Nothing says ‘taste’ like a shoe that gives you the last word

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Nothing says ‘taste’ like a shoe that gives you the last word

Six brands that epitomise the luxury of handmade footwear

Nothemba Mkhondo

For the discerning modern man, the craft of traditional, handmade shoemaking and bespoke footwear is the answer to the desire for outstanding quality and individuality.

In the world of handmade shoes, the possibilities are endless: customise footwear to your taste, right down to the stitching and polished finish. Bespoke shoemaking — the top-level, ultimate luxury — allows you to create your own shoes from scratch using a wooden last that has been sculpted according to the exact shape and measurements of your feet, giving you free rein on every design element, from the material to the construction of the sole. Made to order, the next level in personalised luxury allows you to completely customise a collection of styles, using a chosen wooden last and your unique selection of materials and finishes according to your personal taste.

Even though custom, handmade shoes are not easily available in SA, there are a few excellent options to satisfy your desire for top-quality, personalised footwear. If you’re a global traveller, the options are ample, with many luxury brands and shoemakers calling France and Italy home...

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