Journal / Leffot

Chicago, here we come.

Hard to believe it was eight years ago today we opened our doors for the first time. It is a humbling experience to own a small business, and our success is due to those of you who have encouraged and supported us over the years.

And to our trading partners who believed in us back in 2007, when we came to you with an idea of opening a multi-brand shoe store in the West Village. Not your most likely spot. Without your support we would not be here today.

We truly appreciate each and every customer who has purchased a can of shoe polish, pair of socks, or pair of shoes. It’s no small wonder that we’ve built a group of like-minded friends who share our passion and appreciation for high quality footwear and accessories.

As we enter our ninth year we reflect on our commitment to providing you with the best offerings and service possible.

Today we are very excited to announce that we will be entering a new phase in our growth. This fall we will open our first shop outside New York. We are proud to be coming to Chicago.

Our location will be in the historic Monadnock building on South Dearborn Street in the South Loop. We look forward to meeting friends old and new in this beautiful building in the heart of the city.

We’ll keep you posted with updates in the coming weeks and months. Until then, thank you all once again for your loyalty and patronage.

Chicago, here we come.

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Restock: Quoddy Blucher, Brown CXL

Quoddy’s Blucher is a durable and casual shoe for versatile and comfortable wear. Made in brown Horween chromexcel with charcoal camp soles, they are perfect for jeans, khakis, or shorts in the summer.

Brown Chromexcel, Charcoal Camp Soles

Quoddy Blucher, Brown CXL
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Hiro Yanagimachi Trunk Show, May 13 and 14

You are cordially invited to join us on May 13 and 14 for Hiro Yanagimachi’s first North American trunk show. He will be taking orders for made-to-order and made-to-measure. A variety of samples will be on hand, as well as fitting shoes so you can determine your size.

Hiro offers a line with machine-stitched soles, as well as a fully handmade line. You’ll be able to create a shoe from over 45 models and 50 leathers. Fit and pattern modifications are also available. For more information about his offerings, as well as pricing, see this post on his website.

Since 1999, Hiro has been making hand-welted bespoke shoes in the English tradition. Trained at the London Cordwainers College, he learned the techniques and culture of bespoke shoemaking at places such as John Lobb.

In 2012 he began offering a made-to-order line, and until recently has focused on making shoes for local customers in Japan. This trunk show will be the first time he’s offered his MTO and MTM program to the North American market.

Schedule an appointment

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Saint Crispin’s 535 Oxford

Once again Saint Crispin’s takes a classic style and makes it their own. The sweeping lines of the 535 Oxford give it an elegance to match the Russian Reindeer calf from which it’s made. This is a classic shoe, but it’s far from boring.

Classic Last, RUS 075, Wood Pegged Soles

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Kreis x Leffot Bleecker Belt now available in black shell cordovan

Our popular Kreis x Leffot Bleecker Belt is now available in black shell cordovan. It’s made of three pieces of shell for the perfect match to your longwings or plain toe bluchers.

We’ve also received a restock of the belt in color 8. There aren’t many shell belts around these days, and Kreis makes them as good as they get.

Bleecker Belt, Black or Color 8 Shell Cordovan, 35mm Wide, Brushed Nickel Buckle

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Saint Crispin’s Trunk Show, April 25 and 26

You are cordially invited to join us for a trunk show with Saint Crispin’s on April 25 and 26 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Mr. Phillip Car, Managing Director of Saint Crispin’s, will be here to present the collection.

Founded in 1992, Saint Crispin’s is recognized as a leader in design and craftsmanship of fine European footwear. As such, they work only with very fine selected partners around the world.

Headquartered in Austria and made in Romania, all Saint Crispin’s shoes are handcrafted by a small team of artisans, craftsmen and women. Their shoes are quite possibly as close to a bespoke fit as you will find in a ready to wear shoe. And while that may sound like a big statement, in our opinion these shoes are top flight all the way.

The attention to detail is evident in all aspects of the shoes, not least of which is the fit. Saint Crispin’s designs their shoes with human engineering in mind. The heels are canted, which is the outside of the heel is slightly lower than the inside, as is the top line under the ankles, thus cradling the natural resting position of your foot.

The same attention to design goes into the styling of the shoes as well. Saint Crispin’s shoes are some of the most unique shoes produced, full of individualism and character.

The company’s business model is based on custom shoe orders, as such you will be offered a wide variety of models, leathers and fits including individualized lasts. Your shoes will be delivered to you in approximately 8-10 weeks.

We encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity to meet Phillip Car and check out his extraordinary collection of shoes.

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