Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rudolf & Söhne Scheer: Bespoke shoemakers of quality

Rudolf & Söhne Scheer are the oldest bespoke shoemakers in Europe. Based in Vienna the family have been making shols for seven generations . Truely suppliers to the crownheads of Europe the business was named imperial court purveyor by the Habsburg dynasty in 1878. The original building at Bräunerstrasse 4 Vienna still houses many of the original wooden lasts handcrafted for the well heeled of Europe. On average Sheers’ shoes take six months to make and involve several fittings. Leather is chosen from a "library," with some pieces dating back to the 19th century . Today Rudolf & Söhne Scheer shoes cost upward of $US 6,700 a pair and range from classic wing tips and tall-shaft boots to peppy derbies and glossy whole-cuts.

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