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Things get headier as you meet its namesake, a charming shoe atelier whose chat can keep you rapt through a crash course in his complex process, which involves more than different steps and techniques. Stress and worries disappear, and my mind is at peace. An archetype of a growing maker culture in Singapore, Mr Leong has become synonymous with a bespoke heritage once associated only with the Italian leather industry.

Mr Leong left his path in advertising sales, events management and tennis coaching, for the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy, three years ago. There, during his one-year shoemaking apprenticeship, the year-old fell in love with shoemaking. He recalls being inspired by an old gentleman.

The shoes were about 20 years old and in an absolute mess. But they were made with great quality leather. With some polishing and resoling, the shoes looked as good as new. I want to make shoes like that. His intense involvement in technical aspects of his trade would fly above the heads of most.

The languorous, painstaking process yields just three pairs for his clientele each month, but the outcome is sublime: something to last for decades, its unique grooves and curvature perfectly fitted to the feet they were destined for. Mr Leong stitches the shoe upper to the sole. Customers come from all walks, are usually in their mids to 50s, and appreciate the experience as much as the product they get. Mr Leong lives for that moment when their faces light up with joy when they get their shoes.

Business is not without its challenges. A key hurdle for him is not being able to get supplies locally. Old shoemakers have either closed down or moved to other countries like Malaysia to cut costs. Supplies such as wax, thread and even nails must be imported, adding to the cost. This love for bespoke is moving beyond shoes.

Friends and relatives predicted Mr Leong would eventually return to the corporate world. His own father was his biggest critic -- he doubted if there was any market for bespoke hand-welted shoes, given their high prices.

He felt his son was more likely to succeed at setting up a tennis academy. But the younger Leong was steadfast. This belief helps me tide over the many times when self-doubt creeps up on me.

I feel that this is a necessary trait to survive the harsh business world out there. That dogged determination won over the elder Leong, who wound up being his first customer. As a creative force, his life is an inspiration to those who dare to dream differently. Mr Leong is an archetype of a growing maker culture in Singapore and inspires those who dare to dream differently.

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A rarefied service that is a testament to hand craftsmanship, bespoke shoemaking is as sophisticated as it is extravagant. You can use the links to jump ahead or scroll down to read more. You can also learn more about the bespoke shoe-making and what it involves. We researched each one as well as contacted or tested them when possible.

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Things get headier as you meet its namesake, a charming shoe atelier whose chat can keep you rapt through a crash course in his complex process, which involves more than different steps and techniques. Stress and worries disappear, and my mind is at peace. An archetype of a growing maker culture in Singapore, Mr Leong has become synonymous with a bespoke heritage once associated only with the Italian leather industry. Mr Leong left his path in advertising sales, events management and tennis coaching, for the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy, three years ago. There, during his one-year shoemaking apprenticeship, the year-old fell in love with shoemaking. He recalls being inspired by an old gentleman. The shoes were about 20 years old and in an absolute mess.

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