Design Study: Utzon Oxford
The most classic shoe in the Perennials range, the Utzon Oxford exudes quiet confidence with its precise lines and considered proportions.
As with other shoes in the Perennials range, the underlying philosophy behind the Utzon was simple: strip out the inessential and balance form with function. To achieve this, we elected to preserve its inherent classicism and to streamline its fundamental shape. The shoe is rounder than the Ito and Yasiin loafers, particularly at the toe, with its more generous proportions softening the overall look for a timeless feel.
When developing the Utzon we paid special attention to the shape of the waist, which we understood was key to modernising the shoe’s design. It was important to us that the waist was clearly defined, that it supported the wearer’s foot, and that it also served as the shoe’s visual fulcrum. The waist’s shape is best seen from the instep. Gently cupping the foot’s arch, the shoe lures the lines downwards and back towards the heel, before diving towards the sole. The result is an Oxford with more shape and dynamism than more conversative designs.
The interplay of these elements produces a shoe that expresses relaxed decorum. When worn with a suit and tie, the shoe functions as the literal and figurative foundation of the outfit, supporting the other elements with its simple balanced form. The idea driving its design: less is more.
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