What makes our bespoke shoes unique
Our workshop is set in a nineteenth century townhouse set in the heart of the ancient Hamburg. Everyone who enters the workshop is immediately captivated by the spicy fragrant smell of leather and glue.
This is where we have established our new workshop. A place where real ›handcraft for feet‹ is performed. Each one of our shoes from the last to the sole is entirely produced under the roof of this house. Each one is unique and made by our hands.
Please visit this special place in Hamburg, the birthplace of ›Klemann-bespoke shoes‹.
Only after taking the measurements of all parts of your foot, from sole to instep including a picture of your footprint do we begin to work.
We have to ascertain in detail the anatomy of your left and your right foot as well as their daily burden. Only by an accurate registration of all details of your feet a masterpiece of handicraft is created that has matured over months.
Both the accuracy of fitting and the form retention of the shoe depend on the precise last and the accurate copy of the feet of the future wearer. Every note and observation of the customer’s motion has to be considered, so that every detail will be reflected in the customed last.
That is why we make our lasts in our own workshop.
A last made from beech wood is an original copy of the foot and as a working basis determines the production process.
Only a first-class last can imitate the real foot as a working surface during production and embody at the same time, a model of the chosen design.
Clicking and Closing
The upper determines the individuality, design and aesthetics of the shoe to decisive extent. It presents the shoe ›from the above‹.
Fluctuation of leather variety, nuances in colour and grains as well as artistic seams, brogueing and ornamentation are all visible in the upper. The upper manufacturing is therefore a very demanding and special field of its own, within the shoemaking process. At ›Klemann Shoes‹, Master Craftswoman Magrit Klemann, is responsible for this processing which is executed true to size and material according to old handicraft tradition.
Noble leather is the basis of every shoe.
We mainly work with box calf and aniline calf leather from selected tanners in Germany, England, France and Italy.
In addition we are specialised in processing ›exotic‹ leather such as crocodile and ostrich leather, but also carp, salmon and even eel leather have already been used in our shoes. The great range of classic leather offers our customer’s a fascinating diversity of choice.
Historical Russian leather from the S.S. ›Metta Catharina‹
As one of the only three bespoke shoemakers worldwide, we are supplied with very rare, historical Russian leather from the salvaged ›Catharina‹ by the Duke of Cornwall.
The peculiarity of this legendary leather lies in its production. Russian tanners in the region around St. Petersburg made use of a totally individual method of leather production. Usually it took more than two years until the Russian leather, mostly made of reindeer and cow leather was completed. In the 18th century it was coveted in all of Europe, especially in Genoa and Mailand, where it was very popular.
All attempts to imitate this special method of tanning have failed until today. Real Russian leather has always remained unique in its quality. This will certainly not change since nobody in the country of origin itself knows about the original method of production anymore.