If you've ever checked out Brooks Brothers' Peal & Co. Collection you have probably seen this image:
As far as I can tell this unique number is no longer in production, which is a shame when you consider just how fly they are. The lacing system, tassels, broguing and plaid tongue really set this baby off and I've been curious about finding a similar shoe for a very, very long time. You can only imagine my surprise when I was on the Paul Stuart website and came across their Byron model.
While this shoe doesn't have the plaid detailing of the BB shoe (you can look at this as a positive considering it yields a more year round friendly shoe) it is almost identical in all other aesthetic aspects. A little research will tell you that Paul Stuart's shoes are made by Grenson and not Peal & Co. so whether or not this shoe is guilty of aping I will leave up to you. Regardless of all the politics that may or may not be at work, I'm seriously digging these.
The ubiquity of the wingtip is both a good and bad thing. While it's great that guys are actually starting to care about what's on their feet (square toe shoes are the sartorial equivalent of the zombie apocalypse), it's also annoying to walk down the street and see 5 guys wearing pretty much the same pair of shoes. Luckily with enough digging around shoes, like the Byron, with unique detailing pop up ever now and again. If anything is for certain it's that standing out isn't cheap and these beauts will run you just under $700. From what I've read about the quality of Paul Stuart's shoes this seems half way "reasonable" and since there isn't an alternative as far as I've seen (cough, get on it Brooks, cough) you really don't have a choice - well, besides just lusting of course.