An exceptional showcase of the maison’s time-tested ingenuity and precious savoir faire demonstrated by two highlights from Hermès’ Autumn/Winter 2021 shoe offerings.
Beneath the buzz of new-season women’s shoes, remarkable touches that are a hat tip to Hermès’ equestrian-steeped artisanal craftsmanship elevate modern sensibilities. Immaculate braiding circa the ’70s is just the accent to make these so-now silhouettes so sensational.
The maison revisits its roots and takes a new look at one of its emblematic signatures, the Roulis buckle, rejuvenated with elegant aged gold finish on glossy red goatskin.
Applied by hand in a consistently precise gesture, the discipline and rigour of saddle-stitching is a revered art. Here, the contrast stitching enclosing dyed edges on the boots expresses discreet luxury through pure lines and Hermès-synonymous hues. Yet, the refinement also speaks volumes in celebrating the beauty of leather.
The maison’s new men’s shoes strike a playful tone as Hermès gets the best out of contrasting styles. An unexpected credit card-sized side pocket lends the Defence hiking boot an urban edge, amplified with sumptuous suede calfskin and a new sole in leather and notched rubber.
Outdoorsy mountain boots get a haute sportif tilt via the zing of orange or white. Apart from the uppers in leather or suede calfskin, the maison’s update features a combination of materials and details, such as metal hooks, shearling lining or rubber flatform soles that add textural interest. This white model below is also available in women’s sizes.
This story first appeared in the October 2021 issue of Prestige Singapore.