With his combination of craftsmanship, innovation and technical expertise, Paul Andrew looks set to carve himself a place in men’s footwear similar to what he has built in women’s. This second collection for men was far broader than his first, with more than twice as many styles, and there was something for everyone.
Cue classic dress shoes hand-dyed in Italy with a bottle green or burgundy and black patina and derby shapes accentuated with red or Klein blue stitching. For evening, there were Teju lizard- and eel-skin numbers, the likes of which are rarely seen in men’s footwear. Simple sandal styles were given air-injected rubber lug soles, keeping them light and comfortable despite their clunky on-trend look, and there was also a dressy yet original penny loafer sandal. Unlined lace-ups and fringed ankle boots were light enough to wear in summer, while three-tone sneakers were made of a combination of contrasting leather textures that was subtly luxurious, yet relaxed.
For the more outgoing, Andrew offered several shapes in black-and-white calf hair or a blurred floral photo print on silk that the designer said offered a preview of what his women’s collection for spring will look like.