A while back, I almost bought a pair of spats. I thought they would look good in a formal setting, paired with my Givenchy midnight blue dinner suit. But alas, it was not to be. Trolling through various shoes stores in London and online stores (from a computer in London), Mr. Porter was able to find me something that was spat-like without being spatty.
These Heschung lace-up boots are a beautiful tan leather but the boot part is a speed-tie canvas, giving you the purity of spats sans ostentation. The soles are a thick and sturdy and, although Heschung is based in Alsace, the boot has been constructed in Norway, my favorite place for herring and soldiers.
The problem with buying shoes online is the inevitable, “does it fit?” I have purchase several excellent pairs of shoes and have fitting problems only twice, but what it does highlight is manufacturer’s wavering sizes. Am I a 42, 43 or 44? Am I a UK8, 9 or 10? The advantage of Mr. Porter is the ability to exchange within 24 hours. The Heschungs, however, are like a perfectly fitted glove. Maybe it’s my foot; maybe it’s Msr. Heschung’s expertise in sizing, but these shoes were comfortable the first time I put them on. My only reservation is the thinness of the leather lacing. It does have a tendency to fall off the speed lacing occasionally. Usually after 4-5 G+Ts.
Hip, Hip, Hooray, Mr. Porter! And Msr. Heschung.