For those of you who are in the know, you will be able to tell that these are Ivan Crivellaro shoes without even seeing the second pair of shoes. His signature is that unique, his mark is that indelible - literally as you can see below with his herringbone chiselled into the leather. How does he do it? I don't know, that is why you pay him money to make your shoes and you concentrate on doing well whatever you do. And if everyone did this, the world would be better for it.
As for the pair that Ivan made for Le Noeud Papillon, well, nothing but compliments flow whenever they are worn out on a bow tie delivery. In fact, when you stop at the traffic lights and people lower their heads, their natural gravitas is towards your unique shoes, they marvel for 30 seconds, and then you walk on.
You will hear menswear journalists write that the phenomenon of a coloured shoe is relatively recent. You will hear menswear shop owners tell you that fifteen years ago the only colour shoes you could buy were black or brown. I am so glad that heavy fog has been lifted on the manufacturing of shoes and I for one embrace every single bright and fun colour that is starting to appear on the patina / made to measure / bespoke shoe market. I say, in that American kind of way, 'bring it on'.