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How Bespoke Italian Leather Shoes Are Made

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In a small workshop in Florence, Saskia Wittmer crafts leather shoes that are as unique as each customer. MADE is a series of simple, lovely short films that demonstrate how everyday luxury objects are created. Video by Leila Hussain.
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African Boss (1 day ago)
Italian mafia $ 4,100 ? You fucking kidding. No-wonder the Chinese are winning
Rama Ohara (10 days ago)
I really want custom that fit perfectly and measured exactly as my feet. But, a $4100 price tag is like 10 months average salary in my country. And it still considered lucky because many, many, many more made a lot less than that every year.
Simple Me (11 days ago)
i wish , i can visit these ladies in Florence and let make me a pair of that artwork !!!
rye sim (16 days ago)
Its lovely that they used a black model i was shocked super surprised
Pasquale Tartaglia (16 days ago)
mine are made in china ,wore them 5,or 6 times in the last 4 years ,they look brand new ,,italiens shoes spend a lot of time in the closets too ,so they always look new..100 dollars chinese shoes,4000 from italy ,you can,t wear them every day ,months after months ,even steel wears off after time.
sgfreak96 (17 days ago)
Bespoke shoes are worth it, if you value craftsmanship and consider the 3 weeks of care gone into these. I once forgot dress shoes on a trip and had to run to a nearby TJ Maxx to buy $30 dress shoes. By the end of the day, after walking around NYC, the heels and achilles area of my feet were bleeding and my feet were unbelievably sore. You might be able to buy shoes that look similar to this for cheap, but they will never ever last as long or be as comfortable.
Matthew Chang (17 days ago)
I love leather shoes.
moderndudeman (19 days ago)
MAGNIFICENT Creation!! I always love arts and craftsmanship. In our modern world where everything is automated and synthetic, it's worth every penny to invest on a pair of handmade genuine leather shoes that which takes 3 weeks to make and not 3 hours.
Htotha Hizzie (22 days ago)
These are the type of shoes that people SHOULD be spending money on. These are HANDMADE shoes. You can't get better than that. People spend THOUSANDS of dollars on just "name" brand shoes that are worth nothing compared to these such as Gucci, Jimmy, Prada. Saskia are TRULY worth buying shoes.
Teringventje (22 days ago)
Im not Italian, but there is nothing better than Italian craftmanship and design.
Katherine Uribe (24 days ago)
Not real bespoke. Real bespoke starts with wood, not cork added.
Dah Butter Asian (27 days ago)
People always stand on my leather shoes to ruin the shine. But I always whoop them cuz they don’t realise it ruins the leather and lots more.
Eric Cartman (1 month ago)
THESE ARE NOT BESPOKE!!!!!!!! Bespokes would start with a mold made for just your foot, not an existing last that is modified to your foot. What they are doing here is made to measure where they start with an existing pattern and modify it. If this shop is telling customers they are bespoke they should be shut down.
mrsingh (1 month ago)
legends wear that
vinod jain (1 month ago)
aoxilus (1 month ago)
for the ass lickers of these shoes listen, these are not worth the price especially considering that you can get better shoes for less money, yes better! as an example you can get work boots for couple hundred and they will last a hike , daily city use, rain, mood, etc etc I bet these poodles can't. Are they beautiful maybe to some, are they worth the $4100, I don't think so, it does not matterthat it took them 3 weeks is not my problem they have not discovered chain/mass production, so the everyone should charge more for finding complicated nonsense methods of fabrication think!
Jeffrey Weston (1 month ago)
Gavin Cheng (1 month ago)
$4000 for 3 weeks of extraordinary craftsmanship, reasonable offer.
Elizabeth Prost (1 month ago)
Absolutely exquisite. I’d kill to go work for her
sjobang (1 month ago)
LOL! This is far from top notch. Just look at the wrinkeled upper, and the finish of the heel, at 5:32 ... The leather stretches in the wrong direction and the layers of the heel should not be laminated using nails and contact glue, but using wooden plugs and adhesive made from rye flour (sorry, I don't know the english name for it) wich makes for a much nicer finish. Also the egdes of the leather on the uppers should not be raw cut, like we see e.g. at 5:18. They should be trimmed down, neatly folded inwards, before the different parts of the upper is sewn together. There are so many things that are not up to standards in this video that I could write an essay about it, though I leave it with this.
Six-245 (1 month ago)
I could masturbate to this video.
Nymeria73 (1 month ago)
I like to spend money on two things, when it comes to "fashion": shoes and winter coats. Yes, they are more expensive but they last much, much longer. So, in the end the price is worth it. I still have shoes and coats from 10 years ago, and they still look like they were bought a couple of months ago. As my grandfather used to say: "I'm not rich to buy cheap." lol
Yusuf Sanad (1 month ago)
For those who complain about the price Lol guys open your own costume leather dress shoes and make that money instead of complaining And This talor was leveled max which she can make legendary type of shoes so its make sense for her to sell them for this price
Joshbond (1 month ago)
Whats the music at the start and end??? Pls help :)
Fun_Point (1 month ago)
now a days not many people listen...
