Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Walter Steiger

A well-known name in the glamour shoe business for over 30 years, Swiss-born Walter Steiger has just opened a super-chic bespoke shoestore for men and women right across the street from his eponymous boutique on the Rue du Faubourg Saint HonorĂ©. The shoes for women range from mega-platforms and stilettos to classic flats, while the elegant, lusciously polished shoes for men come in crocodile, suede or whatever skin the client desires. The shoes are handcrafted – or, more correctly, sculpted into works of art – by Monsieur Michel, who has worked for Givenchy and Saint Laurent, among others. Once the customer has chosen the model, his or her foot is traced and the shoe form chiseled, then the shoe is made, tried on by the customer and finished. Says Michel: “The real test is when you walk in the shoe, but if there is a problem, you can always come back for an adjustment.

Walter Steiger
33 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris

[ Photos © Elizabeth Pantaleo ]

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