While clothes may make the man, only shoes can make the man several inches taller or several degrees less likely to be called a hippie. Make a name for your feet with today’s Groupon: for $395, you get a pair of custom-made men's dress shoes from Mark Austin Bespoke Couture (up to an $895.95 value), with fittings taking place on June 21 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street.
Mark Austin Bespoke Couture keeps its clients clad in foot finery, individually made to fit their podiatric physiques and fashion fancies. Each shoe-strategizing session begins by discerning each foot's appropriate shoe size, assessing whether it's greater or less than the number of argyle socks owned, and determining the optimal width to house your hooves. Custom shoe creations allow differently sized feet to finally gain enough courage to ask each other to dance within a single matching pair, with sizes ranging from 4–13 and widths D–F. Choose from 38 leathers, ranging from polished pebble grain to suave suede, alone or paired for a two-tone look, and apply them to one of 31 different silhouettes, further customized by selecting choices of shoestring, insole, stitching, and toe shape. (Additional leathers and silhouettes are available for an added fee.) Goodyear welted soles can stroll in comfort for miles and easily be recobbled should they wear down, for a predicted loafer lifespan of up to 20 years.
After engineering an optimal design for your lifestyle and wardrobe, Mark Austin's experts send your specifications off to Italy, where the most skillful shoe-makers will sleep while a team of elves constructs your distinctive pair of paw packagings. Once complete, your shoes will dance their way over to your home or office in six to eight weeks.