Sole Creators: The shoe fits perfectly when it’s painstakingly custom-made by dedicated artisans

Owning a pair of bespoke shoes can be a transformative experience. They are markers of superior craftsmanship, unmatched comfort and individual style. Unlike mass-produced shoes, bespoke footwear is crafted to your precise measurements, ensuring an impeccable fit that enhances your posture and provides unparalleled comfort. To add to this feeling of pleasure, greater artistry and attention to detail go into making bespoke shoes, resulting in a product that stands out from the crowd while also reflecting your unique personality and taste.

With their exceptional quality and durability, bespoke shoes also offer an investment that will last for years to come. For those who want to put their best foot forward in the future, there are shoemakers in Hong Kong who will meticulously craft a pair to your exact specifications.

Shoe Artistry

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Backed by science and elevated by style, Shoe Artistry’s mission is to make personalised shoes that perfectly fit your feet. For this, it takes multiple measurements of both feet to ensure that even microscopic differences between the left and the right are not overlooked. To further increase the accuracy, the shoemakers employ a special foot-scanning technology called Phits which uses sensors to determine your gait pattern, thus collecting an analysis of the different pressure points formed while you walk. This is then 3D printed into insoles that are unique to your feet. Such avant-garde techniques and painstaking precision to detail not only ensure the finest fit for your bespoke beauties, they also eliminate any orthopaedic pain, regardless of how long you walk.

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After determining all the necessary measurements, the shoemaker assists you in finding the right material. Options are presented within two classifications – either vegetable-tanned leather, which is made by processing animal hide with plant proteins, or vegan leather, which uses plant-based or synthetic materials instead of animal skin.

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Next comes deciding between a Goodyear welt or Blake stitch, the two techniques used to connect the upper leather to the outsoles. In the Goodyear construction, a welt is sewn onto the edges of the upper leather under which the outsole is added, thus allowing for the outsole to be replaced without deconstructing the entire shoe. Inversely, Blake stitching is when the outsole is stitched directly to the midsole. Since the latter option does not have a welt, Blake-stitched shoes are more flexible and have a sleek appearance.

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Once the material and construction of the shoe have been established, the artisan focuses on design choices, funnelling down the preferred colour, texture and other details. Once all the specifications are set, shoes will be made in six to eight weeks. Men’s shoes are priced upwards of HK$11,300, while women’s start at HK$5,300.

To order, call +852 2796 6018, WhatsApp +852 6159 4670 or email

Kow Hoo Shoe Company

A pioneer in local shoemaking, Kow Hoo Shoe Company has its origins in 1920s Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong in 1946, so it might be your first resort for a custom-made pair if you are inclined to support local craftsmen. It is also where famous names like architect I.M. Pei and business magnate Li Ka-shing go for their bespoke shoes.

Owning your very first pair begins with a meeting at their shop in Prince’s Building where the in-house shoemaker gains a better understanding of your foot morphology through fastidious measurements and noting your preferences for design, colour, texture and construction. Once all the required information is gathered, crafting begins at their Quarry Bay workshop where your ideas will come into form.

Devoted to producing shoes that fit your feet like a glove, the shoemakers will first make a trial pair using wooden lasts they have carved from your measurements – Kow Hoo claims to be the only shop in Hong Kong still making wooden lasts for each individual customer. Only after you are 100 per cent satisfied with the trial pair will they start making the actual pair that will become yours. Until then, as many adjustments as you want in terms of fitting and design will be accommodated. Expert cobblers then hand-sew each pair with immense dedication.

As a result of their priority in producing shoes that are exemplary and cherished, the entire process can take up to six months. Pricing starts at HK$18,000, but it is certainly worth the wait and cost. Moreover, after you buy your first pair, your lasts will be stored for at least seven years, thus significantly reducing the length of craftsmanship for subsequent pairs.

To order, visit Kow Hoo Shoe Company, Shop 341, 3/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. Call ahead on +852 2523 0489 for an appointment or email kowhoo@hotmail.


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For those looking beyond Hong Kong for custom-made indulgence, Berluti boasts a history spanning more than 120 years, and its bespoke footwear has become a significant part of the brand identity. The French Maison is renowned for its dedication and finesse; its cobblers spend at least 50 hours and perform more than 250 procedures to create one pair of bespoke shoes.

Your personal shoemaking journey begins at a meeting when measurements are taken and much more – they also want to know about you, so they can craft a pair to match your feet, your lifestyle and your personality. You will also discuss the material, design and other features you would like reflected in your shoes.

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Given that Berluti encourages an innovative mindset, you can broach unique ideas and choose from a wide range of materials, from classic Venezia leather to rarities like bullfrog skin. But if you are oblivious to what might look good, or what is fashionable, the artisan will guide you through the selection process. They will then create hornbeam wood lasts, which at the end of the process are delivered to you in a wooden box along with your personalised pair of shoe trees.

