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Cleverley at Quinn

George Cleverley began making men’s footwear in Edwardian London and opened his signature company in London in 1958.  When he died 33 years later he passed the use of his name and the wooden lasts used to make his celebrated clients’ footwear to George Glasgow and John Carnera, with whom he worked side by side for nearly 13 years.  Now, in honor of the bespoke shoemaker’s 50th anniversary, Glasgow and Carnera are bringing a line of ready-made shoes to American gentlemen for the first time through Duncan Quinn men’s stores in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. “What makes Cleverley shoes special is the fit, style, and distinctive shape as well as a 100-year tradition unchanged in the making process,” says Glasgow, who continues to tour the U.S. biannually?a tradition he started more than 30 years ago?to fit those personally who prefer to buy bespoke.  However, for those who can’t wait three months for custom shoe delivery, Quinn now stocks more than 41 Cleverley designs, including the company’s signature brown calfskin Norwegians and newly introduced black velvet slippers. Prices start around at $800, whereas bespoke shoes open at around $4,000.  (212.226.7030, www.duncanquinn.com)

—William Kissel

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