[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 黄大人 资料 Sub-editor 郑大人]
Every girl (and guy) needs chic footwear that fit comfortably and will never go out of style, so one can never have enough of shoes and boots, isn’t it? Even though we are no centipedes, we jolly well could be one with all the shoes and boots we own LOL! However, we are sure most of you out there, especially ladies have at one point or another been through the experience of being tortured by a pair of high heels that pinch and scrape, leaving you with blisters but still looking absolutely gorgeous. Gosh, what sacrifices we make in the name of fashion… sounds familiar?
Just when we were about to resign to the fact that “Cinderella” shoes that fit perfectly are more fantasy than reality, we happened to hear about a shoe shop within Mount Austin industrial park where we can order tailor-made shoes for under RM500. Since decent shoes cost about that much without being custom made, we figured there wasn’t much to lose anyway and decided to go check out the shop ourselves.
制鞋世家在这扎根已有近30年光景，缘起成立订制鞋业乃是由于店家太太本身也面临了与大人类似的烦恼。「太太个子很高，一般得穿 UK9-10 的鞋号，这在本地并不普遍。加上之前也有蛮多顾客遇到一样的困扰，2年前就心想既然本身从事制鞋业，为何不开辟这个市场呢？」Mr Lee 笑说。
长长的 Lesmano 厂房被划分为二，前方的鞋子展示厅带有现代简约工业设计风，一旁还贴心设有咖啡品尝区；后方的制鞋区则以蒙砂玻璃作为区隔，与想象中的厂房面貌截然不同。大人总觉得，生活美学实在应被列为教育的一部分，不论食物、用品、音乐、建筑等往往都与之脱离不了关系，那并不止於表象，更是一种态度。
Enter Lesmano, your typical mass-manufactured shoe factory for nearly three decades, offering most standard sizing (e.g. UK and US sizes) based on feet length. However, length is not the only factor for a good shoe fit; width (in step and out step) is also just as important so you can imagine how a tall Mrs Lee, wearing size UK9-10 was having a problem getting her favourite heels locally. The same complaint by other customers finally prompted Mr Lee to make the transition from a traditional shoe manufacturer to a tailor-made shoemaker in the space of two years.
The shoe factory was instantly transformed into a shoe gallery, with rows after rows of footwear vying for your attention and affection. Imagine walking into a shoe boutique, being served your favourite speciality brew while taking your own sweet time to pick your favourite design. Instead of having to try on different sizes, the staff already knows what size will fit you. That’s a future envisioned by Mr Lee, which offers state-of-the-art 3D scanning service to ensure you never have to try on a range of sizes ever again.
「Lesmano 的皮革主要从印度、泰国、中国及新加坡进口，许多顾客都是透过社交媒体、口耳相传订制全牛/羊皮鞋款，有些客人甚至是特地从外州到这里一次过订制多色同款。」Mr Lee 指着墙上多款皮色解释道。的确，面对物超所值的心爱事物，没有多少人能逃得过诱惑啊！「订制女鞋一般价钱从RM330起，男装则从RM430起，一般从顾客上门量尺寸、挑选材质到取鞋约需2个星期。」大人的双眼早已不断打量墙上的各式材质。
The rest were history, as Lesmano is now enjoying a steady flow of enquiries courtesy of Facebook and other social media, and there were several instances where customers from other states came specially to JB just to have their measurements taken, and place multiple orders to be subsequently delivered to their home states. With tailor-made shows now becoming more affordable, starting from RM330 (for ladies) and RM430 (for gentlemen) and delivered within two weeks, we no longer have to put up with wearing ill-fitting shoes because there is no right size. Neither do you have to settle for standard size, standard design and colour shoes, with no form of customization, or having to pay such an exorbitant amount to customise a pair of shoe. We couldn’t help but cast our eyes on the colourful range momentarily as we were shown around the gallery… Oops!
镭射脚型测量仪 Scanning for the perfect fit
大人之前叨叨絮絮问了店家好多问题，Mr Lee 笑言一切让这台从意大利进口的镭射脚型测量仪来扫瞄就会无所遁形啦！过程只需一至两分钟的时间，看看大人的 “成绩单”！原来大人一直买错鞋号！「最大的挑战就是鞋子的舒适度其实是种很主观的感受，就算经过专业的测量与材质讲解，也不代表当顾客第一次试穿新的订制鞋后的自身舒适度，尤其是一向习惯穿着凉鞋或运动鞋的国人，难免会不习惯新皮鞋的“量身订制紧合度”。我们会建议顾客在取回新鞋后，先在家里试穿一个月，每天一个小时以适应新皮革。有些顾客只需不磨脚就觉得舒服，而小部分顾客则对舒适度十分敏感。」Mr Lee 毫不讳言这是制鞋业常会遇到的问题。鞋号并不代表脚的长度，所以看官们若想知道自个儿的版型以订制皮鞋，还是有请大家亲临 Lesmano 让专业的仪器测量，再让他们的专业人员为各位解说 “成绩单” 噢！
What makes this medical grade 3D scanning machine so enticing is that the shoes are tailored for each person’s unique feet, as few people have feet that are identical. In addition, the current shoe sizing system is limited to half-integer measurements that only takes into account how long someone’s feet are. Finding shoes for wide or thick feet is difficult, as we would gladly testify, so Mr Lee invited all of us to put our feet to the test…
The entire process was “painless” and took less than a couple of minutes for our feet photographs to be taken from various angles. The computer almost instantly creates an accurate 3D model of our feet. To our delight (and dismay), nearly all of us have been buying the wrong sizes and fit the whole time aarrgh…
As a matter of fact, first-time customers for tailor-made shoes may need time to get accustomed to having your feet fully (not tightly) wrapped, especially for those who feel more comfortable in loosely worn sneakers or sandals. For maximum comfort, it’s highly recommended to train your feet and wear your new tailor-made shoes for an hour daily for a month, and your feet will thank you for it haha! Many people may not be aware of their actual feet size, so it is really worthwhile to have them measured.
