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August 31, 2011

Ferragamo's Tramezza Shoe Collection

By Candice Chan | Fashion

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Shirts Shoes and skins. Photo courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo.

Leatherheads, start salivating: This month, Salvatore Ferragamo is releasing its special-edition Tramezza footwear collection, made from stained leathers such as alligator and calfskin. What really sets this line apart, though, are the precise 320 steps it takes to handmake these shoes, and the innovative insoles that mold to the imprint of the wearer's foot once exposed to heat. If you want a belt to go with your shoes, the fashion house is also debuting four hand-wrought metal Double Gancino belt buckles that can be mixed and matched with a selection of leathers. But once these special pieces enter your collection, how can you ensure that they'll last a lifetime? Second-generation expert David Mesquita, of the New York fashion flock's go-to accessories care and repair outlet Leather Spa (212-262-4823; leatherspa.com), weighs in:

Protecting. Spray your gear every two to three months with nanotechnology stain protectants. Inclement weather in the forecast? Coat the shoes before stepping out.

Moisturizing. At the first signs of fading or drying, treat your accessories with a leather conditioner to bring them back to life.

Storing. Opt for cedar shoe trees: Cedar helps kill bacteria, which helps stop odors.

Cleaning. Brushing your shoes and wiping them with a cloth after every use removes dust and buildup, and can prevent stains from setting in. Special-edition Tramezza shoes from $1,700; Double Gancini belts from $440. Available at Salvatore Ferragamo stores nationwide starting today. 866-337-7242; ferragamo.com.

Did you know: The Ferragamo family restored an entire Tuscan town—including the family villa—to its medieval splendor

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