Berluti is a legend in the world of shoemaking. Founded in 1895 by Alessandro Berluti, it was first a bespoke shoemaker with classic lasts, blending Italian, French and English craft. One of the first creation by Berluti was the Alessandro, a three eyelet one-cut Oxford, synonymous with elegance and refinement.
His shoes were then presented to the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris as a symbol of french craftsmanship. Clients from Alessandro Berluti included Isadora Duncan, Helena Rubinstein, and Elizabeth Arden, some of the biggest socialites of the era. The house continuously grew with his son Torello and his grandson Talbinio, with a shop in Rue du Mont-Thabor in 1928, close to Place Vendôme.
In the 1950's, the name Berluti was already well known, thanks to actors, writers, and celebrities such as Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Yul Brinner, Jean Cocteau, and even the Duke of Windsor. They've changed location again to their current address, 26 Rue Marbeuf, near the Champs-Elysées, in 1958. The first ready-to-wear line from Berluti was born.
In 1962, the niece of Torello, Olga Berluti, then 17-years old, was asked by the famous painter and icon Andy Warhol to create a bespoke shoe. Using a particular leather, Olga created the unique loafer that made the reputation of Berluti, the Andy.
Beginning in the 1990's and the buy-out by luxury giant LVMH, Berluti launched a new concept: the patina. The shoes could now become a statement in itself, and not just for work. Thanks to their unique Venezia Leather and the work of their artisans, shoes by Berluti added a tapestry of colour similar to a painting, while still offering the highest quality possible for a dress shoe. While other brands followed Berluti in making patinas, none can replicate the richness of their colours.
In 2011, Alessandro Sartori (formerly from Zegna) became the creative director for Berluti, following Olga's retirement. The brand also purchased the french bespoke tailor Arnys, expanding their craft into suits and other garments.
In 2018, the fashion designer Kris Van Assche (formerly from Dior) became the new creative director and made its first catwalk for Berluti at the Opéra Garnier in 2019.
Berluti is now one of the most luxurious house in the world, thanks to a very limited networks of 45 stores, and a very exclusive club for its most important clients: the Swann Club. Here, you can learn how to properly shine and mirror-polish your Berluti shoes, using a very peculiar technique with Champagne.
The shoes I'm proposing are a very unique model by Berluti. Inspired by ski boots made for Greta Garbo in the 1930's, similar to the iconic Brunico model, the Alpino was a new feature for the 2014 Fall-Winter Collection. Made with their legendary Venezia leather in a classic tobacco brown patina (similar to Mogano), these hiking boots features a double monk straps to give a tight fit and hide the lacings. The construction is a norwegian welt, creating a sturdy and almost indestructible boot. The square toe and the commando sole finally make an excellent choice for an outdoor shoe, while still elegant.
Made for the 2014 collection, these hiking boots are like new (worn only twice). They are perfect from Autumn to Spring. You can pair them either with blue jeans or grey flannel trousers, and even with a winter business suit.
This pair retailed for 2100 euros (2600 USD) and is now sold out.
The size is a 7UK/41EU. Check the measurements below to be sure it fits you:
Length left shoe: 29,4 cm
Length right shoe: 29,4 cm
Width left shoe: 11,1 cm
Width right shoe: 11,1 cm
Berluti plastic shoetrees and dustbags are included.
The quality is equivalent to:
John Lobb, Edward Green, Corthay, Saint Crispin's, Gaziano & Girling, Bontoni, George Cleverley, Foster & Son, Paolo Scafora, Hermès
If you have questions regarding the shoes, don't hesitate to ask.