Footwear designer, Alejandro Ingelmo, has [no pun intended] followed in his grandfather’s footsteps. His newly-opened 800-square-foot SoHo boutique (51 Wooster St.) juxtaposes his family’s shoemaking lineage with nostalgic black-and-white photos of their factory in Cuba against the designer’s futurist vision. He’s carried on his clan’s craft with artistic ease and quality material obsession. His latest mens sneakers are modern-to-the-max with their metallic soled accents and shiny plastic angular upper’s. But, perhaps the most charming of his upcoming S/S ’11 collection are the wing-tipped desert boots that come in a variety of gray hues and feature a unique, earthy welt-and-thick tread. W.a.n.t!


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