Tonight the Swedish shop Skoaktiebolaget launches its new brand in the lineup, which is Carlos Santos from Portugal. The shop starts with a choice of a number of basic models priced at 2 900 SEK (around €310), and also offers a number of models with a patina service.
Carlos Santos was one of the exhibitors at last year’s Shoegazing Super Trunk Show in Stockholm, and there they made no secret that they were very interested in finding a distributor in Sweden. Now they take it’s place at perhaps the foremost of them all, who also has an online store that is big international. Something that is excellent for Santos that otherwise has relatively few retailers in Europe and the USA (in Japan and a few other Asian countries they are quite big).
Skoaktiebolaget begins with a number of basic models from Carlos Santos own standard collection. It involves, for example, a plain cap toe oxford, a double monk strap and a derby boot, some in a couple of different leathers. The shoes cost 2900 SEK (about €310, not sure about the exact international prices), which means that they are well below Carmina who previously was the least expensive brand at the store. Later this spring, they will receive a number of own models which they have developed together with the label.
In stores now, they also have a derby with three eyelets in twelve different shades, this and six other models can be ordered in crust leather with twelve different patinas for 400 SEK extra (about €50), so 3 300 SEK (€350), with delivery after about a month. This kind of a bit more closed but thus cheaper patina services becoming increasingly common from different brands, and is a great way to offer more flexibility for customers.
The shoes from Carlos Santos is Goodyear welted with open channel soles and a slightly bevelled waist. The leather used is from the major tanneries in France, mainly Du Puy and D’Annonay. I reviewed a model made with the patina service last year, and as I write there this is really good shoes, especially now with the pricing at Skoaktiebolaget.