For those ready to consider footwear beyond made-to-order (MTO) and ready-to-wear shoes (RTW) , made-to-measure (MTM) and bespoke shoes are the next step. The major difference between made-to-measure and bespoke shoes is that MTM shoes are created from a base last. That last is not made from scratch. It was not created to suit your … Continue reading Differences Between MTM and Bespoke Shoes
A few months have passed since I covered Levi's Lot 1. This is a follow-up review of their bespoke service. Levi's bespoke jeans start at $750 or $950 (excluding tax) depending on your customization. During the summer in northern California, I had the opportunity to commission Levi's Lot 1 in San Francisco. I had read … Continue reading Levi’s Lot 1 Bespoke Jeans: Review
Pictured above is the sole of my derby shoe that has reached its demise. And only just after one year of wear. What's wrong with them? The toes have worn out. Almost completely. Shoe heads can also tell that the sole's blind-stitch is exposed. It's the little flap sticking out. I expected that sooner or … Continue reading Quick Tip: Toe Taps
Eyelets are pretty straightforward and uncomplicated, but they do impact the look of your shoe. The number of eyelets you choose should depend on the aesthetic you're aiming for. A Frenchy-type shoe may experiment with one eyelet, maybe two for example. I like to have at least two to three eyelets because one can look … Continue reading How Many Eyelets?
It's a common concern and rightly so. I often see menswear threads fraught with debate about the hefty costs of bespoke. Writers and popular models can often afford bespoke, yet a large margin of avid readers (and the general population) cannot. It's a nice reality check and one I commiserate with. Really, unless you make … Continue reading The Cost of Bespoke
There are actually more options than you'd think. Quality waxed cotton laces are best for dress shoes. You can choose your length, color, and style (i.e. flat or round laces). Some laces have special metal tips, which I appreciate. For professional dress shoes, try matching your shoelaces to your shoe color. Contrasting laces are better … Continue reading What Shoelaces Do I Need?
Readers can find part one here "Getting it right" for bespoke shoes is more important because of the cost (not to mention bespoke shoes also live forever). It's less harm to screw up buying a cheap pair of shoes because it didn't cost thousands of dollars. If you blunder with a bespoke purchase, you'll probably … Continue reading 5 Tips for Bespoke Shoes (Pt 2)
Clients may have very different experiences with makers. Some rave about their experiences while others face a torrent of issues. I would rate artisans based on these factors: 1) Fit - perhaps the most important. Even if you had perfect service, the end product should suit your comfort and meet your needs. The tailor/shoemaker must … Continue reading How to Rate Artisans?
When I tell people how much bespoke shoes cost ($3,000 and upwards) they usually balk in surprise. Many outright vow never to spend that much on a pair of shoes as they fail to see the value. I will sincerely try and outline these values and leave readers to decide for themselves. Healthy feet. Bespoke … Continue reading Why Bespoke Shoes Are Worth It
Some of you might be wondering why I've moved on from MTM trousers to foreign bespoke. I mainly wanted the expertise and guidance of a tailor who would cut my trousers in-house. I also appreciate hand finishing on trousers. The trousers are £465, excluding 15% import duties. It's cheaper than bespoke entirely made in London. … Continue reading Whitcomb and Shaftesbury: Foreign-Bespoke Trouser Consultation