By Antonio Malara
I don't like being repetitive, however this is the third post in which I show a pair of Tod's loafers. In "Tod's Blue Loafers" I explained the reasons why I love this type of shoe so much, in "Tod's Black Leather Loafers", I talked about the fact that on "Yoox" there are many loafers of this brand and the difference in style between models in suede and those in calfskin. In this third post I will tell the story behind this model, the partnership between Tod’s and Ferrari. In fact, I will also talk about the backstory of this particular model and to do this I will connect to what I said in the last post about the “Yoox discovery”. Being now a careful observer of this site because of Tod's shoes, I found the pair of red loafers I had seen on the official website a couple of years ago, with a timed-discounted price. Years ago, I was unable to buy the model because it was too expensive, then later in a Tod's store inside an outlet I bought a “Ferrari for Tod's” model at an affordable price. It was 2019 and then I didn't make a dedicated post but I wore them in "Roadster", the fact is that last summer those shoes were the ones I wore the most together with Zanotti's black espadrillas. To be precise, I wore them eight times in five months. In other words, I discovered that I wear red as much as black so when I saw the model I had on my wishlist a few years ago I bought it immediately.
The "Tod's for Ferrari" models are characterized not just because most of the models are red in color but also by the insole that is inside. This in fact is padded and in calfskin, an extra borrowing detail compared to the classic models. Another detail that distinguishes the Ferrari models is the logo at the top of the shoe. In the classic loafers there is the Tod's logo while in the Ferrari one there is the symbol of “La Casa di Maranello” represented by the prancing horse. In the case of this latest model I bought, there is another very nice detail that I liked from the first moment I saw them. It’s a double white stripe interspersed with a black one that, starting from the tip of the shoe, crosses the sole and, before reaching the back, rises on the outer side of the shoe as if it were a wing. In addition to aesthetics, that detail adds extra colors, giving more life to the red and making it more versatile in matching with clothes. Compared to the previous red model I have, this one doesn’t have a strap on the front but it is completely smooth, it does not even have a clamp.
This list of details may seem manic but in reality they are things that differentiate one shoe from another, personally I appreciate them but without being obsessed with because in the end they are always a pair of shoes that for the type in question will tend to get ruined immediately, especially in the front part. I admire the details and let them influence my choice of clothes and accessories but I am always aware, as in this case, that only very few individuals will notice the differences between my two red Tod’s models. So whoever sees me more often in red shoes next summer, will probably think that I am a loser who always wears the same shoes rather than a lover of details. Anyway this last thing is irrelevant because I personally think like Karl Lagerfeld when he used to he say; "For me what matters is only my opinion".
Pictures: Antonio Malara