Gilstead Balmoral Oxford Shoes
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Complete your wardrobe look from the ground up with our curated edit of handgrade shoes. Made for you exclusively to your own specifications.
The fundamental aspect of shoemaking is the last - the "heart and soul" that carries both the aesthetics and fitting qualities of a well constructed shoe. We offer a diverse collection of lasts for you to create beautiful, sculpted shoes leading to the best possible fit, short of bespoke.
We source the finest aniline, semi-aniline, crust and other leathers from renowned tanneries such as Tannerie d' Annonay from France, Ilcea Conceria from Italy, C.F. Stead from UK, and Horween Leather Co. from USA to use on our handgrade shoes.
The end to end shoemaking process takes more than 100 operations to complete, from leather selection and clicking, upper closing, handwelted stitching connecting the upper, welt and insole, beveled waist to final finishing. Many of the steps are performed by hand to better control the finer aspects, save for a few machine assisted operations like outsole stitching* to reduce unnecessary costs while still maintaining the high quality of standards we demand of our handgrade shoes.
All of our custom handgrade shoes are produced on a made to order basis, using the handwelted construction to ensure maximum durability of the key connections of the shoe joints. Special attention is also placed on the choice of ancillary materials like inner lining, toe puffs and heel counter stiffeners to ensure a high grade product that will last for decades with proper care.
* Outsole stitching by hand is also available on request with a workmanship surcharge of S$200.
- Hand-welted construction, 4-5mm leather insole
- Finest leathers from top tanneries
- Hand lasted
- Corksheet footbed
- Leather board stiffeners
- Vegetable tanned calf lining
- Closed channel Italian leather outsole
- High SPI stitched outsole
- Layer stacked leather heel