Thanks for posting Glenjay, l love your shine and have been a fan of your footwear over quite a few years now, you love the chisel and you may be partly responsible for me going back to loving it again too. l also like how you prefer a plain shoe.
Thank you so much Hoo-man, I am happy to of been of some influence. I do enjoy an elegant looking shoe.
Originally Posted by Hoo-man
Anyone ever used champagne to polish their shoos?
The polishing with champagne thing comes from a Berluti tradition, but it is of no real benefit to the shoe. The alcohol evaporates quicker than water so you can bring up a shine quicker, but the sugars in any drinkable alcohol are not good for the leather.
Originally Posted by hanskl
I don't mean to be rude, but those shoes look ridiculous with the giant leap between the sole and heel.
No offence taken. I bought the shoes on a whim, because I had never seen a pair with that narrow of a waist. I like the plain toe basket weave leather, but the toe is really too long for my taste.
Originally Posted by goodlensboy
How's the fit glenjay, I think they must be hugging the arch very nicely.
The shoes actually fit very well, but because of the long toe I rarely wear them (which is why the is almost no wear on the sole in the picture).
The International Swann Club, founded by Olga Berluti, is named after the character Charles Swann in Marcel Proust's novel Swann's Way published in 1913. The character is a Frenchman not an Englishman, but it is possible that Proust modeled his character after Brummel and made the character French since Proust was French. It may also be that it was simply more common for the more affluent/eccentric of that time to have their shoes polished in champagne (just because they could).
The members of the International Swann Club meet annually to polish their Berluti shoes under the moonlight with champagne.