Some of the most revered craftsmen in menswear today are the artisans behind bespoke suits and shoes. The process of custom-creating garments to a customer’s exact specifications can be rigorous and labor-intensive, but the result is an impeccably made, one-of-a-kind piece. Founded as a side project by Michael Rollig while he was working as a shoe designer in Vienna in the 1980’s, St. Crispin’s was named after the patron saint of shoemakers. Today, it is a renowned maker of bespoke shoes produced in Siebenburgen, Romania. All of St. Crispin’s shoes are made-to-measure by hand tools and hand-powered machines, giving them a certain Old World charm. Customers can choose from leather sourced to St. Crispin’s by over 50 tanneries worldwide for their shoes, ranging in style from brogues, to ankle boots and loafers. After a series of measurements, the St. Crispin’s team makes a “personal last,” or the wooden form unique to each customer around which the shoe is constructed. From there, a trial shoe is built to check for fit, and then the expert shoemakers are on there way. Approximately 46 hours of work later, the bespoke shoe is ready to be worn and admired. If that weren’t enough, St. Crispin’s also assures customers that “any unusual request can be fulfilled.” They also have a great Pret collection, which definitely deserves a look. See for yourself at St. Crispin’s.
See some of their bespoke creations after the jump.