Make or break the outfit: Shoes, hot styles and tips
Denver's go-to shoe boutique, Scarpaletto in Larimer Square
July 25, 2012 | 12:00 am
(Updated: February 25, 2013 | 12:57 pm)
As we all know, shoes have that special power to either make or break an outfit. That’s why Denver guys – the fashion-savvy set, anyway – shop at Scarpaletto on Larimer Square for unique, high-quality footwear. You’ll not only find more than 165 styles of men’s shoes imported from Italy, Spain and Mexico, but you’ll also find VIP service from owners Phil and Ilene Vivinetto. (Don’t fret ladies; there are more than 200 styles for you). Some of the brands include Allen Edmonds, Frye and CYDWOQ (pronounced sidewalk).
The company also offers exclusive designs that can’t be found elsewhere, so you can be sure to find something that fits your foot as well as your personality. “We believe in always being fully stocked; because we are a fashion store we are quick to rotate our styles,” Ilene says. “Our customer always wants to see freshness in the latest design, so that is what we offer. The shoe industry really has only two seasons, and we are able to draw that out a bit by designing and having our vendors make exclusive shoes for our shop.”
Here, Ilene gives us the scoop on the hottest shoe trends for men, as well as some ideas on what to avoid. She also fills us in on the five shoes that will get the job done for every fashion calling.
Strap ’em on:
While the squared-toe shoe may have been all the rage a few years back, today’s myriad toe shapes include round, French and classic – the choice is up to you.
The wing-tip brogue shoe is a wardrobe must-have, but don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on a pair of Brunello Cucinelli’s.
Get Up and Go! Or Not
Athletic leisure shoes (typically trainers that are a cross between shoes and sneakers) are very popular for those looking for comfort and instant street-cred.
Ace the Laces
Well-heeled business professionals are going to meetings in high-quality, lace-up shoes.
A great boot can work in any season, and with any fashionable way of dress.
Better to go Barefoot:
Don’t go the Cheap Route
It’s quality over quantity when it comes to shoes. “A good pair of shoes may not always come cheap, but they will outlast an inexpensive shoe many times over,” Ilene says. “My husband’s favorite quote is, ‘Buying expensive is always cheaper.’”
Shoes complete the outfit. Head-to-toe fashion doesn’t stop at the ankle.
Skip the Stinky Sneakers
Shoes are an expression of your style and how you care for yourself. If you want to make a good impression, then avoid the urge to throw on your dirty sneakers to run to the store.
Flip-Flops are a Flop
Plain and simple–it’s in the name.
Safe Choices are Boring
Shoes are a great way to show some of your personal style. Step out of your comfort zone and try something different.
These are the best way to polish off your suited look.
Invest in a good-looking pair that you can wear with jeans for a night of fun.
No, not your father’s pair of loafers. Opt for something colorful or striped for a casual look on the weekends or while out to dinner with friends.
Athletic Leisure Shoes
Choose a smart pair that work well with jeans, khakis or even a pair of shorts. “This is the shoe you will live in,” Ilene says.
Add in a pair of blue shoes or red loafers–something that sets you apart from the crowd and
can become your signature fun shoe.
Scarpaletto is located at 1436 Larimer St. For more info, visit http://scarpaletto.com or call (303) 321.5771.