Like a great Summer Suit, there’s something about a pair of sturdy and versatile wingtip boots in the fall. Most have character to burn, and they can be dressed up with many of the rough textures we’ll see once the weather turns cooler. Our search for the best affordable wingtip boots is on, and feel free to send in suggestions via styleip.
These boots aren’t any of those things.
The DSW website is way off the mark concerning color and feel. The “smoke” color looks almost black online, but it’s a grapeish grey in person. The product details claim these have a “slightly distressed leather upper” yet they’re smooth as glass. The uppers are so smooth that they feel like a patent leather / rubber hybrid more than a supple forgiving leather. They almost look they were carved from galoshes. Breath-ability has to be next to zero.
They are made in Italy and Mike Konos is certainly a brand to keep an eye on, but these boots are way too much like a bad boob job. Too taut, too plastic, and too expensive.