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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Walk More Than a Mile In Armando Cabral's Shoes

A selection of Armando Cabral's beautifully-detailed boots, shoes and sneakers
Although you may not know the name, you'll certainly know the face: Armando Cabral is instantly recognizable. The striking Portuguese model's sleek frame, elegant bone structure and flashing smile grace designer advertisements and catalogs (including J. Crew's) around the world. But recently, Cabral took a step in a new direction, and now designs a handsome collection of men's shoes, boots and sneakers.

The model-turned-designer, Armando Cabral
FA2L previewed the Fall 2012 collection several months ago, during New York Fashion Week, and we oohed and aahed over one sample after another. Cabral's styling is masculine, but chic: he uses wonderful details (beautiful leathers, welted soles and quality laces) in artful ways to make upscale versions of basic footwear, including work boots, brogues and high top sneakers. These last were real favorites: they're made of deerskin, with thick rubber soles, and look great in petrol grey.

A festive, candlelit display of Cabral's leather sneakers and boot
Look for Armando Cabral's designs at Odin stores (in New York); Steven Alan (in New York and Los Angeles); and, online, at Mr Porter. It's been said before but we'll say it again: your feet will thank you.

Photographs: top, by Ron Reeves; middle and bottom, by Stéphane Israël