My friendly neighborhood Neiman Marcus is having a Testoni trunk show on Saturday. I'm not really interested in ordering, but I will check it out to see whether Neiman's has just been buying the ugly shoes or whether they're all like that.
Well, I went, and I wasn't impressed. It's not that black-label Testoni shoes are poorly made: the attention to detail and the quality of construction are both excellent. It's that the designs don't appeal to me. There seem to be two toe shapes: boxy and ugly, or pointy and ugly. Most of the shoes have an extended sole edge and double soles. A lot of the detailing is of questionable taste (two that rub me the wrong way are the strips of leather in dark brown on a medium brown shoe and the spiral-cut "welt" strip that they seem to be doing on everything this season). The prices are too high (ca. $800 for the Bologna-constructed shoes, $1800
for the one Norwegian shoe that I saw). Worst of all for me was the fact that they don't have a stock special program. My only choice would have been whether I wanted the shoe in black or medium brown. That's it. Completely unacceptable in this day and age for a shoe that costs that much money.