Business Travelers, It's Time For a High-Tech Shoe Upgrade
The Left Shoe Company brings a high-tech element to bespoke men’s shoes. (Photo: The Left Shoe Company)
For men who travel for business, having the right shoes is essential. Your footwear must be comfortable enough to take you from terminal to terminal and stylish enough to look at home in business class.
Now there’s a new shopping experience that may be the coolest way ever for guys to buy shoes. It may even be worth traveling for.
The Left Shoe Company, a bespoke men’s shoemaker that originated in Finland, is currently crisscrossing the United States, opening temporary “pop-up” stores in several major cities. The goal is to get the word out about the company’s unique approach to shoemaking: It takes 3D renderings of each customer’s feet — both of them — and makes shoes specifically designed to fit each individual foot.
The Left Shoe Company is opening temporary “pop-ups,” like this one in New York, to spread the word about its unique shoe-buying experience (Photo: Sid Lipsey)
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"The Left Shoe Company is equal opportunity for both your feet because we’re giving each foot exactly what it needs,” said Gordon Clune, who, along with Patrick Mayworm, brought Left Shoe to the U.S. He noted that more than a quarter of his customers require different shoe sizes for their left and right feet, something not readily available in mass-produced, store-bought shoes. “They’re never going to get what they need off the shelf,” Clune said of these customers.
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