Introducing Mantorii Custom Footwear - Affordable Custom Shoes

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mantorii Custom Footwear
My Mantorii Shoe - an Oxford Cap Toe (also featured on Mantorii's website!)
Sometimes there are new companies that really excite me. Needless to say Indochino is one of those, so are ProperSuit, Black Lapel and a few others. I was recently introduced to a newcomer that immediately caught my attention.

Let me introduce Mantorii Custom Footwear. Mantorii is the brainchild of Aron, a sartorially inclined Hungarian Stanford graduate, who spent years working for a big multinational before founding his own company in Asia, doing sourcing, consulting and factory audits. Aron has always had a deep love for shoes and had been sending around shoes from his favourite shoemaker in Vietnam to friends around the world for quite a while. Not long ago he decided to use his previous work experience and take the business online: Mantorii Custom Footwear is the result.
I was wondering when the first company would introduce custom shoes online. Indochino started with suits, it was only a matter of time for someone to do shoes as well. I actually expect Indochino to enter the market very soon and there are probably more too follow.

Aron was so kind to offer me a pair of shoes for a review, it was an opportunity I could not resist. I've been lusting for a pair of custom shoes for a while. Not because I have unusual feet, but because I like the idea of having made something just for me. Not something that 1000 of others have as well. Also, I just like the whole online custom idea. It kind of brings back former times, when all garments were handmade for the customer. So far, I was only stopped by the price point, but Mantorii is actually affordable. Their shoes start at $299 including free worldwide shipping, you can get free remakes and full refunds (and for readers of my blog, it will get even better - more about that later).

How does Mantorii work?
Using a simple measurement process, all shoes are made to your exact measurements. Guys like us who are used to submitting measurements online for suits and shirts won't have any problem with it, I found the measurement process to be straight forward and easy to do. You basically draw the outline of your feet on a A4 paper (they have a special PDF for that), measure 2 points on each foot, scan the page and upload it during the shopping process. There is also a video to guide you through the process. 

Their shoes are not produced in a factory, in fact they are handmade by a 3rd generation shoemaker with a couple of employees, who according to Aron is a very well respected master of his trade and serves most of the national top management as well as lots of expats in the area. 

Luckily, Mantori also has a satisfaction guarantee similar to Indochino, so in case your shoe really doesn't fit and cannot be altered by a local cobbler, you can send it back for a remake or a refund. 

Choose your style, leather, sole, broguing and more
You can then choose several options. For now, you can choose between Oxford, Monk or Derby shoes. According to Aron, the choice will be expanded in the near future. I personally would hope for boots, would be great for the winter.

Mantorii Shoes
Mantorii Shoe Choices - pic from mantorii.tumblr.com
Next you choose your leather. The guys from Mantorii know how much a good leather matters for a proper dress shoe, so they are directly sourcing from a variety of local leather tanners. When I ordered they had 5 kinds, reaching from different shades of brown to cream, and black. Soon Mantorii will also offer sustainable sourced, vegetable tanned full grain leathers for a little premium. I quite like that idea, in the meanwhile I also found the existing selection sufficient.  

Additionally, you can define which kind of broguing you want on your shoe. Everything from plain, to cap toe, quarter brogue, half brogue and full brogue/wingtip is available.

Another great thing is that they are really open for custom requests. As they are working with a team of very experienced shoemakers, there is hardly anything they cannot do. According to Aron, as they are still a small company, they can work with each customer individually if needed. They only thing they won't do are square toes - I can support that decision. 

Price point is excellent for a custom shoe. $299 is actually unbelievable cheap. I am very picky about my shoes so I asked in detail how the whole process works. The measurements are used to adapt an existing last (they use classic and elegant English lasts as basis) and adapt it to the outline of your feet and the measurements you supplied. This saves time and cost, so a new last is not built from scratch, but the result is still the same. 

Construction quality is excellent, according to Aron. Vietnam is a pretty tough place for shoes, it's very humid and hot, so build quality has to be good to sustain the climate. Mantorii's shoemaker uses goodyear welt process, so the shoes can be resoled and are good for many many years.

I received my shoe a while ago and have it in heavy rotation at the moment. I will publish the actual review early next week, let me just say that I was not disappointed. Quite the contrary.

Update: Something I almost forgot. Their turnaround time is pretty quick for a custom shoe - it will get delivered to your doorstep within 4 weeks.

But wait, there is more:
I didn't just want to get a free pair of shoes and write about it on the blog. I managed to convince Aron that readers of this blog expect something special. He agreed to do a special promo and give out 5 coupons worth $100 each. This means a custom shoe will actually only cost you $199, awesome deal. All you need to do is comment here on the blog and become a fan of Mantorii on Facebook or Twitter. Aron will be monitoring the comments and give out the coupons. For any questions, you can just email them directly at info@mantorii.com or ask in the comments here.

