A shoe is not merely just a shoe anymore; it's an accessory that sets the tone of an outfit. Wearing the wrong pair can lead to an incongruous look, no matter how spiffy you've assembled the rest of your outfit. And sometimes, the juxtaposition can be jarring, akin to forcing a square peg into a round hole—it simply doesn't look right.
With shoes, they're either the starting foundation of a look or the finishing touch. The latter is reserved more for shoes that serve a singular purpose, such as a standard pair of Oxfords or a pair of white sneakers. They're shoes that are not particularly outstanding and can very much go with any outfit combination; an easy afterthought. Having said that, it also depends on the formality of the occasion and outfit. One wouldn't (and shouldn't) put on a pair of Oxfords together with sweatpants and a T-shirt, for example, even if the idea of formal and casual dress are increasingly being blurred.
The shoes are essentially not what one would expect from a storied fashion house. They're modern without bastardising the brand's heritage, and are not created to be an afterthought. These are shoes you'd want to build your outfit around but won't have a hard time doing so, because they're neither too formal nor too casual.
Why pick a side?
Salvatore Ferragamo introduces Hybrid, a series that's core to the pre-fall 2019 collection. With Hybrid, the shoes combine Salvatore Ferragamo-levels of both craft and tech, incorporating technical aspects onto more traditional shoe silhouettes, as well as modernising the signature Salvatore Ferragamo wedge heel into a feature that sits well across two different treatments.
Familiar men's shoe classics are given an update with rope-edged, chunky soles that traipse the line between formal and casual perfectly. It's a subtle detail that (quite literally) elevates a look, especially with the colour-blocked options. These Hybrid Thierry Oxford and Tuxedo derby shoes could dress up a casual fit, as well as add a touch of edge to a standard sartorial look.
Sportier selections come in the form of the Hybrid Tylar sneaker and the Hybrid Terramo Oxford that are both fitted with the wedge heel sole that's inspired by Salvatore Ferragamo's iconic rainbow heel. The former is designed for comfort and ease of wear, while the latter is a sleek culmination of high-tech and high-craft.
Aside from the Hybrid series, the pre-fall 2019 collection serves up an array of pieces that are designed to be versatile style companions. Among them are the Borg and Tasko sneakers, as well as the leather Firenze Gamma Stripe backpack—all decorated with Salvatore Ferragamo's signature motif as an emphasis on the luxurious craft that the fashion house represents.
Stamped all over with the Gancini motif, the Firenze Gamma Stripe backpack is also designed with a broad blue central stripe that gives it an undoubtedly sporty vibe. Take the backpack out anywhere from the office to onboard a flight to your next travel destination; it's bound to complement almost any look. The leather Tasko sneaker is equally as versatile. This time, the Gancini motif is featured on the sides, as well as on the outsole at the heel—all seamlessly crafted in off-white. The Borg sneaker is a more colourful take with stitched detailing and suede panels, but still set against a dark palette of black and navy.
In short, every piece is designed to be easy style complements you don't have to mull over. Win.
The Salvatore Ferragamo pre-fall 2019 collection is now available in Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques.