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Platforms, Slippers & Pumps, Oh My!

by VeroniqueChevalier (writer), West Hollywood, March 17, 2008

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LA's Andre No. 1 Shoe Design, custom cobbler, is a shoe junkie's dream, patronized by high-falootin' footwear fashionistas, as well as just plain folks, the world over.

Manolo Blanik and Jimmy Choo's creations are all well and good, but let's face it, when you wear their designs, you are limited by their imaginations. If you have a singular footwear vision haunting your dreams, then you need a custom shoemaker. Known throughout Southern California, as well as around the world, Andre No. 1 is shoe heaven, and Imelda Marcos would surely be their patron saint if only she wasn't probably going to be burning in Hell someday!

And lest you dismiss the impact that unique footwear can have upon the psyche of the masses, imagine if only you can, KISS performing in Nike's instead of their infamous killer platforms. There is no way they could have stampeded the world of rock in anything off the shelf from Shoe Pavillion!

Andre is THE place to get made-to-order footwear; to have a pair of your old faves resurrected, or to have someone else's botched job salvaged.

I opted for the latter, as I found some gorgeous Cole Haan tall clog boots on the Zappos web site for only $250. (Believe me, that is a bargain price for a pair of brand new CH anything, much less boots).

However, when I received the boots in the mail, it didn't take long to figure out why they were priced so low. The calf of just one boot alone was cut large enough to fit me and two other people, plus a couple of children too. Yuck! They were so deformed! But the over all style of the boot was so gorgeous and the workmanship exquisite, so I got the bright idea of having them sized down by a shoe repair place.

Man, am I ever glad that Iive only a mile from Andre's. They did a beautiful job taking the calves in, and they even pre-punched holes along the seam so that I could add a row of whip-stitching myself to give them an extra special custom look.

They had the job done in three days and it was perfect! Now when I wear the boots, I literally get stopped in my tracks by strangers wanting to know where I got them.

Another thing Andre's does beautifully is to distress leather. So if you have a brand new pair of somethings that you want to appear to have been handed down from the wardrobe department of "Easy Rider", then this is your place. (I now have three pairs of cowboy boots that have been "aged" to perfection by Andre, and I can't tell you how many times I've had someone wanting to buy them off my feet.)

http://current.com/watch/126727922 is the URL to a short documentary video made about Andre's by David George, that shows numerous pairs of custom shoes in various stages of completion, plus at the end, you get to see the most expensive boots Andre No. 1 was ever commissioned to create. Cost? Well, let's just say, I've seen cars priced for less...

Andre's unofficial theme song? I nominate that old Nancy Sinatra classic, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'!"



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2 comments on Platforms, Slippers & Pumps, Oh My!

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By VeroniqueChevalier on March 17, 2008 at 03:03 pm

Yeah, so maybe I am maybe a bit of a boot brain. So what of it? Boots are cheaper than a heroin dependancy, and one pair lasts a lot longer than chocolate!

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By Lady D on March 25, 2008 at 05:17 pm

I do admire the wonderous styles of shoes. However I always opt for comfort having the soul and sole of a beach bum.

Finding a great shoe is hard, I am up for some custom made kickers.

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