Friday, November 30, 2007

Wandering The Alleys of Florence: Cobbler’s Custom Shoe Shop


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  1. laia.

    November 30, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I think I’m in love.

    These are my favorite kinds of pictures; the real life that seems to have been forgotten in the past somehow.


  2. Candid Cool

    November 30, 2007 at 9:53 am


  3. lintmag

    November 30, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I love these little shops – wish I could have them in my neighborhood! Things would just seem more cared about and special. Thanks for the peek, Sart.

  4. Laurence John

    November 30, 2007 at 10:07 am

    very elegant shoe ! nice textured leather.

  5. Miss Shoo

    November 30, 2007 at 10:34 am

    As a shoe designer this is an awesome collage of fotos for me to look at, I love Italy for all their artisans, and of course a cobbler’s workspace is one of my favourite places!

  6. Fernas

    November 30, 2007 at 10:36 am

    That´s really beautiful shots.
    I love the process of making a custom shoe, I think this is a work like art, is handmade like a paint or something like.

  7. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Wow. That shoe!

  8. Jingoist

    November 30, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Awesome. Purely classic craftsmanship that you just can never appreciate enough without reminders like this.

    OK, so how much were they?

  9. caroline

    November 30, 2007 at 11:07 am

    I KNOW THAT SHOP!! i lived there this summer. it was absolutly gorgeous, and smelled so good in there.
    can you post more photos of florence???

  10. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 11:09 am

    these pitures are oddly beautiful.

    how do you suppose one gets a job as a shoemaker?

  11. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I want that life, and that talent.
    Very much an art form.
    Beautiful photos too!

  12. Mitchell

    November 30, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I love your blog. The daily photos inspire me. I miss the small shops like these that I walked by when I studied in Firenze. But, your photos bring me back. Stunning shots as always!

  13. Paul Pincus

    November 30, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I like the second photograph very much…I’ll call it “Portal”…It’s cool when something feels familiar and you’re not sure why.

  14. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    i watched a documentary about this shoe maker and his shop broadcasted in japan a few months ago. it was really great.

  15. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Ah, yes, I’ve missed these kinds of photos, too–they’re what made me fall in love with this site to begin with. Such a great reminder of the craftsmanship of fashion, rendered with such reverence. I love these images.

  16. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    If those shoes are remotely affordable.. please post his contact :p

  17. meriloo

    November 30, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    i love that kind of shoe. it’s called “budapester” and it’s a classic.

  18. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    what’s the name of the shop? addresss?

  19. MEO

    November 30, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    w i ciabattini fiorentini!

  20. Asian Models Blogger

    November 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    The cobbler looks Chinese to me. Are you sure this is not just another sweatshop?!?! :-)

    Gorgeous shoes but not very practical for NYC life. I imagine someone wearing those shoes must have a chauffeur or a car or take a taxi cab everywhere.

  21. Shabnom

    November 30, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Wow, the craftsmanship and the kind of intimate feel of it is magical. This set also kind of reminds me of the two Italian barbers from ages back. :)

  22. prunejuice

    November 30, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I think that I know exactly where this is. I studied photography in Florence. This is right around the corner from S. Lorenzo Church. Also around the corner from Il Porcuspino, one of the best restaurants in Florence, if not Italy.

  23. Mr. Badami

    November 30, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I love that it’s a Japanese guy in a Florentine cobbler’s shop!

  24. mnsinclair

    November 30, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    is this stefano bemmer?

  25. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Asian sweatshop in Florence, Italy?! This is a Japanese bespoke shoe maker, Mr. Fukaya Hidetaka of IL MICIO di Hidetaka Fukaya. Price? From 2950 Euros. (For more information see the magazine “Last” No. 7).

  26. Iheartfashion

    November 30, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Mmmmmm….those shoes are delicious!

  27. lis

    November 30, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    So charming, so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to go to Florence. Thanks for the peek!

  28. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Impeccable shoes. Where is this shop?

  29. Meg

    November 30, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    There are shoes, and then there are Shoes. These are definately in the latter group. Great set of shots!

  30. Anonymous

    November 30, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    The stack of dust covered shoes makes me kind of sad.

