Thursday, September 15, 2011
A second generation bespoke shoemaker, and one of only three men I know of in the United States who craft world class shoes by hand, Perry Ercolino makes something more than one pair of beautiful shoes each week in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (he makes the two hour trek into New York each Wednesday to see customers). Each pair requires about sixty hours of skilled labor. The results are nicely proportioned and uniquely his own. Nothing is too extreme.
Barring a physical need for special orthopedics, bespoke shoes are arguably even more of a luxury than bespoke tailoring and I will grant you that most men will never spend $3800 a pair to shod themselves. Some want a unique design for a special pair, but most bespoke shoe customers are simply people who demand the very best for themselves and have the means to afford it.
One of Perry's customers said it best, "They don't feel like shoes. They feel like my feet."