各式皮革 Taking it a step further
Making our shoes as unique as we are, we get to choose our leather, colour, sole and details, and Lesmano will handcraft our shoes to our specifications using the finest materials and bespoke workmanship. According to Mr Lee, one of the most popular leathers for dress or business shoes is calfskin, which has a tighter grain and fibre, and is thinner and lighter than cowhide. Other types of animal leather include Kidskin (goat) and other exotic animal skins like snake. The latter tend to last longer and need less care than animal leathers, but they are also more expensive (it takes three snakes just to produce one standard pair) – Gasp!
各式鞋款 Be your own “Cinderella”
Every pair of Lesmano tailor-made shoes is handcrafted from scratch by their experienced team of cobblers, using over 200 different techniques and delicate skill sets. It is a process so involved that your tailor (or in this case) Mr Lee will likely be your new best friend by the end. With options aplenty for men and women, you can expect several fittings to get your shoes perfect, but when they are, they’ll put a spring in your step, just like “Cinderella”.
自行搭配 ／ 情侣鞋款 Mix and match
鞋底也能有传奇红底鞋 Christian Louboutin 的效果！「原来这里还能订制情侣鞋啊！」情侣们终于能从头到脚都合拍咯～ 大人非常钟意以上这两对靓鞋，深褐色低调沉稳，亮绿色大胆时髦！有句名言就这么说:「婚姻如同穿鞋，舒服不舒服，只有脚知道。」看吧！Lesmano 都替你将两者兼具啦！
Fans of Christian Louboutin rejoice! You could even ask for your shoes and pumps to come with the iconic red soles that set you apart from the crowd, as well as special request for similar designs expressly for couples. After all, “marriage is like wearing shoes”, regardless of how good they look or how expensive they are, there is no guarantee that you will be comfortable and happy, until you have personally experienced it, and the same could be said for Lesmano shoes. Go on, get your Prince Charming here for a complimentary foot scan, and get a matching pair too!
女生鞋款示范 Shoes for the fair lady
Pretty women, walking down the street, pretty woman, I couldn’t help but see…
Everyone knows that women take their shoes seriously, and dressing to impress does not stop at just our clothing, but also about tying in the outfit with the perfect pair of shoes. Lesmano offers a stylish range of shoes that takes its cues from the runway and staple pieces but feel free to add details like parts ribbon, buckles and opt for extra built in cushioning for a comfortable fit.
男生鞋款示范 Shoes for the gentleman
男装鞋不再限于呆板的设计啦～ 看看几位男士们的示范，瞬间帅度大增！就算上半身穿着较为单调的色彩，一双有质感的鞋子还真能 Hold 得住全场目光啊！男生们现在该能明白为何女生们总需花上一天的时间来买鞋了吧？
They say you can tell a lot by a man’s shoes, and they are very right. Even with our plain and square top, Lesmano offers colours and styles that let us show off our feet with plenty of pomp and just enough circumstance to get by; there’s no excuse for us to be square, and especially square-toed.
Goodbye tingling toes, hello happy feet!
Lesmano 主张「鞋子应该适合您的双足，而非让双足去适应您的鞋子。」对于大人来说，一双好的皮鞋需具备不磨脚不积汗的素质，就算走多远脚也不容易酸累，大人曾经在国外入手过这类好鞋，因此当发现原来本地也有量脚订制的好鞋子，当然得公告各位啦！远在他州的看官们也别担心，记得留意 Lesmano 的脸书专页或许有令人振奋的消息噢 😀
在此特别感谢 Lesmano 的无私分享，让拥有非主流脚型的大人获益匪浅啊！
While the majority of shoes sold today are still made the traditional way, you can be sure that tailor-made shoes will become more commonplace in the future. Having new shoes that we need to “break in” because they hurt our feet, or dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long we wear them will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Mr Lee who insisted on offering shoes that fit our feet and not the other way round. In fact, Lesmano tailor-made shoes take into consideration our biomechanics, idiosyncrasies and the activities in which we will be wearing it, so it is unlike any other shoe in the world, even the one on our other foot.
Whichever path we walk, we now know where to take our business so that the footwear we get is as unique as us, and arouses envy in all who see our stride!
Lesmano Tailor-made Shoes
Address: 12, Jalan Mutiara Emas 5/4, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Business Hour: Mon – Sat (9am – 6pm) Off Sunday
Tel: +607 – 355 2597
Fax: +607 – 355 2598