  31. Brazilian Girl #7

    November 30, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    oh, wow! S2 It’s so important to show this kind of backstage. :) And the formal qualities of the pics just add to the feeling of ‘care’. This is definetely about Elegance, Style and Dignity.

  32. Brazilian Girl #7

    November 30, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Oh! And his pants seem to be in a very cool length ;)

  33. Anonymous

    December 1, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Such a pleasure to get a glimpse of an artist at work! He must have a distinctive style of his own. Note his fine shoes, and bright shirt.

  34. richard

    December 1, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Lusting for those shoes…

  35. Tim

    December 2, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Where is this shop? How do we contct them? I would love a pair of these shoes!

  36. Christine

    December 2, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    These kinds of posts are wonderful to see. I especially love the picture looking in through the front door. These pictures, and those of the previous post really highlight that your talents lie not only in finding great people or style to take pictures of, but that you also know how to take beautiful pictures. It’s one of the things that really sets “The Sartorialist” blog apart from most fashion blogs.

    Have you had formal photography training? Informal training? Did you teach yourself? Just experiment?

  37. Alicia

    December 2, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    This entry gives me that feeling that something wonderful is hiding just around the corner, to reward the curious and never be seen by the oblivious. I wonder how many people have walked by this place every day.
    I love the play between the traditional stlying of the shoe and it’s ultra-modern shape.
    I’ll take a pair with a 4 in heel underneath. :)

  38. Alicia

    December 2, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    p.s. The juxtaposition in the front of the store of the modern, clean furnature with the wooden boxes covered in postage stamps is itself fantastic. The peek into the workshop shevles is just plain good seeing. Well done, Sart!

  39. Anonymous

    December 3, 2007 at 2:41 am

    Asian model blogger: for someone with that kind of name, your views seem to be a tad racist. The suggestion that an Asian person cannot be an Italian (and yes, you do get Asians (race) who are Italian nationals) shoemaker, is both ignorant and disturbing. Just because the gentleman is Asian, you have to assume that its a “Chinese sweat shop”; that’s nonsense man.


  40. Thomas

    December 3, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    My friend just returned from Paris and Venice full of stories, and up until now I’ve been dealing well with wanting to kill him. But these pictures have pushed me over the edge…I must go to Europe NOW.

  41. Seattle Bites

    December 3, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    How I wish I could find a cobbler like this in the states. My handmade shoes that I got in Europe still are the nicest and most comfortable I have ten years after I got them in a small town in Italy.

  42. Ané

    December 4, 2007 at 3:38 am

    Those shoes are simply gorgeous! There are so much beauty in them! They are simply perfect.

  43. Anonymous

    December 4, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve been there last June during Pitti Uomo Exhibition. I thought that I’ve already seen everything in made to measure shoes (I’ve got a lot of aquaintances in this corporation) but Mr Fukaya’s work is simply amazing. Lasts are incredible! A long time since I felt such an emotion with shoes! Promised, my next MTM pair will be made by him.

    Marc Guyot from Paris, France.

  44. Prêt à Voyager

    December 6, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I’m smitten with the photo of the wood boxes and stamps.

  45. Italian Shoe lover from Asia

    December 9, 2007 at 6:31 am

    My goodness! I love those photos and the shoes! I am from Singapore and we do not get such beautiful pieces of art, such a pity.

    I love how the shoe maker is wearing a piece of art as well. Amazing!

    Can we have more shoe blogs?

  46. Anonymous

    December 27, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    may i know where this shop is?

  47. Nana

    February 3, 2008 at 7:10 am

    For all wondering where this shop is, here is the info. As a Japanese living abroad (and a shoe-lover), I was impressed not only his craftsmanship but also his history!

    Il Micio Di Fukaya Hidetaka

    Via Dei Federighi, 6/R
    50100 Firenze, Italy


  48. Miguel

    August 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I need those shoes… I've got to have them!

  49. Adrienne

    December 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    These shoes are so beautiful. I've never seen a pair of oxfords as perfect.

  50. bed frame

    July 8, 2010 at 1:48 am

    For me custom made shoes are the best. Because that shoes is definitely unique and only for your feet. You can assure the quality of it. And you can choose the design of shoes you want.

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