Enter room. See footwear suspended in chains. Cue intrigue.
Yup, that’s pretty much how things go every season with the talented and illustrious Diego Vanasibarra shoe collection. For AW16, expect to swim in a sea of metal: studes and chains, ropes and handcuffs…no this isn’t a Ludacris song, it’s actually just a tasteful, futuristic take on shoes. And well, we love it.
The collection is aptly named Hoist, and let me tell you that none of Vanassibara’s intricate details nor impeccable tailoring is lost in such a sassy and urban new collection. In fact, his signature wood shoe panels can still be found if you look closely enough, mixed in so perfectly with the metal studding that you’d think silver and wood came from the same plant.
The hottest new thing in the interior design world is mixing wood and metal. People are decorating their homes with both, juxtaposing these two elements to create intrigue and wonder. Mixing wood, leather and metal means mixing soft with hard and rough with smooth. If it works in home, why wouldn’t it work on your feet? And let me assure you, it certainly does work—Hoist gives men a new way to express themselves. Men can be strong and tough, but also soft and vulnerable in a Vanassibara Hoist shoe.
Loafters, oxfords, boots and even casual slip-ons can be found with the metal embellishments and there is a shoe, sandal or boot to properly suit every occasion. Vanassibara pushed the limits with Hoist, and we can’t wait to wear a pair.
Post and photos by Lori Zaino.