Let this be my homage to Raf—when I saw him with teary face and hands forming a heart at his last curtain call for Jil Sander, I remembered those chain derby shoes he sent down the men’s runway for Spring 2012 and thought I’d recreate them for my dear readers. The lovely folks at Giorgio Brutini were kind enough to send me a pair of their standard cap-toe oxfords (the same ones used at the Tim Hamilton Redux Fall 2012 show): vaguely clowny, with a slightly upturned round toe cap much like Augustas, but rubber-soled and infinitely more affordable.
Raf Simons did the chain shoes in many different iterations: partially chained in gold, chained flat all around the outsole in silver, chained upright all round a pebbled leather shoe.
I decided to do the first; the cap toe on the shoes I have will help define the chain detail, and really, I don’t want to be walking around the city with chains trailing my feet after having come off at the sides, which are highly likely to bend and cause the chain to snap off. Here’s what I used:
You see, Raf, much as I love you, I just couldn’t bear to spend fifteen hundred dollars on a pair of shoes I can DIY in fifteen minutes.