Quality footwear should be one of the most important investments of a man's wardrobe.  Shirts and ties are nice, but great shoes can make an otherwise ordinary outfit an extraordinary one. In the world of fine footwear there are several names synonymous with craftsmanship, quality, style, and beauty.  Here are a few in no particular order of importance.  Whether they be custom made or ready-to-wear, we should all be so fortunate to own a pair.1. Berluti - The family-owned French bootmaker has been in existence since 1895.  The house prides itself on its bespoke offerings and top notch service.  Home to the only female men's shoemaker in the world one will find bench made whole cuts and wingtips with a high gloss patina and a rommy toe box.
Berluti

2. Alden - An American custom shoemaker founded in 1884.  Offering a large selection of oxfords, brogues, and slip-ons, Alden is famous for their work with shell cordovan-- a rare leather made from horse hide and widely regarded as the best leather for shoemaking.

Alden

3. Allen Edmonds - Another American offering established in the early 1920's.  They are famous for their corking technique which allows the insole to conform to the wearer's foot and fit like a glove.  Edmonds is also known for their two-toned spectator offerings in various colors.

Allen Edmonds

4. Church's- An English bench made shoemaker with a rich history dating back to 1873. Church's still uses the nearly indestructible Goodyear Welting technique which takes up to 8 weeks to create.  Although based in style and not fashion; Church's strives to stay abreast of several color and fitting options for the trendy shopper.

Church's

5. John Lobb - A New York city bootmaker offering both ready to wear and made to measure options John Lobb takes up to 300 steps to create a quality handmade shoe from measurement to fitting.  They even have thier own color called John Lobb brown--a mixture of burgundy and black.

John Lobb

These are just some of the many well-made and internationally respected handmade and ready-to-wear men's shoe makers.  A man with any of these offerings in his closet is well on his way to sartorial success.

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