I recently attended the launch event for a pop-up store on Mount Street for Dorraj, a new luxury footwear brand whose founder, Jarrod Grossberg, loves shoes. Like seriously, loves shoes. He owns over 400 pairs, from sneakers to loafers and boots, traditional to high fashion. “Other people buy art,” he says. “I buy shoes. And that’s even if I can’t wear them or they don’t even fit. I just love them as objects. I have a whole room devoted to them, laid out on shelves. That sounds extravagant, but for me going in there is like visiting a gallery. It’s a pleasure. Of course, my friends and family all think I’m mad.” 

luxury smoking slippers

So it was pretty inevitable that the 25-year-old, Sydney-born London College of Fashion graduate would venture into the footwear industry.

The launch of his collection, brand new for Autumn/ Winter 2013, presents a prestige line of Italian-made, hand-crafted shoes in simple, comfortable styles made from the best quality exotic skins.

Dorraj luxury footwear ostrich skin sneakers

The sophisticated, limited edition shoes come in two styles for men and two for women: a timeless, low-heeled, leather-soled smoking slipper in ostrich with metal mesh tassel and a high-top sneaker in suede and ostrich on a slim-line black rubber sole. Both can be dressed up or dressed down and should be on your wishlist, they are mine.