Chandra shaker (1 month ago)
I have 9 pair of shoes and I never get enough of it.
Miftahul Hayat Koto (1 month ago)
Gambit Baboon (1 month ago)
anantha ramayya (1 month ago)
really machines are created for this purpose to reduce human work
Kamote Tops (2 months ago)
Hmm Bespoke.. I want a Dress shoes with a comfort of a Walking shoes.
Zedi gan (2 months ago)
Crazy expensive, but worth every penny. Hand made to fit, quality materials and expert craftsmanship. Well crafted, handmade objects like these can last a lifetime.
Jai Singh (2 months ago)
इंडिया इज नो चॉइस इन दा लेदर शूज
Prem Ramesh Jethmalani (2 months ago)
Wonderful Art, I always Love watching The Art of Shoe Making, and especially handmade ones, hats off to the people who still use this art. cheers
Tsk T (2 months ago)
Expensive walk it would be. So expensive I have to consider buying flying in air only to avoid damage to my brand new made in Italy shoe. We should never buy things more than we require. Instead buy a cheap one and donate a dollar a month to help poor. The feeling is awesome then wearing such an idiotic expensive shoe.
nautor (2 months ago)
Most of shoes like this are made in Romania only the movie and advertising is made in Italy. If Bloomberg realy want to do press investigation not advertising I know some companies in Timisoara, Oradea, etc were big brands exploit de workers.
The Ting (1 month ago)
nautor That's not the case for small family manufacters jesus christ! I live in Milan i know these people don't assume things if i actually live there
nautor (1 month ago)
probably you have never been in their factories located in Romania, how cheap they produce, how they exploit local people, and eat their advertising propaganda without thinking.
The Ting (1 month ago)
Probably you don't know what local italian manufacters are. They are mostly family businesses which make this job since dozens if not hundreds of years in Italy. The price is also high because they use italian labor and taxes in Italy are high because of the high income.
Suraj Kumar (2 months ago)
Really nice.. Madam.. Could you please make shoes for me
ezday (2 months ago)
Mary Gallardo (2 months ago)
Nirmal Kumar (2 months ago)
One pair order from Nepal. How will you measure my foot. Is it possible or shall I come there. How long it remains..
J C (2 months ago)
its not bespoke..its made to measure.... she didnt make the last..she modified it
Neo Birtha (2 months ago)
Such an outdated "technology" and waste of time and money. End product looks the same as mass-produced shoes. You are better off wearing a brand new shoe every week and feel comfortable owning them instead of owning one very expensive shoes and worried about taking care of it for many years
claudiuloko 1 (2 months ago)
This is not true bespoke , real bespoke creates a last for every individual customer . This is made to fit by adding on an existing last . Small thing but very important in the nomenclature .
iLoveLeatherNYC (2 months ago)
As someone who has made shoes she worked EXTREMELY hard on these. Her execution, technique and craftsmanship is exquisite. I love she is teaching this craft and has won the respect of those around her - - they didn't make it easy for her and that made her better.
J. Russel (2 months ago)
It has been my dream to become an artisan. This video is another inspiration for me toto train well andas land in right job. Very inspiring.
IROKLIFE (2 months ago)
In case you're wondering: 2800-4000$ US. Depending on what you'll want. Brogue, leather type, etc. (Possibly speed of turnover..be ready to wait a possible year...to 3...just as with a great tattoo or anything else, great , that is still a handcraft).
The Village Ahead (2 months ago)
This isn’t bespoke. Bespoke starts w a block of wood. These people are starting with a last and trimming it.
Srikanth V (2 months ago)
They spend 3 weeks on a single pair. Such a lazy ass. In China, they make 3 pairs a day.
21whichiswhich (2 months ago)
She has the most beautiful eyes.
Anthony M (2 months ago)
Great to see a woman in an industry that is all too often dominated by men.
Skrodor (3 months ago)
Why would they cost any less, the amount of work and craftsmanship put into these shoes is unparalle compared to shoes made in factories.
Eddy M (3 months ago)
I think the Italian shoes are the best in the world.
The Ting (1 month ago)
Actually they are, while you can surely have different opinions on suits, ties etc, since the brits make some incredible quality suits too, the shoes are indisputed italian ground.
Zoes Dada (3 months ago)
I still don't understand the process of making the last to the right measurements.
addicz2 (3 months ago)
Their slowness is expensive
maybudha (3 months ago)
민윤기 (3 months ago)
if my man doesn't wear these shoes then what's even the point
หน่วย Ranger (3 months ago)
*-what an inspiration-*
Greg Pappas (3 months ago)
Real leather is so unnecessary to use these days
eddie cayenne (3 months ago)
So how much is a pair of shoes like that?
