While Salvatore Ferragamo has always been a well-known name for luxury goods (high-end footwear in particular), it has since fallen out of favor with the current market. And though it is a house still in transition, I like how its revival (or rather proper foray into prêt-à-porter) is coming along. If nothing else, I can always look forward to Ferragamo for its expertise in leather goods. There is an old-world quality to their product, heralding back to the days of custom cobbling. The handcraft skill is still unmatched by anything produced on the mass market. And thus ends the somewhat intelligent portion of this review. The shoes for Spring 2013 are seriously lust-worthy so forgive me for the effusive babble that is about to occur.
For one, the thigh high gladiators are utterly glorious if improbably difficult to get into (and out of), let alone to wander around in. Not to mention, it would be near impossible to wear in the actual Spring/Summer season with hot weather. But does any woman honestly care about utilitarianism when met with insanely awesome shoes? Or perhaps it is just me. Because I am experiencing some serious lust over these boots. They totally make the overall look. I have always been a major fan of armor-inspired architectural looks, and, boy, does Massimiliano Giornetti deliver. The overall collection is beautifully constructed, appropriately grand, and sexy as hell. Each look is delightfully tactile; leather, suede, and snakeskin feature heavily, adding a luxe quality to otherwise neatly tailored pieces. Moreover, the textured details reveal the quality of the work. The stitching is superb, which is to be expected of this particular house. Enough to temporarily distract me from the shoes. And if anything, this collection has certainly shown that Ferragamo will be one to watch during the Milan circuit.