The Ben Black
The Ben Black
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The Benton is a boot I wore as a staple for probably at least three winters in a row… Until I designed the Chauvin, which was an inch lower in heel height, and then that became my staple... Then I had a baby and wore the Eltons which were flat...
But now I’m back onto a boot with a lift and, for the last two years, have been stomping around Paris in the Cawboy (Cowboy boot) and the Holly Beach (low slung cowboy). I am loving the ease at which a cowboy boot can be worn... At a summer wedding under a beautiful dress by my friend, Arthur Arbesser, cycling stacks of shoes on my cargo bike between locations in Paris, or out and about gallery hopping on a Thursday night (Thursday is traditionally when a new exhibition starts and Paris gallery areas are abuzz with people). It is extremely hard to get it wrong with cowboy boots...
So I combined the Benton, which was a lace-up, with the sole of the cowboy... I removed the laces and added a woven strapping system... Sort of entirely changing it into something new, with all the things I have loved about four different boots combined! And although not a very inventive name, The Ben is a new entity in itself but also the 3rd generation of just the good stuff...!
The Ben in black Italian vegetal tanned calfskin is a deep, inky black. The woven strap is made up of reconstituted, recycled leather. The metal work is solid brass. I have added (not seen in this picture) an extra brass end to the strap... The tongue in this style has been padded for look and comfort and can be worn tucked in and hidden, or aggressively out! 75mm leather stacked cowboy sole and heel unit. Memory foam-lined insole.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PICTURES HERE ARE OF THE FINAL SAMPLE AND, IN THIS CASE, I ADDED A BRASS END TO THE STRAP AS I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE LOOK OF THE UNFINISHED STRAP END.
TRUE TO SIZE. WILL GIVE IN THE WIDTH.