• F.E. Castleberry for Del Toro

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    I have this thing for plaids—tartans specifically—that more closely borderlines an obsession, if I’m being completely honest. Blankets, pillows, and wingback chairs throughout my apartment are all plastered in the Scottish pattern. So when my friends at Del Toro approached me to design a Prince Albert slipper with them, I instinctively turned to the hardy autumnal cloth. Rendered in a variant black watch wool tartan, lined in soft calfskin, and hand crafted in Italy, this slipper easily pairs with everything from gray flannel trousers to your favorite pair of threadbare denim.

    F.E. Castleberry for Del Toro tartan Prince Albert slipper ($325)

    Although my affinity for plaids couldn’t be more timely as bolts of it streamed down the New York runways of Ralph Lauren, Thom Browne, and Marc Jacobs earlier this month, tartan is timeless. Del Toro worked really hard to make this Prince Albert slipper available months before fall is knocking at our doors. But don’t wait too long as only 25 pairs were commissioned.

    Feb 28, 2012 | Permalink (40) Total Comments

    Fameni left a comment on 3/11/2014 at 8:39 PM:

    I’m a big fan of Slipper Shoes and I really love the ones you designed for Del Toro. I’m launching my own brand of slippers and currently looking for an italian firm that can manufacture them. Was thinking that you may have some ideas. Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    Fameni


    MPKlein left a comment on 6/18/2012 at 1:20 AM:

    Did the prices balloon again?


    matthew chevallard left a comment on 4/2/2012 at 9:21 AM:

    one last size 10 left…


    john castleberry left a comment on 3/17/2012 at 1:54 PM:

    Are there any size 10 left?


    Colton J. left a comment on 3/5/2012 at 10:05 PM:

    On a lighter note… I just got my pair in the mail today and they are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. I love the blog by the way. Keep up the great work


    matthew chevallard left a comment on 3/5/2012 at 12:08 PM:

    I completely agree that Spain and Italy are very comparable in quality. Italy however has much stronger cache and therefore has higher standards of quality. It was very important on a branding front to achieve this. We also moved production because I am Italian and it has always been a dream to produce in my birth country. The Italians have also been incredibly helpful in developing new styles and this is the biggest disparity between Spain and Italy. Italy is more of traditional hotbed for shoe design and production vs. Spain. Regardless, snap these up while you still can. All the best.

    Matt from Del Toro


    bucephalus left a comment on 3/2/2012 at 6:22 PM:

    @Castleberry—Italy does not necessarily have the better craftsmen in shoe-making and leather-working than Spain. I am willing to believe, however, that the Del Toro people were able to upgrade the quality of their product more economically in Italy than in Spain.  Ralph Lauren once manufactured its Purple Label suits in England, but eventually moved it to Italy.  This was not because English craftsmanship is inferior to Italian; but because Italian firms are able to deliver faster, at a bigger scale, at a comparable artisanal quality, than English firms.

    On the other hand I’m also pretty cynical about the clothing industry so I’m equally willing to believe the switch was made simply because “made in Italy” has more cachet in US markets, and can command a higher price, than “made in Spain”.

    Castleberry, my second guess would be that you’re half East Asian, but you don’t have a typically Eurasian face.


    AWKeller left a comment on 3/2/2012 at 5:23 PM:

    They look lovely, FEC.  Well done. 

    As for all the talk of birth certificates, can’t that stay at tacky places that bear the Trump name?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/2/2012 at 5:16 PM:

    @bucephalus—I can assure you Del Toro didn’t move their production to Italy simply for the cache. Is it hard to believe Italy might be home to better craftsmen?

    Also…I’m not half Hispanic.


    bucephalus left a comment on 3/2/2012 at 11:53 AM:

    What exactly was wrong with producing in Spain ?  Was it just the cachet of “made in Italy” ?

    And Castleberry doesn’t look Turkish or Iranian at all !  I always assumed he’s half Hispanic.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/1/2012 at 7:13 PM:

    @Barbara—I trust your husband will wear them in good health. He has a hell of a wife in you.


    Barbara left a comment on 3/1/2012 at 6:48 PM:

    These will be on my husband’s feet soon. They are perfect, Fred. Congrats!


    AEV left a comment on 3/1/2012 at 4:03 PM:

    @Weston and Matt - For what it’s worth, I agree with @cam 100% re: socks and formal attire.


    cam left a comment on 3/1/2012 at 1:34 PM:

    @Weston—Traditionally, formal situations call for socks (exception would be a summer wedding IMO).


    Victor left a comment on 3/1/2012 at 1:33 PM:

    @Weston—I believe the sockless look with a tuxedo is overly brash for all circumstances.


