Jeffrey Monteiro’s New Shoes
As much pleasure as there is in a pair of pristine, box-fresh shoes, the fact remains that most pairs are basically non-functional until they’ve been broken in. At some point, some designer was going to figure out how to square the circle, producing comfortable new shoes with lived-in character. We’re pleased to report that Jeffrey Monteiro has done just that. His debut shoe collection comprises three styles that he describes as having “something a little rough and rustic and disheveled about them.”
Monteiro, who initially produced the shoes for his Spring 2010 lookbook, drew on the same inspirations for his footwear as for his ready-to-wear—a photograph of writer Katherine Anne Porter and pictures taken by New Deal-era fashion photographer George Platt Lynes, who shot society types against the backdrop of abandoned buildings and overgrown yards. “Once the shoes were finished, I liked them so much I figured I might as well see if retailers were interested,” Monteiro says. They were. Stuart & Wright and Satine were among the first shops to pounce. Though Monteiro can’t entirely put his finger on their exact allure: “They don’t make a ton of sense if you look at the elements. Why a zipper, and a wooden heel? Why eyelets?” he muses. “But I think it all comes together in spirit.” We agree.