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Stefano Bemer

Stefano Bemer

Stefano Bemer, one of the most exclusive shoemakers in the world. The story began inauspiciously as Mr. Bemer started out in the leather trade and later began repairing shoes in Greve in Chianti in the early 1980’s before moving to Florence where he apprenticed with a traditional custom shoemaker for several years before opening his own workshop in 1987. His outlook on developing his trade was centered on “learning from mistakes” and adhering to time-honored tradition and technique.

The production of an outstanding pair of bespoke shoes only can begin with the selection of the best leather and components. Beautiful leather skins are cut for the uppers, the leather skin for the soles and soaked in water for about twelve hours, then wrapped in paper and beaten on a stone with a hammer. This helps shape the leather’s resistance and pliability, which in the end increase the shoe’s comfort and longevity. The sewing thread used for the welt and sole is also made in-house. Stefano Bemer utilizes an ancient technique of twisting linen thread with pitch and beeswax. Today, at Stefano Bemer, we continue both to produce the best Bespoke and Ready To Wear shoes as well as train aspiring shoemakers in the traditions and dedication to quality that represents the cultural heritage of Stefano Bemer. 

Stefano Bemer offers a professional artisan educational program in the craft of handmade men’s shoes. The overall program is composed of three stages to be completed over the course of a year. The first introductory stage presented here is for novices with a strong desire to acquire the basic skill set and knowledge base of hand-made shoes. The introductory or “apprentice” level program lasts for three months.

The “artisan” and “maestro” programs are open to students who have completed the previous levels of study with Stefano Bemer or to applicants in the field who have a solid foundation and experience.

Those in the Maestro level have a chance to eventually become part of the Stefano Bemer Shoemaking team.

Stefano Bemer srl
Via San Niccolò 2 – 50125 – FIRENZE
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