Update: The offer has been extended to all commenters on this thread! Read the comment from Mantorii in the comment section. All you need to do is write them an email at info@mantorii.com and they will hook you up with a coupon code.

Last Update: All coupons have now been given away. 

76 comments:

greg said...

Good news.
Just after receiving my custom suit i would enjoy this coupon to try the shoes :)

371M said...

This is something I doubt I will be able to pass up!

AD said...

Hook me up with a coupon! I followed on twitter!

bckcampbell said...

hook me up with a couuppppp!!!

Kevin Castillo said...

I would like to try this out. Now following on twitter.

LW said...

Love to have a pair.
Just followed on Tweeter.

David Orr said...

added on facebook and added on interest list!

Mantorii Footwear said...

We are looking forward to having you as a customer! Can you write us at info@mantorii.com so we can send you the coupon code? Thank you!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Great Tam! We'll send you your coupon code on Twitter, if that's ok? If you prefer email, just shoot as a quick message at info@mantorii.com.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Looking forward to your purchase, AD! We will send you the coupon on Twitter in a bit!

Mantorii Footwear said...

We will gladly do, can you message us at info@mantorii.com? Thanks!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hey everyone, this is Aron from Mantorii. Thank you all so much for your interest! All 5 coupons have been given away already, but keep the comments coming and I will check if we can give out some more for you guys!

Jeff Tabaco said...

I'm intrigued, and this is a great deal! Will be following on Facebook.

Kevin Castillo said...

Thanks for the coupon code!

Drew Childers said...

Awesome price and it sounds like an awesome product. Sign me up.

Mantorii Footwear said...

You are very welcome!

Tam Truong said...

i would love to jump in and try this out. feet first of course

Mantorii Footwear said...

That's great Kevin! We'll send the coupon code on Twitter :)

kfiddes said...

Any chance there are any coupons left?? Would love to grab up a pair of custom shoes

Adam Beck said...

This sounds wonderful, looking forward to the review. Followed them on Twitter... hope I win!

371M said...

Thank you very much!
E-mail sent about an hour ago.

Aaron Matthews said...

This is such a cool idea. Will definitely give the website a lookover.

Collin said...

I'm already a big fan of the concept. As a soccer player, shoes are priority number one. Just wondering if there are plans to make a slip on in the future?

vanbc said...

wow, excited, having a lot of feet issues, flat arches, wear orthotics (even in my dress shoes), thin/not meaty feet, I am excited to try

Nate said...

Would love to try! How long does manufacturing usually take?

Mehdi C. said...

Yesss finally. Custom wear from head to toe. This company is gonna do great. I wish there were color pictures of the actual shoe on a model's foot. The key to online ordering success is lots of good pictures.

Zach Weldon said...

This looks like a great idea!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you Zach! Any questions, just shoot as an email (info@mantorii.com) or twitter/facebook msg.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you Mehdi! We will have actual photos of the shoes as soon as possible. Actually, we will make a photo of each shoe produced from now on and integrate those photos on the website. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let us know!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi Nate, we would love to welcome you as our customer! We will be able to ship your shoes right to your doorstep within 4 weeks.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi vanbc, seems we would be a great "fit" for you! Let us know when you are ready to order :)

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi @Collin! Thanks for the interest in Mantorii. Yes, we will have loafers (and boots!) soon, you can already order them now, if you want. You can email us at info@mantorii.com if you want to find out more.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you Aaron - let us know what you think!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you Adam! Our first five coupons have been given away, but we are overwhelmed by the positive response and will have something for everyone.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Check back soon, we will have something for you guys too!

Mantorii Footwear said...

We have you on our list Drew, looking forward to welcoming you as our customer.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you Jeff, we saw you liked our page!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi everyone, I have good news. We have decided to extend our $100 off coupon to everyone who commented here and became a fan or follower. Please email us at info@mantorii.com to claim your coupon. Thank you again for your interest in Mantorii and we are looking forward to welcoming you as our customers.

Chris Ching said...

interesting

Chris Ching DDS said...

interesting

Chris said...

Interesting

John said...

Is it too late? I'd love to try their shoes. Jdweaver1@aol.com

Thanks!

Mantorii Footwear said...

We'll send you an email John!

Joe G. said...

Me and my 4E feet think this is a great idea. I'm looking forward to a pair of shoes that actually fit!

Mantorii Footwear said...

No problem for us Joe! If you don't manage to draw the outlines of both your feet on the A4 page, use page 2 twice and that should make it easier.


