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Measure yourself once
for a lifetime of comfort

You are a few steps away from enjoying the benefits of having a set of custom made personalized shoe lasts stored at our temperature controlled warehouse in Italy. Once they are carved using your foot dimensions, you will be able to reorder comfortable dress shoes for the rest of your life. Also, if your feet changes dimensions as time goes by, you are able to request complimentary adjustments to your personal shoe lasts everytime you place a new order. We want to walk with you and guide you every step of the way in your journey towards proper fitting, comfortable, and great looking shoes.

Fit

Custom to Foot Shape

We use your exact left and right foot shape to achieve a true custom fit throughout the entire dress shoe

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Custom Toe Shape

We offer the classic round and square toe shapes. They are customized according to the client's foot shape.

Custom Entrance

The entrance of the shoe is customized to the client's foot shape for a proper fit.

Custom to Foot Shape

We use your exact left and right foot shape to achieve a true custom fit throughout the entire dress shoe

Custom Toe Shape

We offer the classic round and square toe shapes. They are customized according to the client's foot shape.

Custom Entrance

The entrance of the shoe is customized to the client's foot shape for a proper fit.

Shoe Construction

Stacked Leather Heel

Stacked genuine Italian "bend" leather for superior shock absorption

Rubber Outheel

Half Rubber outheels are placed to improve grip and lower the risk of slipping

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Upper Leather Grade

We use French A-grade full-grain calfskin tanned by Tanneries du Puy located in the South of France for our dress shoe uppers. This tannery was founded in 1946 and is owned by the Hermès Group.

Sole Construction

We offer Blake-Rapid or Goodyear Welted Construction. Both constructions are available in Italian leather, oak bark leather, or Vibram rubber

Stacked Leather Heel

Stacked genuine Italian "bend" leather for superior shock absorption

Rubber Outheel

Half Rubber outheels are placed to improve grip and lower the risk of slipping

Upper Leather Grade

We use French A-grade full-grain calfskin tanned by Tanneries du Puy located in the South of France for our dress shoe uppers. This tannery was founded in 1946 and is owned by the Hermès Group.

Sole Construction

We offer Blake-Rapid or Goodyear Welted Construction. Both constructions are available in Italian leather, oak bark leather, or Vibram rubber

Our Guarantees

Certified Custom Sculpted Lasts

We certify that every set of lasts we produce are custom made from scratch using your foot dimensions and we never make adjustments to stock or numbered lasts in order to guarantee a true custom fit

Fit Guarantee

Each dress shoe will be crafted using the exact left and right foot shape, measurements, and fit preferences or we will remake them for free

Workmanship Warranty

Our custom made dress shoes have a 2 year warranty that covers any craftsmanship issues. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear.

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Measurement Methods

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SELF-MEASUREMENT

AT HOME

Follow our step-by-step video tutorial to obtain the exact measurements and shape of your feet

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SELF-CASTING

AT HOME

Follow our step-by-step video tutorial to obtain a precise cast of each of your feet

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3D FOOT SCAN

PODIATRIST OR SPORTS MEDICAL CENTER

You may ask your podiatrist or sports medical center to take a 3D scan of your feet using a medical grade foot scanner

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EXACT FIT RECREATION

SHIP TO US

You may ship us your shoes for us to recreate the exact interior dimensions of your most comfortable pair of shoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Which measurement method is best for me?

If you have always found it easy to fit into off-the-rack shoes but the only issue has been not having enough width, then our standard sized shoes with custom widths might be a good option. On the other hand, if off-the-rack shoes have been causing you discomfort in the heel, instep, forefoot, big toe or small toe areas, then going full custom is the best choice.

Is a standard sized shoe with custom widths or a full custom sized shoe best for me?

If you always had an easy time fitting into off-the-rack shoes and the only issue that would come up was not having enough width, then our standard sized shoes with custom widths would work well. If on the other hand you have found it uncomfortable to wear off-the-rack shoes in the heel, instep, forefoot, bit toe, or small toe, a full custom made shoe is the solution.

What happens if my first pair of shoes do not fit me perfectly?

We guarantee that our shoes are made using your exact foot dimensions and fit preferences or we will remake them for free.

I have different sized feet. Will this be reflected on each shoe?

Yes. Each shoe is be made using the dimensions of its corresponding foot. We are yet to see 2 feet that have the exact same dimensions. The day we see that it will be the day we make 2 

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About Us

Our Story

Bondeno is a family owned custom dress shoe company founded in Florence, Italy, in July of 2015. 

Our custom shoes and boots are crafted by our generational shoemakers in Italy since 1908. 

In 2017, Bondeno moved its headquarters and marketing operations to New York and opened its first showroom in Midtown Manhattan.

While our physical showroom in New York City is closed since March of 2020, we’re opening up our virtual doors to help you. 

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Custom Made Dress Shoes in Detail

Foot Dimensions & Fit

We accept foot measurements or foot casts taken at home following our step-by-step measuring guide. We also accept 3D foot scans or foot casts taken by a podiatrist, orthopedic office, kinesiologist, or sports medicine doctor. Thirdly, if one happens to own a pair of shoes that fit comfortably, they can be sent to us to have the exact interior dimensions of the shoes to be reverse engineered and have us use those dimensions to carve a set of bespoke lasts to make a pair of custom shoes.

