My thoughts have been turning to autumn shoes. I know, I can hear you clapping your hands over your ears and shouting at me that it’s not even August. But, just, bear with me.
I find myself looking for a very specific pair of boots or shoes these days. I get this picture in my mind, and it drives me crazy when I can’t find it. I have my summer shoe game down (thank you Worishofer and Salt Water) but winter… not quite.
That’s where custom footwear comes in.
It’s hard not to think of beautiful wooden lasts hanging in a panelled cobbler’s shop, all creaky leather ottomans and men in half spectacles and waistcoats when one thinks of bespoke footwear. And if I could afford it, I would be there, in a heartbeat. There is the slightly less expensive version, which are the custom footwear outfits popping up.
No one has your foot moulded and ready to handcraft a pair of shoes, but in this case, you can specify more elements than just your standard shoe size. Multiple calf width for boots, several foot widths, more colour and fabric or leather choices are all hallmarks of custom shoemakers.
Photo credit: Poppy Barley/Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman
A Canadian company that combines fair trade footwear with made-to-measure. They have some truly gorgeous options, and I have been thinking hard over which pair of their boots I’m going to invest in. The beautiful pair above is from their Fall/Winter 2015 line. Poppy Barley
Photo credit: DUO Boots
A more affordable option in the made-to-measure game, DUO offers some chunkier options than the sleek Poppy Barley. If you’ve been searching for a biker boot that fits your muscular calves yet narrow feet, this could solve your problem. DUO
Photo credit: Shoes of Prey
Shoes of Prey
I’ve written about Shoes of Prey before here, but I’ll reiterate. More of a custom design shop than made-to-measure, Shoes of Prey has the best selection of heel heights, shoes shapes, and leather choice I’ve seen. That being said, if you have very tiny or very large feet, they can do it: US sizes from 2.5 to 15 are covered. Shoes of Prey