Sole Man: Sam Valenti
Every Shoe Library needs a Sole Man. To celebrate our new Men’s Shoe Salon, we’ve asked a few gentlemen of New York to take our soles for a spin. We’ll be meeting with one of them each week.
5th/58th: Have you worn O’Keeffe before or even cap-toes?
Sam Valenti: I had not heard of O’Keeffe before, but now they keep popping up everywhere. I have cap toes, from cheapos to real nice ones, but these [O'Keeffe's] are without a doubt the most comfortable out of the box.
5th/58th: Are shoes the first or last thing you consider when getting dressed? In other words, to you dress from the ground up or are shoes more of an after-thought?
SV: Probably last, but when you wear shoes you love, it gives you the most pleasure. That and jackets.
5th/58th: You were very excited about these O’Keefes…where have they taken you so far?
SV: I’ve worn them from NYC to Detroit to San Francisco to LA and back. Also wore them to the rehearsal dinner at the wedding of my drip.fm co-founder with a suit.
5th/58th: You’re always traveling – how does a Sole Man and cultural curator organize his suitcase?
SV: I’d love to be the real organized guy, but I’m the opposite, there is a lot of cramming involved. I bring a Porter weekend bag and a Property Of… backpack pretty much everywhere. I tend to go for things I’m not afraid of getting dirty, it’s just how it is. Pre-approved security like TSA Pre and Clear are a must too. You need not bring a shoe horn with you.
Find O’Keeffe in the Men’s Shoe Library
212 339 3334