For those late in the room, Baudoin & Lange was founded by business-school pals Allan Baudoin (a computer scientist and Apple alumni turned shoe-maker) and Bo van Langeveld (a former racing driver turned financier) in 2016, with a view to marrying as art and technology, as well as English shoemaking techniques and French nonchalance-par-excellence, to hand-craft footwear which is as elegant as it is comfortable.
This, the boutique brand’s Sagan Grand Summer collection is made from supple, breathable glove suede (forget those Band-Aid-assisted break-in periods) which, having been meticulously selected by a tannery in Tuscany, has been subject to a secret tanning technique (hence that distinctive sheen and sophisticated finish).
There are three styles to choose between: the Greige loafers are inspired by the contemporary interiors of Saint Germain; the Dark Brown Sagan Grands feature contrast penny stitching for a more pronounced and contemporary accent; the Midnight Navy Sagan Grands are a sporty take on the timeless navy penny loafer with noisette stitching. All pair beautifully with jeans or tailoring, while the latter juxtapose, to stunning affect, with lighter linens.
Hand-stretched for a glove-like fit that moulds around the wearer’s feet, the shoes feature shock-absorbing insoles which . As is the true mark of excellence with any goods made from animal hide, rather than deteriorating, these will become more elegant and appreciated by the owner with age.
As if you needed an excuse to go swan around the Riviera for a late-summer weekend, these are exactly that.
From £490. Available from baudoinlange.com
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