Recommendations for low-hassle, low(er)-cost bespoke men's shoes.
July 31, 2014 9:39 AM Subscribe
Does anyone have recommendations for a bespoke shoemaker who charges a fair price and will work mail-order to the US? I'm looking for boring, business-casual men's shoes, e.g. split- and moc-toe derbies and undecorated penny loafers made from durable low-maintenance leathers in black and burgundy.
posted by eotvos to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
After spending decades struggling to find shoes that fit, I've finally conceded that I'm probably a good candidate for custom shoes. (My heel is comfortable in a 3E width but the ball of my foot is far wider, and my arches are absolutely flat and perfectly happy being that way.) Among the shoemakers with websites, it's nearly impossible to tell which ones are reasonable and which ones require $5K/pair and two trips to London. Forums dedicated to bespoke shoes are full of woo and anachronistic fetishists who care about things that don't matter to me. I'll take all the cost-saving measures and modern materials I can get, so long as the shoe fits.
Extra points if they do business in Chicago. Half points for Los Angeles or San Francisco. I'm also keen to hear about ready-to-wear options with extra-extra-wide toeboxes, though I've already exhausted the styles available from Allen Edmonds, Florsheim, Bass, Propet, Hush Puppies, Nunn Bush, Aetrex, and New Balance, and tried pretty much everything Zappos and ShoeBuy have to offer.