Japanese retailer BEAMS‘s International Gallery and Italian boot maker Guidi have teamed up for a striking pair of bespoke, paint-splattered PL1 boots. An Italian leather tannery that’s been in business since 1896, Guidi is known for its incredibly high quality and precise attention to detail. Here, that’s juxtaposed with BEAMS’ flair for dramatic street style to make a boot that combines past and present in equal measures.
Built of oily horse leather, the pitch-black uppers are crafted to show a wonderful patina after years of wear. Yellow, red, green and white paint is applied using a Jackson Pollock-esque “drip” technique, and falls all the way down onto the welted midsole. A heavy-gauge silver zipper and heel tabs aid with easy entry and removal. Comfort is provided by a cork and leather insole that molds to the wearer’s foot. For wearers who want the traditional hardbottom to remain un-scuffed, the boots also arrive with a duo of optional rubber sole units, one of which is made by Vibram.
The BEAMS International Gallery x Guidi PL1 painted boot is available for pre-order now on the BEAMS webstore, and will ship in late August. The MSRP is set at a tax-included price of ¥206,800 JPY (approximately $1,937 USD).
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