Email us if you'd like to have a coupon or need any help!

Peter Garbacz said...

Looks awesome! I can't wait to try them out!

Jean-Baptiste said...

Hi Aron. Can you do height increasing shoes (often called elevator shoes)? These shoes have a hidden heel, increasing the wearer's height by 2 - 3 inches. For example, http://www.taller.com.au/how-it-works Please look into adding this as an option!

Tifka said...

This looks really good, but I will wait until your review next week, can't wait to read about your experience. Pics, please! And thanks for the awesome site!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi Jean-Baptiste, thank you, I have forwarded the link to our product development and we will consult with our shoemaker to see how difficult it would be to implement. Thank you for the suggestion! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep updated about the progress.

Bjørn Andresen said...

Nice, we early adopters should have limited range numbering on the soles :)

Mantorii Footwear said...

@facebook-532957586:disqus that is an excellent idea and we will absolutely do that. I already checked with our shoemaker and we will place it below the initials. We will only do that on the first 50 shoes.



Shoot us a msg or email for a coupon!

Arun Mathew said...

Love the idea. Can't wait to see the first ones that come out.

Clark Snyder said...

Great Idea.

Jay Swearingen said...

Outstanding.

bobby digiovine said...

This is amazing, definately looking to grab a pair!

Matthew Baker said...

This is pretty sweet. Price point definitely competes with the AEs of the world. Just send an email to info@mantorii.com?

JGorham said...

sounds awesome, but still pricey....

Monro3 said...

OK this is amazing. I just started getting into suits and shoes are my natural next step. This is awesome!

V P said...

Sounds incredible. Is the special offer still available?

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi, we gave out around 50 coupon so fare and that's our limit for this promotion!

Mantorii Footwear said...

Hi Matthew, yes, just emails - I actually think we replied to you already.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Looking forward to having you as our customer, bobby!

Sebastian Cass said...

This is a great idea! One thing though, is that I'd like to see a lot of "examples" of what they look like.


This could essentially become the indochino of shoes, as in once you go that custom route you just don't come back because it allows you to define your own style not follow someone's "collection" and I'd say that at $299 it's a fantastic price, but at $199 even $249, there would be close to no competition out there.


I will be trying you guys out soon.

B. Shamo said...

Does montorii offer almond shaped caps on the Oxford ?

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you for your comment and your tweet, Sebastian!
We will soon have photos of actual products up, every order that is being produced now will be photographed professionally.


Let us know if we can help your decision!

Ezra Igor Imazagi said...

Really interesting. Their website and process is a 90% ripoff of Indochino, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Very much looking forward to actual photos of their shoes.

Will they pay for all import duties and taxes like Indochino does? That's a big reason why I love IC.

Mantorii Footwear said...

Thank you for your comment Ezra. We should have photos up soon, every order is being photographed professionally now.


We do not pay for the import duties and taxes, we wouldn't be able to keep our prices if we did. However, experience shows that for most countries there are either no duties/taxes or very low ones. In accordance with the laws, we declare the production value of the shoes, not the list/sales price.

Lorenz said...

Wow this is great - will have to try it out!

Lorenz said...

I'll be trying this for sure

Lorenz said...

This is too good to pass up, especially with the coupon.

Lorenz said...

HAND-MAD shoes for $199? I'm skeptical and curious. I'm more of a dress shoe fan that I like to admit, so if the offer's still available, I'm going to check it out.

Lorenz said...

Wow, considering the trouble I always go through fitting shoes for a right foot that is half a size bigger, but standard width, while my left foot is a wide-width...This sounds great! I am a leather snob, though, so can anyone speak about the quality of the leather from first hand experience? If it's on par with AE, I'll be quite interested (more so when there's a dress boot I can get brogued).

Lorenz said...

SOB I never saw the update for coupon! URG

Lorenz said...

I had not visited this review site in a bit since I last bought my suit. I come today and saw the Mantorii ad. The website is good and as already mentioned, a few pictures do a lot of justice to the overall intent.

I see that the coupons have been given away, but being optimistic always helps. Hopefully, a few of the coupons go unused and some of us who really intend to go ahead and order soon will get to use them.

Fingers crossed and all the best to Mantorii for a successful venture.

Lorenz Loidl said...

Just ordered my first pair. Fingers crossed.

Lorenz Loidl said...

Mantorii Review: I strongly recommend not doing business with this company. They sent me the wrong size once and the wrong style and size a second time and now will not return my emails. Return postage to Australia is $53. Check comments on their Facebook page, this is pretty typical. Not sure if they are still in business, but they should not be. An American consumer has little recourse when a non-US company does not stand behind its product. Buy elsewhere.

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