Mr. Beautiful Shoes feat. Bill White

April 27th, 2011

I thought I knew a lot about men’s shoes, and then I met Bill White of Scarpe di Bianco.

Bill, a refined gentleman, fellow Canadian and all-around great guy has been manufacturing handmade luxury footwear outside of Naples since 2009 and already has some of the finest shoes on the market.

The best part is, if you visit his NYC showroom you can design your own custom pair by choosing from over 50 leather/suede/exotic swatches and combining any of the details found on the 60+ pairs on display (broguing styles, medallions, burnishing gradients, sole compositions, welt constructions, fabric blocking etc).

I am officially addicted and in the process of designing my 7th pair. Although nobody, of course, has a larger collection than Bill himself.

So we followed him for a week last month to get a taste of what a real shoeman has on his feet.



    “Texture in Context. These loafers in finely stamped calf skin are a perfect example of how pebble grain is not only for old-school advocates, but can be brought up-to-date with a little help from a lighter tone contrasted with dark burnishing on the toes.”

    Bonus Tip: A monochramatic look always let’s you draw a little attention to some rich footwear.

    Bonus Tip II: Grey & brown, as I’ve been preaching. I think we’ve established that charcoal and chocolate works (and is relatively easy), here Bill takes it up another level with light heather and cognac.



    “To Suede or Not to Suede? I like to follow in the footsteps of the Prince of Wales who was first seen sporting a pair of suede (also called reverse calf) shoes to an International Polo match in the USA in 1924. Although he gave up the throne for a divorcee with a checkered reputation, he is still renowned for having been an extremely dapper dresser.”

    Bonus Tip: As you’ve heard me say before, brown suits are underrated, versatile, and neutral – not to mention a great way to stand out from the usual crowd of blue and grey. Make it flannel and throw some chalkstripes on it? Now that’s a bossy suit!

    Bonus Tip II: Leave the skinny ties and tiny lapels for the hipsters and kids, a refined man looks more appropriate in substantial proportions (not a rule just a guideline, as always). As Bill jokes: “The more money you make, the fatter your tie, haha…Eh?”

    • Brown flannel chalkstripe suit by d’Avenza
    • Navy flannel tie
    • White poplin shirt by d’Avenza
    • Brown suede shoes by Scarpe di Bianco



    “There will be Blood. This loafer with heavy broguing has a strong profile, even more so in burnished Anima or ““Blood” in Italian. This shoe provides perfect balance when combined with a uniform made up of a navy blazer and grey trousers.”

    Bonus Tip: Try looking at this picture/outfit from the ankles up, without the shoes in the screen. Now scroll down and look at the entire photo including the shoes. Bang! Now that’s the right shoe selection.

    Bonus Tip II: Another good example of a classic/neutral base (light grey trouser, white shirt, navy blazer, navy tie) as a clean canvas for a rich shoe.

    Bonus Tip III: Don’t hide them, show them off – a shorter inseam and 2″ cuff is the perfect reverse-pedastal for a beautiful piece of footwear.



    “They say the Devil is in the details. This whole cut has a Reverse Stitch (also called a Ghost Stitch) cap toe that sets it apart from a typical oxford cap. It is understated, except to those in the know, making it perfect for a serious suit.”

    Bonus Tip: There are a million shades of “brown”, so why go with the same old chocolate? This pair has an interesting green tint that sets them apart. They say you can tell alot about a man by  looking at his shoes – these tell me that this man knows his sh-t.

    Bonus Tip II: Custom handmade Italian boots might not make you a better man, but they sure as hell make you feel like one.



    “Double Up or Double Down. Monk straps can be used to make a serious suit less so, or give a casual combination an upgrade. Lighter colors aren’t just for those with a real ““Pair” but anyone interested in showing they put a little thought into their wardrobes.”

    Bonus Tip: Spring is here, perfect time to break out those white jeans. A tan/light brown shoe is the ideal color for them.

