Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Truly Luxe Shoe: Made-to-Measure



I love the idea of haute couture ... The beauty of free, artistic hand-made creations that are customized for the individual. In my dream world, I own several pairs of couture-level shoes. Yes, there are brands that will let you customize shoes. However, the number of labels that offer made-to-measure shoes is very limited.

Ferragamo brilliantly developed a "partnership " with the film industry by creating custom shoes for many celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, and Sophia Loren. He personally designed 40 pairs for Marilyn Monroe to wear in many of her films.

The label continues to make casts for the film industry ... Casts have been created for Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Priyanka Chopra.


The designer and his celebrity casts
The designer and his celebrity casts

 

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice
Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice

Nicole Kidman in Australia
Nicole Kidman in Australia

The Cinderella Slipper for Drew Barrymore in Ever After
The Cinderella Slipper created for Drew Barrymore in Ever After


I love that he didn't just stop with his training in shoe making. Ferragamo also studied anatomy ... He was determined to create beautiful shoes that pleased the eye and weren't painful to wear.

You can have this special luxury as well ... Here are a few options...

The Super Luxe Option (in Paris):
  • Christian Louboutin - Yep, this ultra glam brand will create your custom made-to-measure shoes. You just need to make an appointment with the Atelier. Bon Voyage!



The Other Options (Online):
  • Design Italian Shoes - This brand lets you 3D-customize your shoe, then instructs you how to measure the length of your foot for your made-to-measure selection.


  • Charlotte Luxury - Change the color, lining color and heel height of this brand's shoes. Want a different color or something else created just for you? Just contact them. Want it to fit like a glove? Just send them your measurements (length, width and width circumferences). Not sure what you're doing? Watch their step-by-step guide.



Photos courtesy of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum