After the successful response to the previous capsule collection I did with Del Toro not too long ago, I was more than happy to team up with my good friends once again to take on the challenge of reinventing a new take on a classic style. The goal this time around was to ease the transition into the Fall season with a fully re-done chukka. The Ronnie Fieg For Del Toro Cloud Camo Neoprene Chukka says everything in its name. The shoe is comprised of a cloud camo print that’s seen all over and includes a matching black Margom sole beneath for lasting use. Handmade in Italy, the style features a sport lux neoprene upper that we decided to add for year round use and comfort while details include durable calf skin leather lining, strong leather laces and quality gold riri zippers. The Ronnie Fieg For Del Toro Cloud Camo Neoprene Chukka will hit Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com exclusively in very limited quantities for $340 USD on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 11am EST.

See you tonight…

Ronnie Fieg has teamed up with Italian-made brand Del Toro to present two Alto Chukkas and two Basso Wingtip sneakers. The Alto Chukkas come in “Cow Camo” and “Tiger” colorways with full soft pony hair uppers. The shoes feature leather lining, red heel tabs and Ronnie Fieg branding on the insole, both of which sit comfortably on Margom soles. The Ronnie Fieg x Del Toro Basso Wingtip sneakers come in “Blue Leopard” Italian suede and “Leopard” pony hair with brogue detailing throughout. Both also include Ronnie Fieg insole branding and Margom soles. The “Leopard” colorway includes a navy leather panel and a full red leather heel. All styles retail for $340 USD and include “Just Us” and “Del Toro” branding on the soles.

The Ronnie Fieg x Del Toro capsule collection will be available in numbered quantities at Kith Manhattan and online at KithNYC.com starting this Friday, September 7th at 11am EST.

Details coming soon…

Quality footwear brand Del Toro makes its debut at Kith NYC this week. The Spring 2012 Del Toro drop includes new products and re-releases of previously sought after styles. Made in Italy, Del Toro offers a twist on the iconic models such as the velvet slipper, the chukka, the wingtip sneaker and the saddle shoe. The popular velvet slippers from the brand feature red stars and skull & cross bones with natural stacked wooden heels and the recognizable Del Toro bright red lined heel. The Alto chukka returns in all over red suede, cognac suede and perforated navy leather with Margom soles and red heel tabs. The Kith favorite Basso wingtip features full camouflage Italian suede with navy Margom soles, navy stitching and navy suede laces. Finally we present Del Toro’s take on the saddle sneaker, designed with Nappa leather the comfortable shoe offers alternating navy and white color panels. Grab all these styles now at Kith Manhattan and KithNYC.com.

Brand: Del Toro Shoes

Name/Age/Location:
MC: Matthew Chevallard/25/Miami Beach

Favorite shoe brand/favorite apparel brand:
MC: Del Toro Shoes/Tailored Clothing/Brunello Cucinelli/Visvim

What made you want to start the brand?
MC: Seeing a void in the market and a passion for style and fashion. Also not wanting to work for anyone and being responsible for my own fate.

Why are the shoes Made in Italy and what benefit does sourcing internationally provide?
MC: I chose Italy because I am from there and there is no finer product in the world than Made in Italy. Italy makes amazing shoes using the finest leathers and components and offering product from here at an accessible price points gives me a huge leg up in the industry. The comfort and feel of a Made in Italy shoe is hard to replicate anywhere that is an old, old testament that is hard to challenge.

Talk about the different silhouettes you offer.
MC: Our staple is the velvet slipper but we are actively expanding from there. We now offer wingtips, driving shoes, espadrilles, sneakers, and more…All our silhouttes represent classic and timeless silhouttes with an edgier styling of them. That is, an infusion of Italian elegance, American Prep, and NY sneakerhead culture. Above all else, individuality and being unique is what we go for and in making limited edition extremely high end shoes we achieve that.

How do you choose the the fabrics and embroideries for the popular slipper models?
MC: In terms of the fabrics I choose I just look for fabrics that tickle my fancy. I am a huge camo fan so you see a lot of camo all over the place. I stay away from embroideries for the most part and opt for more timeless fabrics to achieve more longevity for the shoes. I try to offer classic yet fresh fabrics.

Talk about the different materials you guys use.
MC: Velvet is our bread and butter, but the better question is what fabrics don’t we use. We use Cashmere, Raffia, Suede, Nappa Leather, Patent leather, Linen Canvas, Silk, Wool, and much more. The versatility of our shoes are unreal and that is something I am extremely proud of.

Explain the custom process you guys offer.
MC: We are extremely flexible in the customization offerings we have. Anything is really possible. Our shoes are supposed to evoke one’s individuality so there is no better way of doing that then choosing a shoe that fits you best. You can go so far as sending us fabrics and or choosing the embroidery you want on the toebox etc..

What trends do you see coming up?
MC: Well to be a leader you have to establish the trends so that is what I go for. All said and done, fashion is extremely cyclical so it all comes back around. What I enjoy doing is plugging and matching different styles to form the collective that becomes Del Toro.