It’s not too difficult to find a decent pair of shoes if you can afford them, but if you’re looking for something to really set you apart from the crowd and enhance your style, then you might want to consider getting a custom pair. Not only do custom shoes fit your feet much better than mass-produced footwear, but they’re handcrafted by someone who has dedicated their life to the pursuit of perfecting their craft. The level of excellence and aesthetic design of the works of a master craftsman like these will have you rethinking your entire concept of elegant footwear.
Check out these extravagant custom shoemakers from around the world:
- Since 1895, this Parisian bespoke shoemaker has a long legacy of innovation and collaboration with elite clientele. One of the designs in the House’s Permanent Collection was actually designed in partnership with Andy Warhol. Perhaps you have some interesting thoughts and ideas that this legendary shoemaker could help bring to life. If not, have no fear, they have plenty of absolutely stunning designs to build from and customize the perfect pair to make sure you really stand out from the crowd.
- Crockett & Jones
- This family owned shoemaker has been around since 1879 and has its roots in pre-war England and the sophistication and grandeur of their craft is absolutely legendary. The storied history involves everything from making boots for World War I to servicing the Royal Family. You can tell you’ve found the right place when you’re able to purchase shoes literally fit for a King, so of course Crockett & Jones gets the Mens Crown stamp of approval.
- Stefano Bemer
- We all know there are quite a few world-class designers in Italy, but when it comes to the finest boots and loafers from the region, our choice is easily Stefano Bemer Firenze. The company was founded by its namesake in 1983 with a solitary, albeit daunting, goal of creating the perfect Italian shoe. The house works with many different exotic skins and leathers, such as shark, hippopotamus, ostrich, and alligator to name a few. Stefano Bemer has shops in New York and Florence, which has the added benefit of giving you an excuse to spend some time in one of the world’s greatest cities while getting fitted.