Maglieriapelle Pamukkale Review: Handcrafted Brogue Shoes Made In Turkey

By Charles-Philippe | Last updated: November 14th, 2018| Categories: Shoes |Tags: | 4 Comments
Maglieriapelle Pamukkale Review: Handcrafted Brogue Shoes Made In Turkey2018-11-14T07:00:23+00:00
Maglieriapelle handmade Pamukkale Brogue Shoes

Following our detailed Maglieriapelle brand overview, the time has come to share our candid thoughts on the shoes that we have tested. After learning about their unique construction methods and tightly knit production team, I was excited to try my first pair.

Being someone who loves rustic and artisanal styles, it made sense for me to begin with their hand-painted Pamukkale brogues.

In this review, you will discover the Maglieriapelle Pamukkale brogue shoes with me while we dive into the following topics:

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Pamukkale Brogue Specifications

Handcrafted in Turkey, Maglieriapelle shoes were founded in Tarik and Gaye Özkan in 2010. All their footwear is produced entirely by hand within a single factory in Istanbul by expert artisans.

All the leather is hand-cut and the construction is achieved using the Opanka stitch, a historical method that predates both the Blake and Goodyear welt. Maglieriapelle’s work also stands out thanks to the rich hand-painted patinas that create a shoe that’s more artwork than footwear.

You can learn more about Maglieriapelle’s history and craftsmen with our comprehensive brand guide.

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Style & Appearance

At first glance, the Pamukkale don’t resemble your typical brogue shoes. Indeed, they stand out from a distance with their lavishly painted finish and unique brush strokes. While this may not be conservative nor to everyone’s taste, they’re certainly memorable.

Until today, I’ve never been particularly fond of painted shoes. However, Maglieriapelle has helped me see this art-form under a new light. The varied pressure of each brush stroke leaves a deep and textured finish that is reminiscent of old wood.

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In addition, the Pamukkale consist of a full brogue design with rich ornementation including a toe medallion as well as pinking and perfing. If these terms sound unfamiliar to you, head to our full brogue guide to learn more.

As for the soles, they are magnificent with a deep red and black painted finish. Visible brass nails decoratively border the outsole and frame the Maglieriapelle logo. Meanwhile, a shank-like ridge descends from the base of the hell up to the flat of the foot.

Maglieriapelle handmade Pamukkale brogue shoe sole detail

Finally, these brogues feature probably one of my favourite details seen on a shoe to date. I’m referring to the stunning tan threaded Opanka stitch that contours the midsole.

Being hand-painted and handmade, each shoe will be unique. Therefore, you can be confident that the shoes you wear are one-of-a-kind.

Fit & Comfort

Maglieriapelle Pamukkale Brogue Shoes In Front Of Castle RuinsFirstly, we did have a few sizing issues with Maglieriapelle’s. However, we were soon put at ease thanks to Umar and his team’s stellar customer service as they swiftly found the right size for us.

Umar, a partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Maglieriapelle, assured us that their footwear is true to size and that they had yet to have any sizing issues from their satisfied customers.

Therefore, if this does on the off-chance happen to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Maglieriapelle as they’ll surely help you find the right size.

As for the comfort of these shoes, they were as to be expected with traditionally-made dress shoes. I found that they were somewhat stiff and not overly comfortable during the first day. However, after some wearing in and using cedar shoe trees to mould their shape, they became quite cosy.

Given that these are shoes that I’ll be reserving for special occasions as you’ll read below, the comfort isn’t necessarily a priority.  Nevertheless, I do want them to be as pleasant as possible!

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Dress Code & Formality

As previously mentioned, this aren’t particularly conservative shoes. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be worn formally!

Overall, these are very versatile shoes that can be worn with a variety of different wardrobes for a range of occasions. Thanks to their distinctive Sprezzatura feel, they can be worn casual on an everyday basis without actually feeling casual.

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Generally, they’ll look their best as business casual footwear at the very least. Consider pairing them with a combination of no-show socks, slim chinos and an open colour shirt.

Maglieriapelle Pamukkale Brogue Shoes In French GardenNevertheless, I’ll be wearing these with business professional attire. Personally, I feel that they really exude the prestige that they merit when worn with a well-cut three-piece suit. With us steadily approaching the colder months, their colours work nicely with the golden colours of autumn.

Meanwhile, they’d also look fantastic during the summer months with lightweight linen. A beige or light grey suit would be a fine choice in this scenario.

However you decide to wear them, I feel that these are truly special and prestigious shoes that are great for special occasions. As such, they won’t be something that I’ll sport everyday but will keep them safely tucked away, ready for flaunting when the opportunity arises.

Presentation & Value For Money

Delivered in an understated black box with gold lettering, the shoes are carefully wrapped in branded orange paper. With every pair, you’ll get a buffing pad as well as a shoe horn as well as a bag.

I’m usually quite complacent with shoe horns. However, I’ve been using them in this case as I want to take good care of these shoes. With regards to the buffing pad, it’s certainly a thoughtful addition.

In fact, I was talking with Maglieriapelle’s Umar on how to look after these shoes. He suggested that the buffing pad will be sufficient on a regular basis. Nevertheless, I should use colourless shoe cream to nourish the leather every now and then.

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Maglieriapelle Pamukkale Brogue Shoes Near FountainThis way the original nuances of the brushstrokes are preserved rather than causing any discolouration with regular polish.

Finally, these are indeed premium shoes and are sold at a premium. You can purchase them directly from Maglieriapelle for $465 USD. While this may seem like a lot, I believe that they’re worth every penny.

I’m not aware of any other brand that produces quality handmade shoes at the same price point. With the painstaking detail and quality of these shoes, they’re truly a labour of love and you’d be hard pressed to find the same for less.

Closing Thoughts

Maglieriapelle Pamukkale Brogue Shoes Walking Up StairsA truly unique and distinguished shoe, the Pamukkale by Maglieriapelle is a wonderful specimen. From the rich brushstrokes to the meticulous detail of the threaded Opanka stitch, these brogues are a veritable expression of artisanal craftsmanship.

Between the name and concept, Maglieriapelle has a strong Italian influence. However, the brand’s identity is distinctively Turkish by having married Occidental and Oriental techniques and aesthetics.

Indeed, the Pamukkale may not be everyone. Nevertheless, if you have an appreciation of authentic craftsmanship and handmade shoemaking, these brogues deserve you undivided attention.

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Reviewed by Charles-Philippe, on .
"A magnificent specimen of artisanal craftsmanship. With its complex construction and rich attention to detail, the Pamukkale brogue by Maglieriapelle is a unique shoe that exudes prestige and luxury."
Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★

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About the Author:

Charles-Philippe is a Franco-Briton who, in forgetting where he parked his time machine, settled down somewhere between Paris and Champagne during the early 21st Century. A cheese, wine, spirits and cigar enthusiast with a penchant for all things vintage, you can find him loitering on Instagram when he isn’t writing for Bespoke Unit.

4 Comments

  1. Mike November 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    My favorite part of the shoe is the nail work on the sole. That’s really neat looking!

    • Charles-Philippe November 16, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Hi Mike,

      Yeah, I absolutely love that nail work. It’s a great little detail and adds a beautiful artisanal touch.

      Best,

      CP

  2. Carlos Alvarez November 28, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I’m usually not a fan but I love the brush strokes on these!

    • Charles-Philippe November 28, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Carlos,

      My thoughts exactly! I’m not usually into hand-painted shoes but Maglieriapelle have given me a change of heart!

      Best,

      CP

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