By Antonio Malara
Last winter, the craze of Tod's loafers accompanied me throughout the season, leading me to buy the third pair of shoes which are however for summer use. In fact, mine was an investment for the summer season since it’s in that period of time that I most need to change shoes and outfits often. Normally, when you buy an item of clothing or a pair of shoes, there is also the pleasure of wearing them immediately, but I buy out of season. As I explained in previous posts about Tod's loafers, on Yoox thanks to the temporary discounts, I bought using the promotions but to wear in the summer. The latest purchase made following this logic was the black Tod’s with crocodile print.
This type of shoe was missing from my collection, it should be specified that these loafers are not in crocodile leather but only have the design with the same motif. The uniformity of the leather is in fact broken with square or rectangular designs to imitate the most prestigious crocodile skin. This model struck me both for the color, a kind of black-dark gray, and because the work of imitating the crocodile skin is well done, more than an imitation it seems a tribute. From an aesthetic point of view, these loafers stand out from the other Tod's models that I own not only for the type of printing but also for the details of the clamp. In fact, in this pair of shoes it is made up of two T's placed horizontally and mirrored tied by a round hook. In fact, from a distance, only one clamp can be seen, only the most attentive will notice the details of the composition by looking carefully. For the rest, this shoe has a design that respects the classic canons of this type of model, wide all around the foot so it can breathe. This in addition to the design is a detail that has always made me prefer this type of shoes over all the others, an exotic, comfortable and chic style at the same time.
With this latest purchase, I added another piece to my collection that this time is not just about color but also about the type of print. Even if the design of the loafers is timeless, I believe that a more modern and functional model can be created. Personally I don't know how to draw but I want to make some attempts in order to make understand how this shoe can evolve from an aesthetic point of view. In the meantime, I enjoy looking for new loafers with different colors and small details that make each one a distinct model with its own personality.
Pictures: Antonio Malara