Buttero AW16 - Pitti Uomo 89 Preview 

As my personal style continues to refine over the years, one of the things I’ve been noticing lately is an underlying relation to more casual, one might even say rugged attires. Despite my love for bespoke and the sophisticated elegance only a suit can portray, I find myself breaking them down even if ever so slightly - in a way, it’s my personal touch on an otherwise stiffer silhouette. This mix of sophistication and ruggedness is definitely something that translates my vision of style, bringing different universes together in an eclectic-european-casual-chic approach. As such, it comes to no surprise that Buttero resonates with me on so many different levels…

The Tuscan-based family-run label delivers a unique blend of modern, elegant styles, heavily marked by unparalleled craftsmanship, that always embody that sophisticated roughness to some extent. Be it on the small details that make its Tanino sneaker one of the most coveted worldwide, such as the brass eyelets and leather laces, or the bulkier lasts of its derbies, oxfords and ankle boots, Buttero has definitely set a trademark identity for itself. It’s in this mix of delicate handmade construction details, with high-end quality leathers and a more casual take on traditional shoe styles, that Buttero manages to shine, perfectly portraying the recent Italian “casual tailoring” movement I’ve come to love.

For AW16, the collection features an array of iterations of the Tanino sneaker, with suede and leather combos, rubberised and high-shine treatments, available on both low and high-top versions, along with a range of superb ankle boots. The latter are in fact the brand’s “pièce de résistance” and the main reason for their global recognition: the evolution of their riding boots now present some of the most superb alternatives in the market which should not be overlooked.

Miguel Amaral Vieira