    Weston left a comment on 3/1/2012 at 12:56 PM:

    Beautiful shoes!  A more general question about slipper etiquette, if one were to wear black velvet slipper in a formal situation, with a tuxedo, would it be suggested to wear them with or without socks?  I suspect I know how the perennially sockless FE will respond, I’m just wondering if the sockless look with a tuxedo is overly brash for some circumstances?  Thoughts?


    Matt left a comment on 2/29/2012 at 11:47 PM:

    Are there any set rules or protocols for the wearing (or not wearing) of socks with slippers like these? Thanks for comments/advice!


    khordkutta left a comment on 2/29/2012 at 1:41 PM:

    Nicely done FEC, nicely done.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 2/29/2012 at 10:25 AM:

    Great work as usual. I wouldn’t expect anything less.


    Sarah left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 10:24 PM:

    Loving the heated debate in the comment section.

    Anyhow, congratulations are in order the shoes look beyond amazing.


    MGM left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 9:21 PM:

    There are a few clothing items I plan on purchasing in my lifetime:

    (1) Tom Ford suit
    (2) fitted leather bomber jacket
    (3) velvet slippers


    matt left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 7:54 PM:

    I agree, we try to keep it as lean as possible and want to maintain a balance of offering the highest quality product at the most accessible price point possible. It is not an easy balance to find but I am pretty confident we are the most able to accomplish that


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 7:36 PM:

    @matt - thanks for some transparency on the price increase and production methods….great looking shoes regardless


    AEV left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 7:17 PM:

    @Matt - That’s terrific and certainly sets your brand apart. While I’d only wear slippers inside or with a tuxedo, I can appreciate the focus on quality and the ambition behind your products.


    matt left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 7:12 PM:

    All of the materials and components come from the surrounding towns of our factory. We produce all our products by hand off the Adriatic Coast in Italy in the Marche’ region.


    AEV left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 7:04 PM:

    @Matt/Fred - Are the materials themselves Italian made….or, are the materials sourced elsewhere and put together in Italy?


    matt left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 6:53 PM:

    The reason why our prices have risen is because we have significantly improved our offering by producing in Italy and are using finer components in all regards. Moreover, we are now carried by retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Scoop NYC, Webster, American Rag, and more… And unfortunately retailers drive up your prices as you grow as a brand. Unfortunately it is all a nature of the business. Regardless, we are still extremely proud of our offerings considering we are well under $150 lower than a Stubbs shoe which inferior in construction and is made In Spain vs. our product Made in Italy.  Compared to Italian made slippers such as Tom Ford we are an 1/8 of there price, retailing at $1700 at the Webster in Miami. Please email info@deltoroshoes.com for any further questions and I will be glad to help.

    Regards,
    Matt


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 6:41 PM:

    @FEC - according to multiple sources, their original production was in Spain (same factory as Stubbs I think) and the price point was ~$150. I’m sure the newer models are higher quality, but twice as good?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 6:36 PM:

    @Tad Allagash—True, Del Toro’s prices have increased by about $100 but their production is in Italy now as opposed to China/Spain, when their price point was around $195/pair. You’re getting a better crafted slipper now.


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 6:29 PM:

    These are gorgeous, great choice of pattern. I regret not buying a pair of Del Toros earlier since their prices have gone up about $100.


    Jess left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 5:58 PM:

    Wow, these are gorgeous. If they made a pair in women’s sizes I might just have to splurge…


    Ezra left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 5:47 PM:

    Really like the use of plaids here. Been following this site for a while now, really appreciate including VW in your monthly playlists.

    EK


    Trad Dad left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 4:55 PM:

    @ Al—First of all, who really cares?  Secondly, with the dramatic increase in mixed race marriages surnames have less and less correlation with racial backgrounds.

    @FEC—Congratulations, seems like an interesting project.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 4:50 PM:

    @Al—Would you like to see my birth certificate? It’s Frederick Egan Castleberry.


    Al left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 4:38 PM:

    Surely your real name cannot be F.E. Castleberry….you look to be of Turkish or Iranian descent to me.


    Miguel Ramalhao left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 3:49 PM:

    Niceeeee! I’m felling a Ramalhoni shoes & FE Castelberry colab in the works? Would u be game?


    Fredrik left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 3:01 PM:

    Where can I find that beautiful blanket, really want something like that.. Please help me.

    Great blog btw, been following in for a long time now..

    / Fredrik (Sweden)


    TS left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 2:43 PM:

    None for the ladies?


    Andy M. left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 1:49 PM:

    Love ‘em.  Great work Fred.


    krc left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 1:44 PM:

    absolutely gorgeous.


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