Living in New York City requires shoes that are dressy yet practical. I walk everywhere, so while I am all for a chic shoe, comfort is key. The latest I’ve found that ticks both boxes is my pair of Mystic Suede loafers ($795) by Italian brand Bougeotte, which I discovered in Milan earlier this year. I was won over by the perfect fit and fine craftsmanship of this classic, ever-so-slightly masculine style – and I’ve been wearing them all summer with the black slim-cut trousers that are my standard wardrobe staple.
And how do they fare on the NYC sidewalks? They are incredibly comfortable; structured to lend the foot support, with sturdy soles. I’ll be wearing them in all seasons. They’ve also attracted many compliments for their timelessly chic shape, as well as their rich Blue Octane shade, subtly emblazoned on the back with a golden bee – the brand’s logo.
Bougeotte was launched by Fayina Fridman in 2015 and, alongside its delightful line of flâneur loafers, produces seasonal clothes collections that range from heavy cashmere coats to boldly patterned silk separates. It’s all classic yet utterly cool and contemporary.
This autumn the loafers come in myriad statement-making ensembles – from a houndstooth tweed ($775) to shiny satin ($940); from floral embroidered suede ($1,060) to fur accents ($2,010), as well as ostrich ($1,620) and lizard skins ($2,300) in a variety of hues that add a casual yet eye-catching touch to the traditional work wardrobe. I’m also happy to report that these stylish kicks launched this month in the US, at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.