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Buyer’s guide – Acme Shoemaker

One of the most interesting new brands that’s been introduced lately is Acme Shoemaker. Based in Beijing, they are a serious contender to making the finest RTW shoes in the world, and also offer MTO, MTM and full bespoke, all at very competitive prices. Here’s a substantial buyer’s guide to the brand, with an MTM order I’ve done as base.

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Buying tip

Buying tip – Jim & Jun Shoemaker webstore

There’s a number of highly interesting Chinese quality shoe brands out there (more of that later this week), but most are quite inaccessible for international customers, with orders only through e-mail/Instagram etc. Now one of these, Jim & Jun Shoemaker, has launched a new website for international customers making it really easy to see and order their Goodyear welted and hand welted shoes as MTO or MTM.

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Buying tip

Buying tip – MADE 3D-bespoke

New technology is being used more and more also in the classic shoe sphere, that’s nothing new. Now the next step in this development is taken, with the (at least to my knowledge) first brand to offer a form of bespoke based service with a 3D scanning that customer makes of their feet with the help of their mobile phone. The brand is called MADE and the shoes are made in China, including test shoes they cost no more than about €335 ($380) with the Early Bird offer now available via Kickstarter.

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