It’s fair to say that I’m a sole man. You can never underestimate the effect of a good pair of shoes, the right pair can turn your jeans into smart wear and complement your favourite suit, the shoe separates the men from the boys and can be the pièce de résistance of your ensemble.
You can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this little site -http://www.itailor.com/designshoes/
A company that offers custom shoes in a variety of styles for under £100? Seems too good to be true, I know, but I dug a little deeper and did some research. The itailor brand has been in the tailoring business for over 40 years. They have one of the largest tailoring factories in the business offering a variety of different products. Because they have no shop or storefront there is no middle man, so the goods go directly to you cutting the costs.
So I took the plunge and went onto their website. With my best foot forward (no pun intended) I started to design my shoe with the 3D designer. It is very easy and straight forward to use (if not a little addictive) and you can customise down to the detail of contrasting materials, the colour inside the shoe, laces and monograms. From the range of choices I finally decided upon deep red sheep leather with contrasting red suede. Not the most subtle choice I’m sure you will agree, but certainly fun and eye-catching. The measuring process was quick and easy, with some explanatory videos to help, leaving me with just the 5 to 6 week wait it takes for production and delivery.
The day came and my shoes arrived. The neat brown shoe box stood before me and I lifted the lid in excited trepidation. I was teased further as each of my shoes was in their own individual fabric travel bag (which is a very handy and great addition). I opened the bag and I was instantly hit by the intoxicating smell of new leather. Is there anywhere else you can get that fresh leather smell ? Perhaps in some of the more specialist shops in Soho’s backstreets, but I digress. When I could see my smile reflecting in the buff red toes caps of my new shoes I knew I was on to a winner. Stylistically they are exactly as I ordered and imagined, right down to the discreet monogram on the inside.
Now on to the important thing - the fit. Many times I have been punished when buying a new pair of stylish shoes by weeks of having to break them, followed by pinches, aches and blisters. Here that was not the case. I can honestly say this is only the second pair of shoes I have bought that has been perfectly comfortable out of the box – as they should, seeing they were custom made for my own precious slabs of meat. I wore them for the whole evening the following day whilst out for a night on the town, they felt light and flexible throughout, without a single problem, well I say without a problem, I would occasionally have to stop and take a loving look at my new shoes.
To summarize if you want to put your own stamp of individuality into your shoes and get a stylish pair that fits like a glove (or in this case shoe) then you will be hard pushed to find better value for money than itailor, and I look forward to trying their other products in the future.