Friday, October 14, 2011
Shoe seller Leather Soul in Beverly Hills, California is a small shop, and when you enter it is G. J. Cleverley's shoes that capture your attention. Oh, there is a table of Alden and small displays of other brands, but on the day of my visit it was Anthony Cleverley in the center of the ground floor and Cleverley bespoke and Russian calf accessories upstairs on the balcony.
The display of Cleverley bespoke is definitely worth a detour, particularly for shoe-loving Americans on the left coast who may never have seen the company's stuff during one of its trunk shows. After all, bespoke tailoring and bespoke shoes go together. In the context of the axiom that a man's shoes should be the best he can afford, somewhere between 50 and 100% of whatever he spends on his suit is about the right ratio for his shoes. And though the proportion of suit-wearing men in our society may be small, establishments like Leather Soul are making it easier than it ever has been for men to put well fitted hand made clothing into their wardrobe.