French brand IRO was launched in 2002 by two french brothers – Laurent and Arik Bitton – and focused ever since on a vintage rock n’ roll chic style; nowadays this same style is sold by Saint Laurent since Hedi Slimane took the reins as creative director of the fashion house, and many brands are trying to offer a similar clothing trend ( Sandro is one of the best examples ), so I decided to take a shot for suede “vintage rock” boots and Iro seemed the most genuine alternative to Saint Laurent. Anyway, here’s my review, I hope you enjoy the read!
Last month I visited for the first time the Iro Paris boutique here in Rome and they were offering the fall/Winter 2014 items on sale: I was lucky enough to find a pair of Wilo suede boots for 50% off and I immediately bought them since I’ve been searching for beige suede boots for a long time. I’d also highlight that the retail experience was great and the shop employees were polite and advised me usefully.
The Iro Wilo boots came packed in a white box with minimal branding and the item size and material on the side that also contained a white shoe bag. They are made in Spain, and have a beige suede body (you can also find the same model in black leather or black suede on the Iro site) and a brownish leather sole and leather lining. They feel great on feet but be warned, these boots, along the others that I tried in-store, do not fit true to size, and I needed to get one size bigger. After about one month of wear, facilitated by the low number of rainy days, I can certainly assert that the blake stitched outsole is well made, and needed only a couple of days to break in but sometimes, while wearing a thin pair of cotton socks, I could feel the stitching on the insole, typical of the blake construction.
The suede feels smooth to the touch, and has a burnished effect on the toes, giving them a darker shade of brown. The area around the ankle features the same fastening that we find on many Jodhpur boots: there is a suede strap that makes two turns around the ankle and ends up in a brass buckle characterized by an old finish to get a vintage look.
The Iro Paris Wilo boots have a 3 cm stacked leather heel that many people could find too cowboy-ish, but I think they work great with many different casual outfits, especially during spring and summer: you can pair them with a vintage looking indigo or light blue denim or even with a black denim to give off a sharp contrast in terms of color palette, just remember to keep things casual and don’t wear them to formal events.
Overall, I’m really happy with these boots: they fulfilled my desire to have a pair of light suede footwear and they also complement my clothing style and wardrobe. The Iro Wilo boots will surely be the perfect companions in the warmer months to come, I’ll just need to remind myself to take good care of them, don’t wear them when it rains, and buy a suede brush as soon as possible since they are my first shoes made of suede. You can still find them in some sizes on the official Iro Paris website, and also in the two other colorways, black suede Wilo or Black Leather Lowi.
Detail of the strap and the silver buckle.
Stacked leather heel made of 6 different layers.