We might have taken some liberty with how the saying goes, but any dapper gentleman worth his collection of oxfords will attest to the merits of the made-to-order service when it comes to footwear. On the hunt for a pair of midnight-blue oxford brogues to match that pair of sand-hued chinos? The pursuit of happiness is short-lived when all the shelves have to offer are midnight-blue derbies. The struggle is real.
Here are three brands that will give you your footwear fix with their made-to-order service:
1. Ed Et Al
Known for their reasonable price points and classic designs, Singaporean label Ed Et Al has come a long way since starting out in 2010. The man behind the label, Edwin Neo, has an apprenticeship program with Master Shoemaker Marcell Mrsan under his belt, and the brand has gained a loyal following amongst menswear aficionados over the years. Ed Et Al offers three different tiers of customization: By Request (made-to-order), Prestige (semi-bespoke), and Bespoke. Entry level customisation begins with their By Request service, and you'll be able to pick from existing designs they produce. Free reign then comes in with colour and material, as well as details such as broguing and gimping.
2. Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo has launched a made-to-order service for the classic driving shoe. Offering 100 permutations for the upper body, sole construct and the hallmark Gancio metal hardware, Ferragamo makes a strong case for customisation with 100 reasons as to why your driving shoes should not be purchased off-the-rack, starting now. Personalised lettering options also available.
3. Saint Crispin's
Hailing from Vienna, footwear artisans Saint Crispin's have landed on our shores. The brand brings with it its made-to-order service (bespoke available too) that allows colour, leather, and sole construction customisation, as well as finer details such as sole monogramming and metal toe plates. The plus point of their service? A combination of models is allowed, which means that your futile search for the perfect pair of shoes ends here.