Although historians disagree on the actual location, it most likely existed somewhere in the narrow region at the southeast corner of the Caspian Sea, through which Alexander the Great once marched in the pursuit of Bessus, the self-proclaimed king of Persia. Alexander chased his enemy to a pass between two peaks in the Caucasus near the Caspian Sea, and with the aid of his men, was able to close the pass preventing the uncivilized barbarians from pillaging the peaceful southern lands.
Inspired by antique banking shoes, John drew up designs for a simple brogue with two-toned buttery Italian leathers*. Using 19th century traditional methods, the classic Caspian shoes feature leather soles, leather heel lifts, and a timeless almond toe shape with brogue detailing. Legend has it that on stormy winter nights, one can hear the ghost of Bessus clanging on the gates of the Netherworld, demanding the return of his kingdom.
*The black & off-white colourway features an aged, marbled-beige leather with slight irregularities, making each pair unique.