I first fell in love with Del Toro when I saw a pair of velvet slippers embroidered with weed leaves. A little while later I ended up meeting Matthew through some of our mutual Miami friends and since then I have been hooked on every pair of shoes from Del Toro.
Del Toro is a luxury lifestyle brand based out of Miami, Florida. It was founded in 2005 and originally sought to fill a void in the marketplace for affordable customized velvet slippers. It also started as a mens brand, but Del Toro now produces shoes and accessories for both men and women. Matthew Chevallard, President and Creative Director of the brand, was born in Torino, Italy.
Through this success, the collection evolved to include new styles such as wingtips, chukkas, sneakers, drivers and espadrilles. Del Toro offers a fresh take on classic silhouettes. All the products are hand made on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, and are constructed of the finest Nappa leathers, suede, and velvets. Chevallard insists that his designs cater to “grown up sneakerheads.” He infuses his own personal style into every detail of his designs, which is evident in the unique details and compelling color combinations found in each of the collections.
Inspiration for the brand is drawn from a combination of Matthew’s Italian heritage, a Palm Beach prep aesthetic from his childhood, and topped off with edgy New York and Japanese street style. The Del Toro lifestyle is emulated by the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Miami. Del Toro continues to grow and expand its offerings while maintaining the quality and aesthetics of handmade Italian products.
These Olive Suede Sardegna Sneaker With White Laces are the newest addition to the Del Toro collection in my closet.