With Berluti crafting all their shoes in Paris, travelling shoemakers will meet clients in different parts of the world, including Hong Kong, so the first step is to request an appointment through the brand’s website. Since there is a high demand for bespoke shoes, the entire detail-oriented process can take about six months. The price tag for a bespoke pair starts at HK$67,000 and can go as high as HK$300,000.

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Personalised Touch: Bespoke services for your wardrobe

Keeping up the tradition of leather crafts, bespoke footwear and luxury bags get a breath of new life courtesy of luxury bag repair experts Stylux and the tech-savvy shoemakers at Shoe Artistry.

Leather specialist Stylux updates restoration services for the modern age

Answering the prayers of today’s connected leather-goods collectors, Stylux is the latest concept of leather-care specialist Anson Pun.

Breathing new life into beloved luxury accessories, the firm has digitised the traditional Spanish leather goods restoration experience and made it compatible with smartphones via mobile apps. Thanks to its door-to-door, all-encompassing approach, clients can receive quotes, place orders and track the progress of their items readily and comfortably through their own smartphones.

Innovatively catering to a new trend in the market, Stylux has instantly garnered wide spread recognition across the city and beyond. Global luxury-brand loyalists appreciate an after-care service that offers an assurance of the highest standard of stringent quality control, while its door-to-door service ensures the convenience and efficiency of the overall experience.

For more info: (852) 3702 6911.

Shoe Artistry keeps alive bespoke footwear tradition for a new generation

Paying homage to the city’s long heritage of shoemaking while breathing new life into the trade is Shoe Artistry, a bespoke footwear workshop set amid the backdrop of popular Hong Kong art and design hub, PMQ.

Deeply rooted in a passion for keeping local artisanal crafts alive, as well as empowering young designers and entrepreneurs, owners Jeff Wan and Kit Lee dropped their careers as creatives to establish Shoe Artistry in 2011. They inherited tools and manpower from one of the last long-standing traditional cobblers in the city, 40-year-old Ming Kee Shoes, before it closed.

Integrating 3D technologies with traditional processes of creating shoe lasts and customised insoles, the expert craftsmen here cater to a wide range of style choices, from classic, contemporary to avant-garde, and leather, colour and finish preferences, resulting in bespoke shoes that perfectly fit each discerning client. Supporting the forward movement of sustainability in fashion, they also have vegan leather on offer for those who prefer a more ethical choice of bespoke footwear.

For more info: (852) 2796 6018.

Right Foot Forward: Where to get bespoke men’s shoes

Bespoke footwear is a craft that provides the most discerning and stylish of gentlemen with made-to-measure shoes that fit the specific style and needs of its wearers. Traditionally hand-crafted from a wooden last that is used to mould an individual’s precise measurements and using only the highest of quality materials, it is a craft and premium service executed by only the most experienced and skilled of artisanal cobblers that ensures each individual’s comfort and unique style. Here are some of the city’s home-grown custom-made shoemakers.


1. Kow Hoo Shoe Company
One of the city’s oldest cobblers uses the traditional method of wooden shoe last to mould the exact fit of its customers’ measurements and Goodyear Welt construction to form a longer-lasting form that makes replacing soles easier to do. They keep customers’ lasts for at least seven years, making new orders (of any style, colour and material) from outside of the city possible.
Price: From HK$17,100
Location: Central
Contact: +852 2523 0489

2.Shoe Artistry
Combining modern technology with the traditional craft of shoemaking, Shoe Artistry designs made-to-order shoes footwear to their customers’ specific style, taste and fit by using 3D printing technology to create insoles to form an exact fit. With 16 styles, eith leather and colour selections, and five different sole constructs (including Goodyear Welt and Blake) on offer, all shoes are hand-stitching with  full leather outsoles and the shop’s signature 3X nail on the outer heels. 
Price: From HK$9,288
Location: Mong Kok
Contact: +852 2796 6018

3.Zee’s Leatherware & Shoes
Ideal for a one-stop custom leather goods shopping spree, their range of made-to-order leather including footwear that veer towards more classical styles such as loafers, oxford, Derbis, monk straps and brogues. The final product is typically completed within a week and can either be picked-up or delivered.
Price: From HK$3,000
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui
Contact: +852 2368 2581

Iconic London shoemaker, Edward Green, to host trunk show in Hong Kong

For shoe lovers, things couldn’t be better! Two of England’s most prestigious and historical shoe brands are coming together for an exclusive event in Hong Kong.
Edward Green, a brand that dates back to 1890s, will hold a trunk show at the Tassels showroom at Landmark on 15 and 16 September.
Fredrik Blindheim of Edward Green will flow in from the brand’s UK headquarters to give guests a sneak preview of what to expect next season, and will also provide guidance to those seeking to have their own bespoke Edward Green shoes.
Edward Green’s expertise lies in creating shoes that are neither too bulky nor too slick. Using the finest-quality leather and hand stitches (where necessary), the brand makes the ideal gentleman’s shoes, at once discreet, elegant and comfortable.
Those with a penchant for sophisticated footwear can grab this opportunity to interact with Fredrik and get to know more about the design ethos of the brand.