by Stephen Garner

Four separate yet complementary worlds define Santoni’s new spring/summer 2020 collection unveiled this weekend at a special presentation in the enchanting Palazzo Gallarati Scotti in Milan.

This season, Santoni introduces a new patina called “Deepness”, a pictorial process featuring a gradient effect that gradually shifts from the intense tones of the sole, moving upwards to lighter ones in an artistic play of nuances.

Overall the color palette is neutral: white, off-white, sand and tan are the main colorways of the collection, highlighted by blue and vibrant touches of orange.


Desert imagery inspires the “Wild” selection: sandy dunes, bare rocks, a footprint on the barren arena, uncontaminated nature. Derby shoes, loafers, ankle and desert boots in soft nubuck, unlined suede, elk offered in natural shades that range from off-white to sand and brown shades with hand painted leather details.

The brand’s leisure styles this season are inspired by that world of sailing to convey a sense of elegance and lightness that are distinctive of open air and vacation environments. The traditional yacht loafers are accompanied by sneakers featuring ultra-light soles, sandals and espadrilles embellished by handmade details and double buckle. Among the sneakers, the new Gym: slightly retro lines, natural and ultra-flexible rubber sole. Under 1980’s Broadway signs lights, taking dance steps to the rhythm of an electric keyboard, the Gym style celebrates the frenzy of modern urban life.