Bespoke shoes are made for an individual person. This includes both specificity of design and measurement. I make bespoke shoes and boots, tailoring each pair of shoes to the individual who orders them — your shoes are made to your specifications.
I use tracings and measurements of your feet to achieve an accurate fit. All of my custom shoes include an initial leather fit model for you to try on, to determine fit and design details. You need to have someone help you with the measuring and tracing process if you are not local and able to visit my studio (orthopedic clients must visit my studio for measurements and consultation).
My shoes and boots are bespoke in every sense of the word. Overall design, toe shape, heel shape, colors, thread choice: almost anything is possible. Pumps can be made with front platforms to give the height of a higher heel without the pain of increased heel incline. Extra depth for orthotic inserts can be incorporated into the shoes. I have built shoes around AFOs (ankle foot orthoses). Exotic leathers can be part of the overall design.
I currently have a wait list of six months. Securing a spot on the wait list requires a $300 nonrefundable deposit. Contact me for additional information.
I prefer to make appointments for the initial measurements session, fit model try on, and final “real” shoe fitting on Fridays and Saturdays in the afternoons. These days seem to work for most people, and allowing for you to have been “on your feet” for a half day helps me understand any problems with swelling/pain/etc. Email (preferred) or phone to schedule a time to visit the studio.
I offer several different kinds of handmade shoes. Cement/glue construction (see definition below) is a quicker method and my shoes that are cement constructed start at $900. Hand-welted shoes start at $1600. Any shoe or boot can be made by either method, and the look and feel of the footwear will differ. Custom orthopedic shoes (cement/glue) start at $1050.
Construction methods: cement/glue and handsewn/welted:
Cement/glue construction is a method of making lasted shoes. This is fairly common in both womens and mens shoes, and it simply means the method of attaching the sole to the shoe is via a commercial contact cement. Cement/glue construction shoes are fully repairable, and are generally more flexible. They may not last as long as welted construction.
Shoes that are traditionally hand-welted are incredibly strong and long-lasting. A strip of leather (the welt) is sewn to the uppers and insole, and then this welt is sewn to the sole. This process is entirely done by hand, and is commonly seen on mens bespoke shoes, although there is also a tradition of welting womens shoes. I use synthetic thread when I hand-stitch shoes, rather than the more traditional waxed linen thread. I have found that linen thread can rot when it is not properly taken care of, while the synthetic thread is easier to maintain.