A new European retailer of quality shoes has started to make a mark, the Norwegian store Shoes of Stefan which offers small but often rather unique selections from Edward Green, Alden, Miyagi Kogyo, Paraboot and Santari Tokyo. If you’re after more casual shoes and boots of excellent make, you should check out Shoes of Stefan.
Behind Shoes of Stefan we have Stefan Ravnanger, who previously worked at Skomaker Dagestad in Oslo, the capital of Norway, where he built up their online presence and developed the range of brands offered. When he finished university he left Dagestad to focus fully on his career as an engineer, but his love of good shoes pulled him back in, and now he runs his own project. Apart from the online store which ships worldwide, he has a combined space with a tailor and an accessory specialist in Oslo, where he mainly meets clients after making reservations.
Currently the shop works with Edward Green, Alden, Paraboot, Santari Tokyo and Miyagi Kogyo, the latter of which makes shoes for Stefan’s own brand Sukesan. There’s a couple of more standard make-ups from for Alden and Paraboot, but apart from this focus is solely on offering rather unique make-ups from all the brands, both as limited edition runs, Group-MTO and MTO. If you’re after for example Edward Green Galway’s or Dover’s in special leathers, or Alden cordovan stuff and similar, it’s worth keeping an eye on Shoes of Stefan to see the stuff that comes out here. And both the Japanese offerings are really something for those who are after clean, exquisite stuff. The Sukesan by Miyagi Kogyo will focus on workwear boots, which the Kogyo factory have a solid reputation within, among other things from making John Lofgren boots for many years. And Santari Tokyo is hand welted premium shoes made to a really high level, where basically only your imagination sets the bar of what’s possible to get.