—01. Goodyear welted.
The list of long-established footwear companies making incredibly well-built shoes in Europe is so overwhelming, that choosing between the options is a daunting prospect. While it seems like the majority are concentrated in the UK and Italy, there are also a handful of great brands based in France. One such outfit is the Anglo-sounding J.M. Weston, and this suede derby model exhibits expert craftsmanship alongside no-frills styling. With simplicity at its core, the classic lace-up stands as one of the best looking and seemingly under the radar luxury shoes I’ve seen in a long time.