custom made shoes australia

Bespoke Footwear

Done by Matea also offers completely custom made bespoke footwear.

Each pair is carefully crafted by hand by Artisan Shoemaker - Matea Gluscevic, in her studio located within the peaceful surrounds of The Basin in Eastern Melbourne. She specialises in creating works of wearable art, small scale collaborations, accomodating larger sizes, gender neutral styles, and working with sustainable materials.

If you're looking for a unique pair of handmade shoes, that you won't find anywhere else, that fits you perfectly - you're in the right place! Pretty much any shoe you can think of, I can probably make. I'll be bringing that thought to life, and working directly with you every step of the way.

the craftsmanship is next-level

"I love the custom Puffies I ordered from Matea. The craftsmanship is next-level, the colours and materials are great, and Matea's customer service was amazing. She even came out to measure my foot at my work so she could nail the fit and sizing. I get more compliments wearing Matea's footwear than any other item of clothing." - Billy

elegant, practical and so stylish

"Casual, elegant, practical and so stylish. My first pair of slides made by the super talented Matea were so loved that they need to be retired to make way for a new pair! It is so satisfying to slide into the soft natural leather slide and knowing that my wide foot and high arch will be comfortable. Thanks Matea, can't wait to receive my second pair!" - Maria

I couldn't be happier!

"The shoes that Matea has crafted are outstanding! I have worn them out to clubs, to work, and outside areas - they are super comfortable and fit perfectly. I couldn't be happier, plus I always get amazing comments anytime I wear them. Thanks for creating these and doing so in an ethical manner, makes me feel good about what I am buying!" - Stevie

so, what's the process?
1. INITIAL CONSULTATION + DEPOSIT

Once you have filled out the Custom Footwear Enquiry Form I will get back to you with a quote.

Price will vary depending on the style, materials and your approximate fitting requirements. This is a very time consuming labor intensive process, with many stages, so it does come at a cost. As a rough guide ~ standard fit shoes start between $1500-$2000 and custom fit shoes start between $1750-$2700. Payment plans are available.

(If you're wanting a pair remade that you've seen listed on the site, and you are a standard size, the cost will be the same as the original listing. If you require a custom fit or any design changes, this will come at an extra cost. Request a remake here.)

If you’re happy with the quote and would like to discuss further and develop the design, you will be sent an invoice for a $250 non-refundable deposit. This is to cover time spent on consultation and design development. Once the design is finalised, the $250 deposit will be listed on your new invoice and will go towards the total cost of your shoes which is due upon completion.

2. FITTING

I'll be taking your measurements by either coming to you, having you visiting the studio or sending you detailed instructions. From there I'll let you know if you require a standard fit or a custom fit shoe. Custom fit shoes can be made in absolutely any size - even odd pairs are possible!

*Please keep in mind - I am not a podiatrist and cannot assist with complex medical fitting requirements.

3. DESIGN

Now for the fun part! I'll be asking you to send over some reference images, drawings or even just images of things that you like, so I can get an idea of what you're after.

I'll usually send through a few images of different designs for you to choose from and/or modify to your liking, and from there we will discuss materials and the finer details.

4. PROGRESS

As I get started on crafting your shoes, I'll be in touch to let you know how they're going, and if there are any hiccups or design changes we need to make.

Depending on the design I may make a mock-up to test the fit, in which case it will be posted to you or we'll arrange a fitting time at a suitable location.

Custom orders can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks to complete, depending on the design and fit requirements.

5. PICK UP / DELIVERY

Once your shoes are finished up you can choose to come to the studio to collect them or they can be posted out to you via AusPost or courier at an additional cost.

examples of custom work ↓

about me

I'm an experienced shoemaker with an appreciation for unique aesthetics and high quality traditional craftsmanship. I have created custom shoes for customers nationally and internationally, from Italy to the USA. Want to know more? Read here.

examples of custom work ↓
STEVIE'S CLOUDY GARDEN HEELS REMAKE

• a customised remake of the Cloudy Garden Heels

• solid handcrafted Australian Pine heel

• full vegetable tanned leather sole

• silk satin ankle ties

TAYLOR'S TRUFFLE MULES REMAKE

• a customised remake of the Truffle Mules

• pure mulberry silk upper and heel cover

• full vegetable tanned leather sole

Prudence's Patent boots

• made on custom lasts from foot scans - in a mixed pair of size 41 and 42

• black patent leather upper and super soft leather lining

• leather insole with orthopedic cushioning

• kangaroo leather lacing

• lace-up with easy access zip

• full vegetable tanned leather sole and heel with forepart rubber grip

Prudence's Frilly Loafers

• made on custom lasts from foot scans - in a mixed pair of size 41 and 42

• soft leather upper and lining

• leather insole with orthopedic cushioning

• hand stitched loafer vamp

• full vegetable tanned leather sole and heel with brass tacks

di's FITTED ZIP-UP ANKLE BOOTS

• soft leather upper and lining

• hardwearing kangaroo leather details

• vintage oak covered heel

• full vegetable tanned leather sole with forepart grip

bridget's platform clogs

"Incredible work by Matea - so easy to communicate with and created such a dreamy pair of shoes that are now a favourite piece in my wardrobe. Thankyou so much for your beautiful work!"

*****

• solid New Zealand Pine platform

• signature kangaroo leather "paper" effect

• comfortable cushioned insole

NICOL AND FORD CUSTOM COLLECTION

• small scale collaboration with full range of 20 styles

• created for the Nicol + Ford runway at Australian Fashion Week

• vintage fabrics and trims

see the runway

steven's sneaker boots

"The product itself is amazing! Exactly what I wanted (which was a little odd). The process was perfect! The care and thought that went into my wants and needs is what made the outcome what it was. No detail was insignificant and requests for things Matea hadn’t done were met with honesty and excitement. Couldn’t be happier."

*****

• custom narrow fit

• combination nappa and vegetable tanned double lined upper

• blake stitched vegetable tanned leather sole

see the process

PSYCHEDELIC FLORAL SNEAKERS

• handsculpted EVA soling

• custom digital print fabric uppers with metallic kangaroo leather details

• eucalyptus fibre padding

CARMEL'S WEDDING SHOES

• wide custom fit

• dupion silk upper with diamonte buckles

• handcrafted solid pine heel

see the process

GLENN'S COWBOY STAGE BOOTS

• vegan friendly using vinyls, rubber and vintage surplus leather

• faux snakeskin flame details

• elastic slip-on

POINTED CUTOUT DERBYS

• detail hand cut windows

• vintage olive leather

• traditional derby contruction

RUBY'S ROMAN 3 STRAPS

• inspired by Vivienne Westwood's Roman 3 Strap Sandals

• custom fluro pink and green kangaroo leather

• custom fit size 43

GARDEN BED LOAFERS

• custom digitally printed apron and strap using recycled bottle fabric

• leather upper, lining, insole and sole

• hidden elastic for comfortable fit

LUCAS' PINE PLATFORMS

• handcrafted australian pine soling

• neoprene upper

• white rubber grip

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