Front Runners September 2015: Solid Footing

The Dutch shoe designer Louis Leeman opened his first boutique this summer, on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, where he showcases his slightly edgy handmade footwear.

The Dutch shoe designer Louis Leeman (louisleeman.com) opened his first boutique this summer, on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, where he showcases his slightly edgy handmade footwear. With a fireplace and comfortable couches, the space feels more like an elegant living room than a shoe store. It also has a private “cobbler room,” where you can custom order sneakers or the designer’s signature loafers in various skins. Prices start at $600. “Men don’t have a lot of wardrobe choices,” says Leeman, “and shoes are one of the few ways they can play a little.”

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