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Who is Who in Bespoke Shoemaking: Dimitri Bottier

Posted in Feature by Hannes Rebas

Who is Who in Bespoke Shoemaking: Dimitri Bottier

A name largely under the radar of the masses, but a legend amongst aficionados and with a big international clientele, master shoemaker Dimitri Gomez has long been working together with Crockett & Jones as their principal last-maker (amongst other things responsible for designing their popular 337 handgrade last), while also servicing the English maker's bespoke clients at his own in-store workshop.

Mr. Gomez operates out of Northampton manufacturer Crockett & Jones’s Paris flagship store, located at the corner of 14 Rue Chauveau-Lagarde in the 8th arrondissement. Frenchman of Spanish descent, he took his first steps towards becoming a shoemaker at an orthopaedic school, but he soon found his true passion and embarked upon an internship at a classic shoemaker at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. This later led him to stints at Di Mauro, Opéra Garnier and Vaneau, and in 1998 he was offered to settle at his present location.

He is well versed in the French, Italian and English schools of shoemaking, known for being accommodating to customers’ overall stylistic requests while erring on the conservative side regarding last aesthetics and his disinterest for artificially created patination.

Dimitri Gomez is an artisan with plenty of personal integrity, keeping a low yearly output of around 80 pairs. He has a keen eye for detail and the finish of his shoes is extremely high throughout. As with most other bespoke makers he takes on new customers by appointment only, and you should expect the whole bespoke journey – including the creation of a custom cedar last and a pair of test shoes for fitting (to be cut up for more accurate measuring) – to take roughly six months. He has access to a great variety of leathers owing to his collaboration with Crockett & Jones, and the price of his bespoke service starts at around €3000.

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