I'm generally pretty conservative when it comes to my shoes, as anyone dropping by An Uptown Dandy can probably tell. A nice shade of brown and a little bit of broguing, and I'm sitting pretty in the catbird seat.
But that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate some of the more fashion forward, or "exotic," footwear crafted by some of the well-renowned European craftsmen. Berluti, a French shoe company, has a reputation for using quality leathers and creating unique finishes for their sleek lasts. Some models also include distinct hieroglyphics (for lack of a better term).
Based in Paris in the Rue Marbeuf, the company was founded in 1895 by an Italian, Alessandro Berluti. The firm is currently managed by his descendant, Olga Berluti. While distribution is limited, Berluti footwear is available in the United States at their brick and mortar shop on Madison Avenue in New York City (pictured here), as well as Barneys New York.