Kiton shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wcp45, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. wcp45

    wcp45 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Does anyone have experience with the Kiton brand shoes sold at the Kiton store in NYC? They sell at Lattanzi prices--$1500 and up. I know that there are a lot of shoe connoisseurs/experts on this board, and I would be interested in their opinions. One of the Kiton salesmen told me that the shoes were not outsourced--that within the past year Kiton had dedicated a part of its Naples facility to creating the hand made shoes.

    For what it's worth, I did try on a pair of suede tassel loafers. I have a very difficult time finding loafers that fit--narrow ankles, somewhat wider than average foot. These loafers fit very well--no sliding, my ankles were clamped in. More comfortable than the bespoke Cleverly loafers I recently purchased. I was tempted to purchase, and may yet.
     


  2. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

    Messages:
    3,134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Location:
    Cygnus X-1
    They're beautiful...I'll try and snap some pics and post them at some point.
     


  3. fareau

    fareau Senior member

    Messages:
    311
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2004
    Thracozaag,

    Just out of interest, what exactly is that picture that is under your name?  (And let me apologize for interrupting the thread with such a stupid question)
     


  4. TimelessRider

    TimelessRider Senior member

    Messages:
    566
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    NJ, USA
    Looks like Juilliard.

    I've heard that they simply bought out an existing shoemaker. I may be wrong though, but it seems unlikely that they just start making high-end shoes. I'd be interested in pics and opinions from the shoe cognoscenti as well.
     


  5. wcp45

    wcp45 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Timelessrider,

    I'm sure you're correct--that Kiton did not just start making high end shoes. Last summer when I visited their facility in Naples I was told they were working with local artisans to make shoes. I assumed that whatever product they planned to come out with would be out-sourced. Apparently, they may have just bought out another operation, or perhaps more than one existing company, and brought everything in-house.

    I do hope one of the shoe cognoscenti on this board has examined the end product and can comment (or, if Kiton just bought out another company, perhaps our experts know whom Kiton bought, their reputation, etc).

    Thracozaag--as I mentioned in another forum, I hope you do get a chance to take pics and post them. I'd love to see what Bergdorf is carrying.
     


  6. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

    Messages:
    3,134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Location:
    Cygnus X-1
    Thracozaag, Just out of interest, what exactly is that picture that is under your name? Â (And let me apologize for interrupting the thread with such a stupid question)
    Looks like Juilliard.
    bingo, it is indeed, the Jailyard [​IMG]
     


  7. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

    Messages:
    3,134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Location:
    Cygnus X-1
    Well, from what Marcello told me earlier in the year, they were going to ask Lattanzi, but ended up using another Neapolitan maker instead.  I'll try and pry the name out of him when he gets back from Italy.
     


  8. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    4,582
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    According to DNR, they bought an existing artisinal shoemaking company, and moved it in-house.

    Thracozaag, how would you compare the Kiton shoes with Vass?
     


  9. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

    Messages:
    3,134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Location:
    Cygnus X-1
    Without having had the benefit of seeing the Kiton's "gutted", I'm not sure how the handwork inside measures up to Vass (which is probably the best I've ever seen).  Styling wise, they're along the lines of Lattanzi, but for me, much less garish.  Leather is soft, but not as supple as say, Mantellassi.  The antique finish on several of the loafers is truly exquisite, I've got to take some pictures to show this.
     


  10. TimelessRider

    TimelessRider Senior member

    Messages:
    566
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    NJ, USA
    I just ran over to BG take a peek. The finish is absolutely stunning. Lots of variation in the color that would give Edward Green a run for their money. No visible stitching on the sole. Goodyear welted according to the salesman. That's all my untrained eye could pick out.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by