Anatomy of the Best Shoes

Anatomy of the best custom dress shoes

One word best describes fine men's shoes: quality. All other adjectives fall short. Words like stylish or beautiful might describe the shoes' pleasing aesthetic and unique look, but they say nothing about their durability. Quality means so much more. It speaks of the shoes' ability to withstand the stress and long hours most of us will put them through. It suggests that their architectural lines will be around long after the flash trends of fashion have faded. Quality shoes will last through a lifetime of weddings, office meetings, black-tie evenings, and any other event you grace with your presence. Click on each detail to explore the quality of our custom handmade shoes.

1. Modern Classic Toe Shapes

The most noticeable feature of great shoes? Their lines. No need to reinvent the wheel- both the sturdy round toe and the elegant chisel toe have adorned the feet of every male style icon of the past century. These two toe shapes, preferred by all prominent master cobblers, are staples in the collections of both old-world design houses like G. J. Cleverly and modern visionaries like Tom Ford. In design, there is a time to innovate and a time to emulate. Cars have four wheels. Houses have doors and windows. Men's dress shoes have two toe shapes.

2. Goodyear Welting

The sign of a shoe designed to last for many seasons, the Goodyear welt is a process in which a shoe's uppers are stitched directly onto the soles. The technique creates a water- resistant seal and allows the shoe to be resoled repeatedly. Our custom shoes offer Goodyear welting exclusively, with four different designs to choose from.

3. Custom-stacked Leather Heel and Outsoles

One of the most underrated features of a great shoe is in its sole. The easiest way to ruin the look of a dress shoe is to use cheap composite materials (i.e., rubber masquerading as leather) in the sole. While it is perfectly appropriate to use (and we do offer) composite materials such as crepe soles, red "brick" soles, and lug soles for certain styles, no composite materials should ever pretend to be leather. A fine men's dress shoe uses a cured and aged leather outsole with a stacked leather heel. When formed properly, the sole's edge takes on a beautiful, rich patina with time and wear.

4. Custom Last

The last is what makes Requisite's handmade shoes truly custom. Each pair of our custom shoes is built on a unique last created from seven different measurements taken from each of your feet. The result is a unique fit for each foot, with lines and contours that fit you and you alone.

5. Full Leather Lining

When it comes to shoes, details are a bellwether of quality, especially when those details are not readily visible. A high-quality shoe uses a full plush leather lining from the heel to the toe. Thanks to leather's breathable nature, a fully leather-lined shoe wicks away perspiration, minimizing bacteria growth (a.k.a. "smelly shoe") and premature aging of the uppers. We offer seven different lining colors to complement the leather of your uppers.

6. Options

For some, finding a great-fitting shoe can be a challenge. For others, adequate selection in the preferred silhouette and fit is just not in the cards. We offer seven different sole choices ranging from full leather to golf spikes; 37+ choices of upper leathers, with selections including everything from French calfskin to pebble grain; and 15 other customizable points within the anatomy of your shoes. The result: we can create a shoe unique to you, a shoe limited only by your imagination.

Due to the custom nature of Requisite shoes, our designs' toe shapes, lines, and silhouettes may vary significantly from the promotional photos and samples depending on customer foot size, width and shape. Our custom shoes are intended to be worn for fashion purposes only. Requisite custom shoes are not intended to be orthopedic shoes and are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, pain, or orthopedic condition.