Final shoes from Benjamin Klemann in Hamburg. I have to say that I’m happy with the result. I have several pairs of bespoke shoes from the Warsaw shoemakers Kielman and Januszkiewicz. The shoes from Benjamin clearly comes from a more refined category of bespoke shoes. The fit is better, and to my eye the shape and the finish are more elegant (which doesn’t mean that Kielman and Januszkiewicz don’t make fine shoes). I guess the internal make of the Klemann shoes is better as well, however that I cannot know for sure.
The Klemann price is different from the price of bespoke shoes in Warsaw, of course. Four times Januszkiewicz and three times Kielman. You feel it. Compared to the famous London shoemakers you get Benjamin’s shoes at a significantly lower price though.
I went for a brown Adelaide model, which Benjamin calls “a Lingwood”. I’m a heavy user of oxford shoes during weekdays, either brown or black, so adding another pair of oxfords made sense. I find myself spending a lot of time thinking about the better choice, before going to a bespoke maker, that is: I think about, what I really need the most in my wardrobe. I don’t allow myself the decadence of shopping bespoke by inspiration. Next shoe pair will be either split-toes, loafers or welted sneakers. We’ll see.
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