collected by the boutique's clients.
Photographed by Jonathan Hooper, the pictures reveal how the shoes have changed over time after years of wearing and what personal sculptures they have actually become. Have a look at all of the portraits!
1. Low heel ankle booties in blue python leather.
2. Chunky bottom pointy ankle booties in black python leather.
3. Soft and shiny black leather boots with back zippers.
4. Ocra brushed calf leather lace-up high boots.
5. Black crocodile leather double zipper middle heel booties.
6. Brown crocodile leather buckled boots with studded toe and middle chunky heel.
7. Black pony leather high heeled ankle booties.
8. Black and gold stingray leather double zipper chunky ankle booties.
9. Ocra/brown python leather bag and high heeled sling-back sandals.
10. Perforated ivory suede open toe and open heel sandals with a long shaft.
11. Handpainted stingray leather ankle booties.
12. Soft ivory goat leather ankle booties.
13. Emerald python leather knee high pointy boots.
14. Black wowen pointy loafers.
15. Taupe leather flat lace-up shoes.
This amazing project actually proved the everlasting beauty of artisan shoes. Not only do they reveal their true beauty through the soft buttery leather but also become an accurate picture of our personality.
How will your shoes look after 10 years of wearing?