By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography COURTESY OF DEL TORO SHOES
Del Toro Shoes Boutique in Miami, FL
Lust, passion, and desire all come to mind when thinking about the sacred bond between a woman and her pumps. Nowadays, the same can be said about men. Well—of course minus the whole Carrie Bradshaw-esque Manolo Blahnik obsession.
From monk straps to wingtips there are so many styles available upon request. Although men today are taking much more of a hands-on role in their sartorial endeavors, finding one special pair of shoes—or in some cases multiple—can still be an extremely daunting task. As a young man myself, I can say at times shopping for the ideal pair of shoes feels more like being in Africa on safari.
Matthew Chevallard, co-founder and creative director of Del Toro Shoes, has made the hunt for men’s footwear a lot more interesting. Initially founded in 2005 as a men’s line, Del Toro focused solely on providing affordable customized slippers. As the company’s success grew over the years, the label expanded into styles such as sneakers, espadrilles, oxfords, boots, and various other accessories.
The Italian-born creative director not only knows style, but understands quality as well. All Del Toro products are handcrafted out of the most exquisite leathers, suedes, and velvets. Since they’re made with the utmost quality, a pair of Del Toro shoes can last a lifetime if well maintained and treated with care.
Now, the solidified brand supplies the latest in contemporary footwear in styles for both men and women. Since its inception, Del Toro has garnered quite the following amongst celebrities and luminaries of fashion including: Dwayne Wade, Rihanna, Jace Lipstein, and Olivia Palermo due to the business’s exceptional reputation.
In December of 2012, the first official Del Toro Boutique proudly opened its doors in Miami. “I am thrilled for the launch of our first boutique in The Wynwood Building. Miami is home to Del Toro and the evolution of Wynwood is becoming increasingly prevalent with emerging retailers, creative spaces, and restaurants. I look forward to growing with the Wynwood community and Miami’s fashion scene,” shared Chevallard in Del Toro Boutique's official press release.
Del Toro embodies the young, modern man with its eclectic designs, jarring attitude, and the perfect amount of f--k yeah! There is something to be said for a designer—especially as young as Chevallard—with the capability to transform such classic looks, and reinvent them without sacrificing the classic nature of neither the original designs nor his own individuality.
For more on Del Toro Shoes, and where to purchase a fresh pair of kicks check out their website.