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November 21, 2012

The Dandy Project x Allen Edmonds

It is with great pride that I share with you my most recent collaboration: a pair of shoes I designed with Allen Edmonds, a shoe company with 90 years of rich American heritage.  Allen Edmonds, still based in Port Washington, WI, and still producing everything locally, prides itself in making shoes for the officers of World War II to wear with their dress uniforms and in being the shoes that presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton wore to their inaugurations.  My shoes came to me impeccably finished, and as a testament to their craftsmanship, I wore them out to the East Village for the first time and felt nary a pinch on my feet clad only with thin foot socks.

The Dandy Project X Allen Edmonds shoes: black custom calf with black suede cap-toes with natural tan soles

I wanted to design the perfect black shoe: classic, versatile, subtly unforgettable. I played around with leather swatches and thought that a suede cap-toe would beautifully punctuate a shoe in smooth leather. For a bit of punch, I chose to do the sole in tan, a sole typically reserved for lighter-colored shoes. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

I can see these shoes working as well with a big black coat and relaxed trousers in the dead of winter as they would with a beige seersucker suit in the summer.

tone-on-tone suede cap-toes and a tan leather sole


Thank you, Allen Edmonds, for this wonderful opportunity.  Let’s do the perfect brown shoe soon?

The Dandy Project x Allen Edmonds shoes are available via special order; you can get in touch with Allison Meyer for more information.


  • amo
    November 22nd, 2012 at 1:47 am

    wow very nice pair of shoes


  • mat
    November 22nd, 2012 at 5:04 am

    they are bloody amazing izzy, what a good job and what an opportunity for you. amazing stuff, shoe dandy

  • Patrick Wilson
    November 22nd, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Brilliant design, very beautifully executed!

  • Hannah
    November 22nd, 2012 at 8:34 am


  • Duck
    November 25th, 2012 at 10:10 am


  • David Hall
    December 20th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I would love a pair of the Dandy Project x Allen Edmond in I0.5. How can I obtain a pair?

    Thank you,

  • Izzy
    January 7th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    You can place an order directly through Allen Edmonds!

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