I think shoes are generally one of the first things you notice when you meet a person
They say a lot about you, so for me itâ€™s really important to wear something special and to make a good impression.
We decided to create a luxury footwear brand when we noticed there was a gap in the market for the type of shoe we were looking for â€“ something classic, with a twist. Iâ€™m inspired by so many things in my daily life, but Iâ€™d say primarily by travelling, art, music, cinema and Italian tradition.
My two favourite styles have to be boots and the classic slip-on loafer. During the winter I prefer to wear a boot, I think they go with almost everything and are perfect for the cold weather. Of course, an elegant evening shoe is timeless and something I wear for special soirÃ©e all year round.
I think there has been a real explosion in the menâ€™s accessories world in the last 5 years. There are so many options â€“ bags, shoes, hats, wallets, tech, even jewellery â€“ that have not always been part of a manâ€™s wardrobe. Men are definitely becoming more and more meticulous aesthetes and own more of everything.
For me, elegance will remain the key element of future menswear collections, itâ€™s important to continue to develop the perfect balance between original design, timeless elegance and top-quality materials.
Louis Leeman, along with Erica Pelosini, runs LOUIS LEEMAN Paris, making high quality footwear for fashion-conscious men around the world.Â