Looking for the right pair of shoes can be a stressful, overwhelming, and time-consuming process. There are tons of shoe stores, plus the plethora of options available online. There's also the question of what size shoe you should get – not to forget that each brand's sizes differ all so slightly, yet at times rather inconveniently. Whatever your preference, there are tons of options that come in different styles and materials. How do you know which is the best shoe? What if you didn't have to look? With bespoke footwear, you can literally manifest a pair of shoes that is a perfect fit for you and will meet all your desires and needs and can last for a lifetime as they can be resoled when necessary.
Beyond the ability to personally dictate every detail of your shoes and their capacity to last for a long time due to their durability, bespoke, handcrafted shoes are often more luxurious, comfortable, and stylish than mass-manufactured shoes. You'll get a high-quality product that skilled artisans have made from scratch based on your specifications. Because of their high customizability, bespoke, handmade shoes may even be able to accommodate a variety of different health challenges of the lower limbs and feet. When you consider all of these advantages, it isn't easy to find a reason not to opt for bespoke shoes instead of mass-manufactured shoes.
As we can see, building a custom pair of shoes is an investment in your health and happiness. It's a commitment to creating something that will stand the test of time, be versatile, and best of all, be made out of your creativity and by the hands of some of the best craftsman in the industry, which you can rest assured find at The Last Shoemaker. When you buy a shoe from a store, you are essentially purchasing a product that is likely to fall apart quickly and be wearable for only a brief period and may not even be comfortable. Often, after buying your new pair of shoes, they will cease being your favorite item and be replaced with another product that may or may not be better.
Apart from bespoke shoes, The Last Shoemaker also offers a line of minimalist shoes (sometimes referred to as barefoot shoes). They have incorporated into their designs all of the factors that caused public interest in barefoot shoes to spike over the years, such as zero-drop, a wider toe box, breathable and natural materials. The Last Shoemaker has creatively conjured a collection of incredibly stylish and unique bespoke, minimalist dress shoes. With this, they have etched their name into the history books as some of the first to provide minimalist barefoot shoes with the style and class of bespoke handcrafted shoes. If you are not yet familiar with the terminologies, zero-drop means that the shoe's heel is unraised. The unraised heel allows the foot to remain in a natural and healthy position when standing or walking. It brings the wearer closer to the ground, providing a feeling similar to that of walking barefoot. Secondly, The "wide toe box" refers to the broader front part of the shoe, compared to conventional shoes. This wider toe box allows for natural splaying of the toes and optimal bone placement, which will support a better overall posture throughout your whole body when combined with the zero-drop feature. Finally, the natural materials used also provide a more relaxed state of the feet which further contributes to better overall postural health.
On the other side of the spectrum, conventional shoes are designed simply for style, not for the optimal position of the human foot. This emphasis on style over functionality has led to increased injuries among athletes and running enthusiasts and an overall degrading of the human gait. Besides injuries, the narrow toe box of conventional shoes adds extra pressure on the toes, thus increasing the occurrence of ingrown toenails. If you want to avoid these counterintuitive designs, an excellent place to start would be to walk barefoot in your own home or opt for barefoot-style shoes. As mentioned before, if you are searching for the providential benefits of barefoot shoes, but with the classy style of handmade bespoke shoes, look no further and book an appointment with The Last Shoemaker. If you are interested in the science behind barefoot minimalist shoes, please refer to our blog section, where you will find an article titled "The Science Behind Minimalist Shoes."