Antique-look leathers and lived-in allure for both classic and sporty styles.

[On cover: fashion show Ermenegildo Zegna and Eleventy shoes]

Calling them vintage makes them sound old and dated, according to Wikipedia’s definition of vintage as “originating from a previous era”, but it also implies something more, underlining the importance an object gradually acquires over time for its uniqueness, ties with the culture of the time in which it was made, and influence on style. Everything that looks lived-in, used and worn is trendy these days, for its ability to suggest an accessory with a soul.

It doesn’t really matter if a pair of shoes was actually made recently and bought new; it has a story to tell even so, about the dedication of the people who made the shoes and those who wear them, and about Italy’s age-old tradition of shoemaking. For men, antique-look, sanded, brushed and chiaroscuro leather is most common in classic styles, from derbies to double monk straps and loafers, but it also contaminates shoes with a plucky, sporty look and thick, solid soles.