Not Just for Jeans, Denim Is Enlivening Shoes This Season

George Esquivel, Corthay, and Louis Vuitton are putting denim where the leather meets the road…

Photo by Ted Morrison

The classic bench-made shoe dares to be different this spring, donning an unexpected dash of denim. Some of shoemaking’s top talents have combined fine Italian leather with Japanese selvedge denim to create footwear that is still elegant but with a casual edge. Men may well find that this fanciful twist on the traditional, including the three models shown here, gives their wardrobe just the right shot of personal style. From left: George Esquivel washed-denim shoe with leather piping ($950, esquivelshoes.com), Corthay leather-and-indigo-denim shoe ($1,950, corthay.com), and Louis Vuitton finely detailed leather wing tip with denim panels ($990, louisvuitton.com).

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