    • White poplin shirt by d’Avenza
    • Houndstooth blazer by d’Avenza
    • White pocket square
    • White denim jeans by d’Avenza
    • Brown double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco

    Thanks for reading and special thanks to Bill for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.


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    • Anonymous

      Shoes are too pimped out! I’ll go the Edward Green route.
      Just my opinion: the pushed up jack arms look is too Kanye! very nouvo phony looking, not sophisticated.

    • Mr. Pracci

      My God – complete perfection in every look! Shoes absolutely make the man…all men should acknowledge this. Shoes are an investment – spend the money on high quality shoes and you will NEVER regret it. Women will notice and you will feel like a million bucks. And, by the way, the black belt with the lighter caramel monk staps does go together and is amazing. Since these shoes are 2 tone, the darker hues towards the toe and the welt make the combination of the belt and shoes perfection. Keep up the amazing work!

    • The Shoe Snob

      Dan, I love the shoe style that you designed, I would have never thought about it myself, but it fits into the feeling of some of the stuff that I have being designing myself. I look forward to seeing your other designs being put into production.

      All the best,

      Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

    • G

      Its why u mustnt wear a black belt…with brown shoes. Its horrible.

    • G

      Match our shoes with the belt is A MUST.
      He forgot it obviously…

      • SB

        Disagree. Not a MUST…as long as they’re in the same family…heck, sometimes it looks better when they’re complimentary rather than matchy too.


        • G

          Nope! When u wear BLACK shoes, u MUST wear a black belt, period.
          By knowing that…u shouldnt wear black shoes in not a formal suit or…late @nite. (“;)
          Codes exist. Its why u must know them to b able to play…with them.

          • SB

            I agree about black..but nobody’s wearing black shoes here

    • Sam

      I imagine with my measly salary I wouldn’t be able to buy one pair of these shoes. It would be nice to see an entry on cheaper clothes where you don’t have to be wealthy to shop at these stores.

    • MattM

      What is the cost for the bespoke option?

    • S.

      My god these shoes… god I think you should put a disclaimer along the lines of (not for the jealous type). Man I wish I had more than one AE pair of loafers and one Alden Cap-Toe Oxfords! Urgh!

    • Leonardo

      I’m having a heart attack here! The boots are to die for! All the shoes are amazing and i want a pair of each…


    • Arsene

      Shoe porn at it’s best!

    • New Yawk

      I often am afraid to venture it into too many different shades of leather for fear of a lack of matching belt. Do you ever encounter this issue? If so, how do you address it? Thanks – another great post.

      • Evan

        Im with New Yawk.

        I tend to want to stay with the basic shades of leather. All the burnishing touches to the toes and odd shades are a little too flashy for myself.

    • Elijah B.


      This is by far one of the best post I have seen in a long time, I met Bill last year at an event in the city and will definitely be working on a boot project with him soon.

      Great Post!!!

    • Identity

      Your shit is just awesome.

    • Filip

      Stop tucking in your pants in your shoes. It doesn’t look good.

      • Anonymous

        @ Filip, speak for yourself.

    • Maurice

      Awesome shoes! Never have to worry about wearing the same shoes as some other guy.

    • Carter

      Love the collaboration. This is one of those posts that makes you say to yourself…”I gotta get my stuff together.” Keep up the good strong work!
      Be Well

    • Tony

      I like the Wednesday outfit

    • TO

      Yours might be the dopest ones… totally unique
      Great enlightning post!

    • L33tminion

      I like the shoes in that last picture. Reminds me of the lapels of a tuxedo.




    • Parris

      love the wednesday outfit

    • dish

      Dang, those shoes are intense. That leftmost chukka in the second to the last picture is crazy.

      I had one question though: how do you go about picking the right belt for such adventurously colored shoes? (Surely you can’t go beltless all the time.)

    • cam

      dan, these shoes are really nice but i’m a little suprised you would like the look of some of these. i really like the new SB Daily feature…keep it up!

    • Vadims

      Really beautiful footwear.