Perry Ercolino has proudly influenced catwalks, celebrities & high street fashion for the past 30 years


The Ercolino family has been in the shoe business since 1933, and I learned the fundamentals of the trade in my father’s workshop. I studied design in Milan, and I have been hand-crafting bespoke and custom shoes for over twenty-five years.

My artistic philosophy is quite simple: build fine custom shoes, one pair at a time, using only premium leathers and time-honored shoemaking techniques. The result is handsome footwear that fits better and becomes more beautiful with time.Today I am pleased to be able to offer my clients Old World quality and service.

My business philosophy is equally simple: provide every client exceptional, individualized service. Mindful of European fashion currents, I help every customer examine and interpret his individual style. My clients are prominent businessmen, Hollywood luminaries and sports icons. I work closely with each and every customer to design a shoe whose every detail (from style and color to heel height and the number of eyelets) will perfectly complement his unique attire and lifestyle.

Superior craftsmanship is my personal passion; superior service is my promise to you.

World’s Finest Leathers

The soul of a handmade shoe is fine leather. For over one hundred years, the Joh. Rendenbach Jr. Tannery in Tier, Germany, has produced the best leather in the world using the ancient method of “pit tanning.” The hides are submerged in pits filled with water, oak bark and berries for eighteen months. The result is flawless leather with great wicking, flexibility and longevity. Rendenbach’s superior leathers bear the triangle stamp of the Ancient Tanners Association, and we proudly build the infrastructure of all our custom shoes from these exceptional hides.

My clients select upper materials from a wide selection of premium aniline leathers finished at the finest European facilities: Tanneries du PayTannerie d’Annonay from France, and Ilcea and Bonaudo from Italy. Some customers choose French baby calf for its durability and strength. Others opt for the suppleness and flexibility of an Italian calf. Still others prefer the prestige of an exotic skin: ostrich, American alligator, crocodile or lizard. Whatever your taste, my extensive catalogue offers a fine leather that will satisfy your palette.

From Vision to Reality

A pair of bespoke shoes begins with a vision. I meet personally with every client to take measurements and imprints of the feet, draft a design and select materials. Once the concept for the shoe is determined, I send the measurements to England where a skilled artisan translates this information into a pair of hand-carved “lasts.” The last is the three-dimensional wooden model of the foot around which the shoe is built. The last determines the shoe’s fit, and a custom-cut last ensures a custom-fitting shoe. The last also gives the shoe its shape; thus an elegant last is an essential element of an elegant shoe.

Upon receipt of the last, the construction process begins in earnest. To make a pair of shoes by hand is an arduous process that requires over sixty hours of meticulous labor. The pattern must be drafted and perfected. The uppers must be cut and fashioned to the lasts. The infrastructure must be constructed, and the welts must be hand-sewn to the insole. My bespoke shoes are constructed entirely of leather and provide the foot unparalleled support; the result is strong, structurally sound footwear.

Before the shoe is soled, I meet again with the client. This additional fitting allows me to make whatever small revisions are necessary to achieve a flawless fit. The shoe is then soled and exquisitely finished with hand-painted London waists and natural waxes. When every detail is perfected, I will personally deliver or ship the finished shoes, along with custom trees and flannel bags, to the customer.

Bespoke shoes also available in Alligator.
Saltwater Crocodile, the rarest of all exotics, available upon request.

Pricing for bespoke shoes is all-inclusive. Please allow approximately sixteen weeks for the delivery of your first pair of bespoke shoes. Subsequent pairs will be handmade and delivered in approximately 12 weeks.



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