Today the new Swedish initiative The Sabot was launched, an online store with a very interesting selection of shoes. Their own Private Label brand is manufactured by Antonio Meccariello, his Argentum range, Andrés Sendra and also Japanese Yohei Fukuda’s RTW shoes.
The Sabot is founded by Erik Gederberg and Olle Boman from Gothenbug, Sweden, who for a long time worked to prepare this launch. As mentioned before, I have been involved and supported a bit, which should be said for transparency. For those who have not read about them before, the foundation in their offering will consist of their own Private Label shoes, starting with a line made by the Italian Antonio Meccariello, which they worked closely with. The lasts are developed together with Antonio, with a soft square toe and one with more classic round toe now from the start. The model range consists mainly of classic models, with a few more daring lashes, all Goodyear welted. When the shoes were shown to the public for the first time during the London Super Trunk Show in May, many were very impressed with the level of making for the price of of just around €500 (4,800 SEK), they appear to be much more expensive premium shoes, with things like a narrow bevelled waist, closed channel sole, relatively tight cut heel and on several models fine hand-painted finish. In addition to The Sabot models available on the site, a number of loafers are on their way.
In addition to their own range, from Antonio Meccariello they also offer his Argentum Dux series. Shoes made with the so-called Argentum welted construction, where the welt stitch is sewn with machine but directly to the insole (instead of as usual for machine welted shoe in a canvas rib glued to the insole), and with a bit better finish and material than The Sabot’s shoes. These cost around €800 (7,500 SEK).
From Spanish Andrés Sendra you have some lower priced shoes, €320 (2 900 SEK), they offer here a number of basic models, all oxfords.
And then, the new RTW line from the well-known Japanese bespoke shoemaker Yohei Fukuda, has launched after the summer. These are very high level shoes, the material is the same as in Fukuda’s bespoke shoes and they are done in close collaboration with a small workshop in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. These were also shown at the London super trunk, and consensus amongst the visitors was that it is among the finest RTW shoes in the world. It should be, given the high price of over €2 000 (19 500 SEK), including read-out shovels.
Another interesting thing The Sabot has come up with is a super-exclusive travel bag for shoes, handmade in Tokyo in fine leather. The price is a bit over €1,000 (9 600 SEK). For those who already have everything.
In addition to its online store and a spot in Robin Pettersson Tailor’s showroom in Gothenburg, they plan to perform trunk shows in quite many places in the world to make it easier for more people to see and try the shoes they offer. First stop will be the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show in Stockholm September 2.