Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.
When you want to soar like an eagle....
I have a brand new pair of Gaziano & Girlings in my office, but Im not posting pics until everyone shakes hands and plays nice.
DW, you means this
This is seriously not a good enough bait. You need to send them a pair of G&G each, but I guess at that point, you'd rather see them fight.
It's the pattern matching over there- drives people spare- http://www.styleforum.net/t/234255/hof-what-are-you-wearing-right-now-part-iii/21030
Lovely! Something along those lines, certainly...although to the extent that there is any truth in the story, I suspect that the shoes the apprentice had to make were not literally shoes for the Pope--merely lightweight, refined, and very well made.
Thanks for posting those.
Adriano Stefanelli from Novara (near Milan) is currently the official shoemaker of the Pope:
All the Pope's shoes appear to be variations on slippers (pumps).
For all we know, they might not even be 'pump-stitched' but cemented (glued).
More than likely cemented. The video freezes at about 3 minutes on my computer but just before that we see the shoes being lasted...over what looks to be a fiberboard heelseat.
But the story I was told goes back many years...maybe even into the 19th century...when an apprenticeship in shoemaking was seven years. Then too, no one ever suggested to me that the shoes in the story were actually being made for the Pope...it was a metaphor.
well, time for me to get rid of this rude mf...
sorry, not possible.
ooops, i'm not entirely sure about this.
I missed that. Hope he's not banned.
BUT SERIOUSLY, I've taken Spoo's advice. I'm ready to kiss and make up (but no tongues!)
SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY, life's too short. We should all move on.
He is one of many shoemakers who makes shoes for the pope, but he is not his official shoemaker. In fact, the pope has no official shoemaker as the shoes are donated to him (and have been to his predecessor) during the General Audiences. There are many firms who claim to be the pope's shoemaker only because they sent him a pair of shoes once which wasn't sent back (Salvatore Ferragamo is one of the more famous of these). There are, however, (very, very) detailed specifications for shoes to be given to the pope for actual use. One is a low vamp, leather soled shoe, the other one has a high vamp, elastic inlays and a rubber sole. Both of these are loafers and can come in black, red and white. There is also a third shape for domestic use, which is always red. The only shoes for use by the pope (well, kind of) which are actually ordered by the Vatican are made by Gammarelli (or by a contract shoemaker or firm for Gammarelli). These are the shoes a newly elected pope puts on before his first appearance to the public. They are — guess what — black/red loafers.
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