I have a new shoe crush: AGL, Attilio Giusti Lembruni, is an Italian shoe designer who does what Italians do best: Well crafted, stylish shoes.
My first pair of Leombruni shoes, bought in Berlin, are classic Oxford lace-ups in mid brown, my everyday go-to shoe for denim, skirts, dresses – casual or smart. New shoes hurt until you wear them in? Not with AGL shoes: The leather is buttery soft and the foot bed a dream to walk in.
I would describe AGL shoes as classic and fuss free (Oxfords, bendy ballet pumps, mid-high and flat sandals) with a feminine and modern twist. My favourites from the current collection are the platform ballerinas in patent leather with espadrille detail and the rainbow couloured patent lace-up collection. The 53 year old company is family owned and run by Attilio’s three granddaughers Vera, Marianna and Sara. Here in London I’ve only found one shop that stocks Attilio shoes so if you happen to know where to buy them in London (did they say it’s a fashion capital??), hit me up!
Leombruni shoes are not the cheapest shoes going around but they are also not overpriced. You get excellent quality for your money. Fashion designer icon Jil Sander, who grew up in war battered Hamburg in the 50s,said that her mum drummed the credo “Too poor to buy cheap” into her. She would pay a slight premium for clothes that would last longer instead of buying bargain basement and having to bin them after a season. I couldn’t agree more with Jil’s mum.