Freccia by Riccardo Bestetti
Today I finally received my new oxfords by Riccardo Bestetti. After seeing some of Riccardo’s bespoke work online, I sat dreamily longing for the day when I could afford such luxuries. After spending some substantial amounts of time browsing the internet for pictures of his work, I saw some fantastic RTW models as well.
I actually posted a picture of this model, the Maverick, on my previous tumblr, saying it was the most beautiful shoe I’ve ever seen. Something I very much believe to be true. After doing so, Riccardo sent my an email thanking me for my kind words, saying that it means so much to him when people enjoy his work. And that really sums up my experience with Riccardo, he’s not a business man, he’s an artist and a craftsman. The only thing that matters to him is to make the perfect shoe, and he sure does succeed.
After some correspondence, I decided to order a pair of RTW Maverick oxfords. During the entire process, Riccardo was very helpful and accommodating. Since the sizing is an issue when you’ve never tried a last, Riccardo asked me to take measurements of my feet, as well as a list of well fitting shoes I have, so as to get an idea of the shape and character of my feet. The fit is pretty much spot on for me, the only issue is a bit of a gap on the heel, but that is easily corrected with a pair of heel pads.
This level of service and helpfulness is something I have never encountered for a RTW product before, and only on one occasion for MTO/bespoke. I also got several updates during the process, with pictures of the shoes being made, something that was very exciting for everyone with an appreciation for craftsmanship.
As for the craftsmanship and detailing, they are second to no others I have seen. The first impressions actually rival (and even exceed, but that’s a bit of a risky statement) what I have seen from John Lobb and Edward Green and Santoni FAM. Which is saying a lot for a shoe with a €500 price tag. The narrow waist, the attention to detail, the suppleness of the leather and the amazing finishing almost seem too good to be true.
To summarize, I believe Freccia by Riccardo Bestetti to be the best value shoes I have ever seen, and I cannot recommend them enough to anyone who want a sense of true craftsmanship at a very reasonable price.
A big thank you to Riccardo for making me my dream shoe and giving me a great purchasing experience overall.