Shoe Last Sculpting from Scratch

A shoe last is the block of wood in the shape of a shoe on which the leather is stretched to craft the shoe. “Made-to-measure” shoemakers will use a stock shoe last and make slight modifications to try and match the shape and measurements of your feet. This is not true custom. A true custom bespoke last is made from scratch. At Bondeno, we sculpt and carve the left and right lasts from scratch using the left and right foot's individual measurements, shape, and volume because no two feet are the same. We also understand that each foot's center line/axis is unique and it rarely matches the center line/axis of an adjusted or modified stock shoe last. Carving a set of lasts with a beautiful toe shape that also provides the right fit is the standard of excellence our last makers in Italy have delivered for over 3 generations.

Custom Toe Shapes

When it comes to toe shapes, we offer the classic round and the classic square, or the client may commission a completely new toe shape.

Custom Toe-spring Angle

Toe spring is the elevation of your shoe's toe box above the ground or supporting surface. The traditional toe spring standard for dress shoes is 10 degrees but we can customize this angle to accommodate your specific needs and preferences.

Free Lifetime Shoe Last Adjustment Program

Our feet get wider and our arches begin to slowly fall as we age. We offer free adjustments to your personal lasts every time you place a new order with us so that each new pair of shoes fit you as well as the last.

Replicate or Custom Design a Pattern

During the customization process for the upper of the shoe, the client may choose one of our house styles, have us replicate a design, or commission an entire new design, within the oxford, loafer, derby, monk strap, and boot categories. The final pattern selected by the client will be custom designed using the client's custom carved lasts.

Leathers & Skins

For our shoes made in calf leather, we use "Sicalf", a 1.6 mm A-Grade full-grain calfskin produced by Tanneries du Puy, stablished in 1946 in the South of France, and currently owned by the Hermès Group. We chose Sicalf for its suppleness, durability, and overall quality, not to mention that it is also one of the most expensive calf hides available for sale on the open market. Sicalf and suede come standard with our starting price of $770 for shoes and $870 for boots. We also offer a range of exotic leathers upon request including cowhide, cordovan, suede, deer, bull, shark, elephant, crocodile, alligator, sting-ray, python, lizard, and ostrich. All of our hides are licensed by Fish and Wildlife offices worldwide for trade and export.

Solid Colors & Hand-painted Patinas

Other than black, we offer a range of solid colors in different shades of brown, oxblood, and tan. For hand-painted patinas, other than the colors on display from our house collection, we are able to replicate any color commissioned by the client.

Sole Constructions

In terms of sole constructions, we offer a single leather Blake construction known for its thin profile, weightlessness, and flexibility. A double leather Blake Rapid construction known for its thicker profile, durability and waterproofness. A full Vibram rubber Blake Rapid construction known for its flexibility and water resistance, and a Goodyear welted leather sole, known for its cork filled foot-bed that molds to your feet overtime and is also the most waterproof leather sole with a double stitched out-sole.

Heel Height

A standard heel for a pair of classic dress shoes is around 1 inch in height, depending on the size of the shoe, but you are given the option to commission taller or shorter heel according to your personal preferences.

Interior Heel Cushioning

We use a high density memory foam heel piece that never goes flat and provides the most comfortable cushioning of all heel pieces we have come across over the years. This feature comes standard in all of our shoes.

WORKMANSHIP

Carving of the Last

Our master last makers in Italy will carve a set of lasts using the exact dimensions of the interior of the client’s most comfortable pair of shoes or boots through our reverse engineering process or study the client's foot measurements, contours and any special areas of consideration before carving the client's personalized lasts from scratch. Carving a set of lasts when using the client’s measurements is 50% art & 50% science because getting the client's measurements just right is only the beginning. A beautiful pair of shoes is determined by the shape of the lasts, complimenting the client's unique foot shape, body height and weight.
Planning
The design of our shoes are sometimes born of the wishes and specific needs of the client. The design is enhanced with personalization, which starts with the planning and shaping phases.
Cutting
The cutting of the leather that creates the vamp is done exclusively by hand, to ensure that only the best leather is chosen for a specific model. 
Connecting
Each pair of our vamps is crafted from beginning to end by a single artisan. This guarantees a precise and accurate semi-finished product, perfect in the smallest details, whether it is visible or not. 
Assembling
The shoe takes shape in this stage. This is done mostly by hand, with pliers, hammer and nails, just like the handmade tradition demands. The machinery helps the artisans somewhat. It can’t however be a substitute for the taste and the expertise of artisans with decades of experience.
Preparation, Stitching & Flattening of the Sole
Before and after the stitching of the sole, many tasks are necessary to bring to completion the creation of a reliable and comfortable shoe. They are very specific tasks, crucial in making the product unmistakably unique.
Polishing
All our shoes are polished on the lasts by using only the best creams: no sprays or polishes cover the beauty of the leather used. The final result is a clean shoe that shines naturally. It does not matter how long it takes to achieve this goal.

The ''Handmade'' Standard

Our handmade shoes crafted in our small family workshop in Italy carry traits that are not found in shoes made in factory assembly lines. When Picasso draws a perfect circle by hand we know it could never be as perfect as one drawn using a compass, but just like some people will still prefer the one by Picasso, to this day many prefer handmade shoes because they provide the quality and elegance that machines cannot replicate. Our shoes are hand-welted, hand-lasted and hand-soled. 

Painted Like a Work of Art

 When it comes to colors, we offer a choice between our solid colors, or our traditional hand-painted patinas. Our patina colors are applied by hand, so the colors on each pair of shoes will vary slightly each time. Hand-painted colors gradually change over time and develop into beautiful patinas, whereas solid colors on calf leathers dyed at the tannery will keep the same color overtime.