King Of The Spectator – Barbanera
There is a new Italian shoe company, Barbanera (which means ‘black beard’), that has popped onto the scene (end of 2011) and seems to be making some headway with their lovely rendition of a spectator (co-respondent). Done on a U-cap and in the form of an adelaide, I must say that I find their version to be quite appealing and desirable. According to the owner of the company, they are using mainly goodyear welted construction and top quality leathers, and have already been gaining interest from customers that also wear the likes of EG, John Lobb and among the others. Sounds promising doesn’t it?! And funny enough, one of the owners used to be a musician before branching out and starting his own shoe line. Well….where there is a will, there is a way. And I must say that from the pictures, they seem to be something that deserves respect…..It’s amazing but the more that I receive emails from companies that are new and producing good shoes, the more that I believe that this era of cheap shit product is coming to an end, and that more and more men are starting to understand what makes a good shoe and thus desire it, which means that if a company does not make it, they will be on the way out. It’s a good feeling and I only look forward to learning about more and more new companies following in the path of well made product….
P.S. If I knew the prices, I would write them….