Elements of Style May 2013

Santoni’s antiqued Quebec oxford ($690) and Shipley boot ($795) exhibit the sort of soft patina that usually results from extensive wear and care. Yet the Italian shoemaker spends a painstaking three weeks repeatedly dying and brushing the leather to create the warm, rough finish of each new piece of footwear. The leather heels and soles are stone-washed and hammered to achieve an equally aged look—and more comfortable pliability. Santoni, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 212.753.4000, www.saksfifthavenue.com&n…

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