For the spring/summer season, we are very pleased to introduce another variety of our string loafer from Carmina, this time in a lovely mellow snuff brown (”cuero”). Just as with its very appreciated loden green siebling, this is made on Carmina's Uetam loafer last with its elegant almond shape and features lush suede and a beautifully finished, closed-channel leather sole.
Borrowing inspiration from classic loafers, mocs and boat shoes, the string loafer (and its rejuvenated brother, the tassel loafer) is a classic mediterranean casual piece, not too shy to bridge over from rumpled cotton and linens to the greys and navies of warmer season formals. The loden green variety is especially keen on monochromes while the snuff is a beautiful companion with earthy tones.
Made by Carmina in Inca on the Balearic island of Mallorca, the string loafer is an example of Spain's (and especially Mallorca's) rich tradition of shoemaking. Featuring a light Goodyear welted construction, this is a shoe that in many ways shows the history and knowledge of Carmina and its Albaladejo owner family - Mateo Pujadas (grandfather of José “Pepe” Albaladejo Pujadas, the founder of Carmina and still at the helm) was the first Spanish shoemaker to be using Goodyear welting for the construction of shoes. Compared to stout British cousins, the Carmina pieces feature a lighter, neater construction more suitable not only to southern-European climates but also a slightly more elegant shape.
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