Recently I wrote about a pair of custom shoes ordered from Singaporean shoemaker Ed Et Al. They also have a ready-made line coming in at very attractive prices, and just released their second collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Here is a first look at the lookbook and my thoughts on the jaunty footwear.
Time for a quick disclaimer: I have not handled any of these shoes before, so while I can speak to styling, price, etc., I can’t actually tell you how the shoes feel or wear. The limits of living on the other side of the world I guess.
That said, I do like Edwin’s latest collection. The offerings run the gambit from extremely conservative to borderline wild, but all share a certain DNA. Last shapes are for the most part softly chiseled or moderately round. Nothing too extreme, but not blobby either.
On the conservative end, we have the re-release of the Raffles quarter brogue, Shenton short-wing, and Merlion monk. The Merlion has been given a new last, while the others are now offered in a fuller range of colors. You could do much worse than any of these for a standard workhorse shoe.
Then there are the seasonal models. There is the electric blue Marymount slip-on with contrast piping and the Amoy Quee braided tie loafer. The former might look nice with white jeans, while the later is just eccentric enough to garner some attention. I particularly like it in the mustard yellow color, which looks more cognac or tan in the images than “mustard.”
Overall I think the collection is a great sophomore effort from Ed Et Al. Some really great designs and clearly Edwin is pushing himself to do something different from everything else out there. And at these prices, you don’t have to feel too bad about ordering something a little out of the ordinary.
The new models are not on the Ed Et Al website quite yet, but I’m sure that you can get yourself properly shod right away if you shoot them an email or message. They ship internationally, so no worries there.
Check out the full lookbook: