Habitues of the internet's clothing forums who have never been in Honolulu know of Leather Soul, Hawaii's leading purveyor of classic shoes for men. In just five years, proprietor Thomas Park has built an international reputation selling Alden, Edward Green, Weston, Gaziano & Girling and, most recently, John Lobb from a jewel box of a shop in Waikiki's Royal Hawaiian Center.
Park's customers overwhelmingly choose Alden but the addition of the Lobb line adds what is surely one of the five most sublime machine made shoes in the world, the Vale monkstrap (center left in the photo), to his offerings. $1,590 including lasted shoe trees. And Park's impeccable service is included with every pair.