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Raymond Made To Measure
Choose lush linings and refined sole options, and colour coordinate it to a dapper wardrobe. The Raymond’s Classic, Contemporary and Fashion collections ensure a gentleman is spoilt for choice.
From stylish Oxfords to Derbys, Brogues, Monk straps and comfy loafers, Raymond Made to Measure range offers something for every taste. A monogram on every shoe adds a personalized touch.
With an assortment of 45 exclusive designs and features, Raymond Made to Measure shoes are one of its own kind.
Sandeep Gonsalves, co-founder and head designer, SS HOMME (SG), Arjun Dutta, partner, The Shoe Factory (AD) and Naman Shah, founder and chief designer, Cuero (NS) talk to MW about the lush linings and skilled craftsmanship involved in creating these shoes.
Apart from a custom fit, how else are bespoke shoes worth the extra money?
SG: Bespoke denotes high quality and superior fit. A discerning client is looking for different styles, unique leathers and longevity when he invests in a bespoke pair of shoes. The components for the shoes are made from the finest material and put together by skilled craftsmen, for a meritorious end result.
AD: Whether the higher price paid for a pair of bespoke shoes is justified and worth it is really a question of a person’s individual perceptions and how much he appreciates great styling and design and /or values comfort and a good fit. Generally speaking, bespoke shoes, tailor-made to suit the taste and personality of the wearer, offer a much better fit and greater comfort than an off-the-shelf model.
NS: Apart from custom fit, one can choose the leather, sole, add personal touches like embroidery and so on. This adds to the overall experience and satisfaction of something being made especially for you.
What are the styles customers are opting for when it comes to bespoke shoes?
SG: The wedding season saw an upsurge of suede and nubuck shoes, which work well with bandhgalas, and patent leather oxfords for tuxedos. We have also introduced shoes with a jute finish and embroidered loafers this season, to go with our SS Homme Couture line. The onset of summers definitely indicates an inclination towards penny loafers and criss cross slip-ons, which are easier to wear and maintain.
AD: Younger clients opt for loafers, both formal and informal, as well as embroidered smoking slippers, personalised with quirky logos or initials. Older clients prefer classic brogues, monk shoes and patinated, antique finished whole cut Oxfords.
NS: Brogues and wingtips are the most selling shoes, and apart from these we sell a lot of tassel moccasins and boots.