Just as every girl yearns to find a pair of Louboutins in her wardrobe, so should every gentleman set his heart on owning a pair of O’Keeffes.
Blending luxury Italian craftsmanship with Irish heritage, these truly handsome shoes are the epitome of masculine elegance; handmade footwear ‘for the modern, 21st century man who is considered in every aspect, from the curl of his umbrella handle to the crisp cut of a lapel, but never slavish to trends’.
These are not shoes in which one cycles through rush hour, runs for the bus or kicks a football about in the park; when a man slides O’Keeffes onto his feet time truly appears to stand still. ‘Walk in these when you’re feeling fancy,’ Esquire magazine has said.
Handcrafted in small runs by artisans in Italy, O’Keeffes boast a sense of artistry that refuses to bow to the transience of the seasons, be they temporal or fashionable. From their Felix Suede Brogues to their Manach Leather Monk-Strap Shoes and their Algy Leather Boots, these powerful pavement-pacers – most of which come in at around £500 – are effortlessly comfortable and more effortlessly timeless. ‘We will not focus on trends,’ say founder Maud O’Keeffe. ‘We will focus on the longevity of the construction and the understated design. Artisan we may be, but aloof and elitist we are not.’
Look closely and you’ll even spot a Latin crest combined on the two tongues: Forti et Fideli Nihil Difficile. ‘To the brave and faithful, nothing is difficult’.
Be faithful to O’Keeffe, and that might just be true.