Stephane Jimenez Bespoke Shoes

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    Hi everyone!

    Many of you guys know me as one of the shoe experts on SF and I have recently learned about a very special bespoke shoemaker from the Bordeaux region of France. He joined the Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France in 1988. He worked for great shoe houses like John Lobb Paris and Stefano Bemer in Florence. As of recently he has decided to make his own shoe house or bottier in his home region of Bordeaux France, in his actual home.

    Being that he finished the Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France in 1988, he had to make a masterpiece shoe/boot which truly shows off the level of mastery of shoe/boot making. His boot that he make was truly unique, beyond anything that I've ever seen before.

    They are motorcycle boots that are Norwegian welted with a braided thread. There is a patch on the upper of the left shoe to protect it from the motorcycle pedal. Another unique feature is that the Blutcher flaps from the lacing actually continue and connect to the shaft of the boot where it latches to the side to hold onto the leg.

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    As I have time, I will be posting more on his "normal" bespoke shoes, so you can all see his style of work, which is very elegant and still quite French, compared to the style of this boot!
     
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    Here are some pictures of the work being done on some shoes and just so you know, every step is done in house and he is currently only making about 15 or so shoes per year so he will make sure that each pair is given the most attention it deserves without rushing or skipping on any steps. (These are not photos of me and I asked him for permission to use these photos):

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    Here is an overview of some of his models that he has made recently, so you can see some of the variety of lasts, his general aesthetic of his shoes, craftsmanship, quality, etc.



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    The lasted bespoke shoe trees and you can choose the color!


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    A couple different sole examples, but you can choose whatever you want. I love how tight the waists are!



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    I'll gradually post more pairs depending on interest, but this is one pair that I love so much and is a unique take on a plain toe balmoral hybridized with an Adelaide as well as a Norwegian construction for the front:

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    Here is the next shoe:

    A bright red chiseled toe whole cut! I love whole cuts but this one is truly amazing!

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    Here is a mid brown quarter brogue blutcher shoe:

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    Since I just posted my recent St. C green adelaide that came in, here is a great green derby!

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    I've gotten a lot of photos sent to me today so here is another brown pair, but this one is a dark brown wingtip!

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    More red!!!!

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    Finally a pair in black!

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    Here is one last style for today and this is truly an interesting opened lace plain toe in brown:

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    something like pricing would probably be helpful, doesn't have to be exact, but at least some range would do
     


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    My understanding is that you could buy round trip ticket to Tokyo, order bespoke shoes, fly back, and dine at Per Se, and still have changes left.
     


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    According to the shoe snob blog, they start at £6000. That blog also states the shoe maker only makes 15 pairs a year, and spent 450 hours on one pair of motorcycle boots.
     


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    Justin's blog had them starting at €6,000, rather than £6,000.

    Some relief, but still eye wateringly expensive.

    He makes some of the most gorgeous shoes I've ever seen.
     


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