What shoes can you wear to a C-suite meeting with your dapper navy suit or with your favorite pair of selvage denim on a night out? A beautiful pair of handmade wingtip shoes… and I believe I have found the perfect pair! Instagram can be a gold mine when it comes to discovering menswear brands and Beckett Simonon has been my latest find.
Beckett Simonon is a small batch, handmade, luxury shoemaker that offers designs from wingtip brogues to double monk strap oxfords with everything in between. When searching the Beckett Simonon Instagram page, I kept coming across the Yates Oxford wingtip and I couldn’t pass them up especially not at the price at which they are offered. $199 marked down from $300, for handmade shoes!
I have been searching for a pair of leather soled wingtip shoes for quite some time that meet my requirements. The Yates Oxford checked off all my shoe design boxes:
- Almond Shaped Toe
- Wingtip Brogue
- Tan Color
- Reasonable Price
- High Quality
Here is the link to the Yates Oxford. I hope you enjoy it in your collection! And be sure to sign up for the Beckett Simonon mailing list, there are discount codes for specific style posted frequently.
So what else is in the box?
Extra laces; Dust Bags; Sole Cushion Inserts; and a Beckett Simonon Booklet
The Science: Next to the craftsmanship of the shoe the deep rich color of the shoes stood out to me. Beckett Simonon uses an aniline dye to stain the full grain calfskin leather that is used in all their leather products. Aniline is a carbon based, synthetic dye used on woods and leathers that offers a deep rich color due to its staining properties. Aniline dyes a produced in powder form and are reconstituted with fluid usually oils to before application. Dyed oils will penetrate and condition the leather better than water-based dyes and deliver long-lasting color-fastening.
The Suave: The Wingtip shoe is a classic menswear design first introduced in England in the early 1900s. The design was derived from the brogue shoe worn by potato farmers in Europe. The decorative holes in the shoe that we dream about now were once functional and were purposed to drain water from the shoe when work on soggy terrain. Since their inception brogue have received an upgrade and incorporated into the winged design. Now you will see wingtipped brogue shoes worn with jeans, suits and even shorts. The wingtipped brogue has extended outside of its historical realm of leather shoes to canvas and synthetic uppers. We are shifting to cooler weather but that does mean its time to pack up your wingtips, lets see how they look with a pair of patterned woolen socks and flannel lined chinos for some unique out-of-the-box style! How do you wear your wingtips?