Lasmiranda Dennsiewillja (3 months ago)
Female german shoemaker = find the mistake!
sachin sakri (3 months ago)
4100$ .... i can buy a small car in india!!
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GIVONELLI (3 months ago)
Very, very expensive to be listen for this dame...
jthepickle7 (3 months ago)
Not having $4k to spend on the perfect fitting shoe I learned to make my own.  Now, 5 pairs later and spending about $500 on tools, lasts and leather, I get that indescribable feeling of wearing that $4k shoe...for about $100 per pair, in materials + 3 weeks work.Watching shoemaking videos in preparation of making my sixth pair. I can do it, you can too!
PULISSARIO (3 months ago)
high-grade and cute
Jasper DiLincoln (3 months ago)
That's the way a true shoe is to be made
Mayur Baliga (3 months ago)
Now this is real handmade shoes 👍👍👍👌👌
Tem ter mesmo valor agregado só quem aprende na real sabe valor que tem fazer este tipo trabalho que aqui no Brasil está se extinguindo eu faço este tipo serviço desde criança
Oliver (3 months ago)
That’s worth 4100$ three week work
Kevin Beltran (3 months ago)
All that money yet nobody taught him how to tie his laces correctly. I was pretty triggered tbh.
TVStealer (3 months ago)
Did she do the voice for Maz Kanata?
Triple Ace (3 months ago)
If I come to Florence I'm going to request you to make a shoe for me.
Dody Suratman (3 months ago)
Bespoke shoes are like fine mechanical watches, they cannot be measured with their price-tags. These are the few things in life that I definitely spend big bucks without hesitation if I could afford them.
Ruman Ahmed Khadem (3 months ago)
Respect for you my dear. It's beautiful to see someone doing something in such an artistic way.
NDK0 (3 months ago)
Aww and he ties it in a very bad way
andres gonzalez (3 months ago)
Love ❤️
S Almanza (4 months ago)
Funny, says Italian made but there's an Asian lady making them
Ibrahim Naif (4 months ago)
It's a beautiful art.
Rafaela Machado (4 months ago)
This was poetry!
Miniciks1 (4 months ago)
Unbelievable talent, thank you for sharing.
Steven Biars (4 months ago)
I've got a $950 pair of Italian leather shoes. I didn't spend nearly that much on them, but I appreciate the artistry and work that went into making them.
Hayel Areed (4 months ago)
great products but I'd prefer to buy a car for the same sum of money
sync232 (4 months ago)
Its just a shoe.
mohit Pandey (4 months ago)
MrAnymeansnecessary (4 months ago)
Bespoke actually defines a unique wooden "foot" and at least a single to-be-destroyed pair for fitting. but then bloomberg is capitalist, what would you expect?
1 louis (4 months ago)
This is ot bespoke... bespoke is made from a block a wood, not a premade shape that you modify... she's lying !
জয়েছ (4 months ago)
Dear lady I really appreciate your skills and love for shoe making arts...
BingBong Boopledoop (4 months ago)
Neat. I'll put that on a list of things I'll never own. I'm sure my Oligarchs will enjoy them though.
Osvaldo Perez (4 months ago)
Amazing!!!!!! Simply beatifull!!!!!!
beautiful shoes, talented craftwoman, a model who doesn't know how to tie shoes laces... smdh!
Mohd Raymee (4 months ago)
What does Bespoke means? Can someone help me pls
Saskia's shoes are worth every penny. Given care and regular repairs they last your a lifetime. What else does these days? Bravo to the film team. Love it.
Nhom Fesh (4 months ago)
When you are in love with your job
Luke Tipping (4 months ago)
A white ginger and an Asian woman making “Italian” shoes. How Italian.
Cristian Gamboa (4 months ago)
All my respect to the artisan, but I am not the type of person who would wear that kind of shoe regardless of price.
Beryl Meyers (4 months ago)
The only thing I learned from this video is that Saskia really likes the word particular.
Kt Vo Thi Kieu Trang (4 months ago)
Nè anh bạn mua một ₫ôi giày ₫i vưa voi chân anh ₫ó i no biết anh style bao nhiêu mà cũng khong ₫ủ tiền mua cho anh mà anh cũng có là gì cua i ₫ể i mua cho anh ₫ôi giày nên anh tự mua ₫i i sẽ giup chọn kiểu giày phù hop voi ca tính tuổi tác nơi anh sẽ ₫ến
n1rwana (4 months ago)
how much a pair cost ?
Oscar Parrilla (4 months ago)
Tom Servo (4 months ago)
Those shoes cost exactly what people are willing to pay. If you are not willing or unable to afford them then they are not for you. Don't worry about it. There are many things you will never own just as there are many things you have which other people will never own. And guess what - it doesn't matter.
MaSerbianMacgregar Xx10 (4 months ago)
Ok. Now..... How the fuck to they take out the inside that they pinned???

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