Ben Gorham, founder of Byredo
“I buy my formal shoes from Edward Green, the best shoemaker in the world in my opinion. I prefer to wear them without socks. Then I go to Sneakersnstuff in Stockholm for classic Vans slip-ons.” Edward Green, edwardgreen.com. Sneakersnstuff, sneakersnstuff.com.
Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli, head of fabric house Rubelli
“Santoni shoes really represent ‘made in Italy’ to me and are the perfect mix of handcraft and creativity; most of all they’re comfortable to walk in – essential when you live in Venice. I wear Santoni loafers in summer, brogues for formal occasions or something more elaborate when I want to get noticed.” From €350; santonishoes.com.
Hakan Rosenius, artistic director of Asprey
“I always wear distinctive footwear. My shoe cupboard is like a Tardis; I have no idea how many pairs I have. A standout pair is the leopard-print loafers made by Belgian Shoes in New York – they’re bespoke; you can bring your own material.” belgianshoes.com.
Michael Hill, creative director and co-owner of Drake’s
“Paraboot has been making amazing footwear for over a century. I particularly like the Chambord style; they have a certain ruggedness but can be worn with casual tailoring.” From £245; paraboot.com.
Scott Schuman, photographer and founder of The Sartorialist
“I go to Prada for shoes. I love how the brand is so forward-thinking with its design – Miuccia Prada turns things on their head but also keeps styles running for several seasons. I have a brown leather pair that I especially like because they are exaggerated, with a high sole.” prada.com.
Michel Roset, creative director of Ligne Roset
“I’ve got into the habit of buying a new pair of Tod’s nubuck Gommino driving shoes every year. I wear them on holiday in Corsica without socks. I’ve been going for the past 40 years, so my Gomminos know Corsica well.” £340; tods.com.
James Taffin de Givenchy, jeweller
“I’ve got a couple of pairs of Linea di Corsa’s race-car driving sneakers. This Parisian label has redesigned the classic car shoe and made it fun and colourful, and the handstitched details really add to the appeal.” €135; lineadicorsa.com.
Bill Bensley, architect
“My favourite shoes are a bespoke pair I had made by Schuhwerk in Salzburg. I am 6’4” and wear a size 13½ EEEE shoe, so finding things to fit isn’t easy. I had them made in mismatched suede; the right shoe is a combination of blue and orange and the left is in blue and lilac. They make people laugh and that’s my greatest pleasure.” schuhwerk.cc.
Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, senior director of Bulgari’s watch design centre
“Tricker’s on Jermyn Street makes my favourite shoes – Ilkley Country – which I wear in Switzerland, rain or snow; they’re indestructible and iconic.” From £415; trickers.com.
Joseph Walsh, furniture maker and designer
“I always wear brown leather Oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo. Formed from a single piece of leather, they wear well and look beautiful.” From £725; ferragamo.com.