4 of New York’s most exclusive custom shoe shops
Nothing compliments an elegant piece of clothing more than a well crafted pair of shoes. The perfect pair of shoes can mean the difference between a fashion disaster and a glamor filled night out. When it comes to shoes, nothing exudes luxury class and wealth more than an exquisite custom made pair of shoes. A good custom pair of shoes can take anywhere from a few months to over an year to make. Custom shoes are designed to be durable, well fitted, light and comfortable. With New York being a world renown luxury shopping destination, it offers several high end custom shoe boutiques;
Located in the west village Leffot exclusively designs and sells shoes for men. Leffot has a very unique layout for a boutique, on entering the store there is a polished dining table which serves as the display area Surrounding the dining table are several white chairs and ottomans. Customers can choose to buy from the stores high end collection with brands such as Edward Green, Pierre Corthay, Gaziano & Girling and Alden or make a custom order. The store’s owner Steven Taffel offers customers several custom designs with choices in customizations ranging from shoe color to the type of leather to use.
E Vogel is a family owned business which was started by Egidius Vogel, an immigrant, in 1879 out of Chinatown. Now run by his great grandson the company has grown from its humble beginnings into one of the leading dealers in high end luxury shoes. Originally a boot maker the company today makes numerous kinds of shoes from loafers and boots to golf shoes. When a customer walks into the store to make a custom order a file on the customer is opened, and this is followed by a set of questions to determine the details of the shoe the customer wants. After all the details have been established 16 well trained craftsmen begin work on the shoe. An order takes about 10 to 12 weeks to complete with each pair of shoe having its very own unique finishing touches.
Alice Alan is a New York based custom luxury shoe store started by Alice Chen, an MBA and former American express executive, in 2008. Alice the luxury store owner found that it was exceedingly hard to find shoes for women which were both stylish and comfortable to wear. Alice Alan shoes are designed with the aim of making elegant shoes for women which are also comfortable to wear. The shoes are made with the best available leather which is handpicked by the stores craftsmen. A lot of emphasis is placed on engineering shoes with ergonomic properties which guarantee maximum comfort and exquisite style. Alice Alan shoes are tailored with the wearer’s happiness at heart something that is hard to come by in many luxury shoe brands for women.
Since the company was established in the 1920s Allen Edmonds, has been catering to gentlemen with superb taste in shoes. Allen Edmonds goes to considerable lengths to create leather shoes for men that are as comfortable as sneakers and last as long as boots. An Allen Edmond shoe can last up to fifteen years with the store offering repair services to customers with worn out shoes. A lot of craftsmanship goes into making any custom Allen Edmond shoes with the whole process being completed by a single artisan from start to finish. This ensures consistency in the quality of the shoes, also offered in the store are leather belts suitcases and wallets.