Leave it to the Italians to seriously up the sartorial stakes on the golf course. Esteemed Paris-based shoemaker Berluti is no stranger to crafting sturdy, durable footwear for sports. Torello Berluti, the son of founder Alessandro Berluti, first started making bepoke ski shoes for famous Italian film star Rudolf Valentino in the 1920s. The fashion house soon began receiving orders for polo, hiking and cycling shoes. And for the first time in 119 years since the birth of the company, they have added golf shoes, aptly named the Swing, to their respected repertoire.
True to its repute for dedication to detail, Berluti started building the shoe from ground up, creating an entirely new last suited to the golfer’s foot. It is fondly named St. Andrews, after the Scottish home of golf. Kangaroo leather, well-regarded for its suppleness and strength, is used for the upper. Kangaroo hide has highly uniform fibre bundles, which means that the leather can be sliced more thinly without sacrificing structural integrity, resulting in much greater tensile strength than cowhide.
Marrying high-tech know-how with traditional luxury, Berluti’s outsole is a combination of technical rubber and leather inserts. The intricately brogued shoes also houses a shock-absorbent foam-lined insole, which is further enhanced with a lightweight carbon insert for strength and stability. Fitted with precision-engineered spikes, the sole is its secret to a superior swing. The true versatility of the Swing is the ability for the gentleman to remove the spikes with a special key, allowing him to look elegantly garbed on and off the golf course.
Of course, it is not a Berluti shoe without the brand’s trademark handpainted patina. In dual tone osso and gold or vermillion and indigo denim, it is topped off with a removable fringed lace cover in Venezia leather. Launching this month, the Swing is bound to leave an indelible impression on the green.
Berluti is at 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, #01-13.
Tel: +65 6235 2521.