An urban shoe that takes the opposite approach, yes, of the all-plastic sneaker style, to which we are accustomed; made of calf leather. Lined in leather and mounted on a light rubber sole with a running type notched edge whose finesse will reinforce the feeling of contact with the ground, an invitation to enjoy the present moment, says Masamitsu Hata, their creator.
This shoe is designed and made in the workshop of La Manufacture in Montjean-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire), it is the embodiment of the French know-how emphasized by the signature “Made in France” clearly visible on the upperside.
Timothée White Loix* sneakers.
Because we do not always walk barefoot and few of us really fly, the question of what we put on – those objects that with courage, distinction, and if possible without fail, carry us more than we wear them, sneakers, moccasins, oxfords, derbies, boots – is crucial. For a Japanese designer who spent six years at Berluti, working not only on shoes but also on knitwear alongside Alessandro Sartori and Haider Ackerman, creating a French shoe brand is no different than using specific French know-how, as it is practiced with excellence in Anjou, in Cholet, for the connoisseurs. It is not a question, for Timothée’s creators, of reinventing the shoe, but of incarnating it, as it is the case to say, in the best leathers and shapes, in current and personal beauty, the one that built itself by some miracle in Masamitsu Hata’s mind.
And Timothée, in all this? Timothée! Timothée? It is the pressing voice of a woman; mother, governess, lover, that Masa regularly hears from her Parisian apartment-workshop,” Pierre Rivière confides to me. Since then, Timothée has gained his independence, he walks the streets of Paris, day and night, in search of new adventures, always impeccably equipped with shoes, even when he goes boating, in Arcachon. Timothee has a thousand faces and a thousand bodies, he sometimes borrows those of François Alu, first dancer at the Paris Opera ballet.
*Have you ever been to Loix? The Loix sneakers are named after a beach on the Ile de Ré, named by order of Charles V in 1372, according to our friend Wiki.