Classic stuff can benefit from a little twist: Thanksgiving got more fun with deep-fried turkeys, and The Shining was definitely way better with the dude from Wings and limited commercial interruptions! For shoes born of tradition getting a twist, check out Cesare Paciotti.
From an Italian shoe scion who spent his youth studying art and traveling the world before returning home to revamp the family's footwear biz, CP just opened their first Florida location, stocked up with their fall/winter collection of Italian-made dress shoes and boots firmly rooted in the family tradition, but with plentiful dashes of experimentation, which everyone's in favor of as long as both chicks are hot. All shoes're still hand-stitched and have traditionally crafted leather soles, but don't shy away from unique textures and details: one serious-looking dress shoe has lace holes but no laces, and is wrapped by a thin leather belt; there's a suede loafer with daggers (the company symbol) across the top of the foot; and a grouping (a dress shoe, a long-toed loafer, and a more casual penny loafer) all made of calf skin that's rough around the arch, but polished to a high sheen around the toe and ankle -- similar to patent leather, but less susceptible to cracking (of course, it hasn't met Jack Bauer yet). Boots include a clean black number with pleats of leather and elastic around the ankle; a cap-toed affair that's low enough to look like a high-collared dress shoe, with elegant arced stitching along the side; and an earthy boot in chestnut brown, with a wing-tip layer up front that departs from the old school by going light on the perforations, making it difficult for people to cleanly tear your shoes out of notebooks.
Paciotti also constructs more heavy-duty boots, the bulk of which look like what a Hell's Angel would wear horseback riding, and gray or burgundy hoops-inspired low-top sneakers -- a tweak on a classic, where the twist is your ankle.