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Tale of the Tape

Left Shoe Company and Jack Erwin. Nice.

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Left Shoe Company (left) and Jack Erwin Fitting Room: one’s popping up in Midtown. The other’s got a new showroom in Tribeca. Both will inspire significant envy toward your feet. Let’s break them down.

Background
Left Shoe Company: Brogues, oxfords, wingtips, monks and so on, all custom handmade in Portugal.
Jack Erwin Fitting Room: Once an online-only operation doing handmade calfskin and suede numbers, also in Portugal. Now: extant in the world with a core of dress shoes and a natty new Chelsea boot.

Fit
LSC: Step onto a platform. A scanner 3D-models your feet and crunches stats about your arches and insoles... then six weeks pass while they create your perfect-fitting shoes with all that sweet pedal data.
JE: Since the Internet can’t fit you (yet), you’ll be fit here. Choose between a slim Italianate profile, a heftier English one or driving mocs. You’ll get them by delivery within a day or two (carrying shoeboxes around: untenable).

Space
LSC: It’s big, and full of shoes, that fitting platform and a $120,000 custom motorcycle (why not?).
JE: On an unassuming, Tribeca-y block, there’s a large, sunny room with every type and color of shoe/boot they’ve got, some stashed in marble credenzas.

We almost feel bad for your current shoes.
Note: Left Shoe Company pop-up, now open at the Grace Building, 1114 6th Ave (just north of Bryant Park), see the slideshow

Jack Erwin Fitting Room, opening tomorrow, 10 Hubert St (at Collister), see the slideshow

Vitals

Left Shoe Company
at the Grace Building
1114 6th Ave
(just north of Bryant Park)
New York, NY 10110
official website

Jack Erwin Fitting Room
10 Hubert St
(at Collister)
New York, NY 10013
official website

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