Just Ordered: Awl & Sundry
We all know that custom menswear is huge right now. There are a number of new custom shirt and suit makers popping up every few months, whether they be online or brick and mortar shops. The risk is always the quality of the product, which varies very drastically. That being said, I have two things to tell you: the online custom option has extended to shoes, and the custom shoes produced by Awl & Sundry look absolutely incredible.
These guys produce custom, handmade, full grain leather shoes, finished with a hand-sewn Goodyear welt. Every pair is made to order, and is customizable down to the last detail. From the videos and photos, the quality looks excellent.
The selection of options really impressed the hell out of me. There are five lasts to choose from, as well as four styles (derby, loafer, monkstrap, and oxford) to set as the base of your shoe. Once you pass the initial options, there are variety of options to add to the vamp, eye stay, toe, and foxing. After that, the full grain leather options are vast, including a variety of colors in plain calf, calf grain, calf suede, alligator, and ostrich. The laces and stitching are also color customizable, and all of the options I’ve listed above are intuitively visualized in a great 3D display that updates as you create your shoe online.
I ordered a pair of calf grain dub monks (shown above) that I am very excited to have show up on my porch. I think these textured shoes will be gnarly for the coming months. The shoes also come with shoe trees and a shoe horn, and they’ll run you $350, a very solid price for a custom pair of handmade shoes, as well as said accessories.
I’ll let you guys know when these bad boys show up, and I’ll be posting some photos and a further review.