IN HIS SHOES

We step into the shoes of the bril­liant Dato’ Lewré Lew and Ian Chang to dis­cover how they cre­ate and cus­tomise the per­fect pair of wed­ding shoes

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Dato’ Lewré Lew and Ian Chang on how they cre­ate the per­fect pair of wed­ding shoes

Shoes have be­come more than just a tool to pro­tect one’s feet. They have be­come a sym­bol of fash­ion and a means to ex­press an in­di­vid­ual’s per­son­al­ity. Renowned shoe de­signer Dato’ Lewré Lew is highly ded­i­cated to the art of shoe­mak­ing. He first dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for de­sign­ing shoes dur­ing the ’80s when he was in­volved in a shoe fac­tory and later honed his skills through the years. “I was very for­tu­nate, I got to meet many great de­sign­ers in the global arena from Italy, Ger­many, France, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan and the UK when I be­gan my OEM busi­ness in the early ’90s. They were my teach­ers, coaches and men­tors,” Dato’ Lew tells us.

His shoe brand, Lewré Cou­ture, fo­cuses on shoe per­son­al­i­sa­tion and cus­tomi­sa­tion. Lewré Cou­ture’s style is al­ways one that will make you stand out in ab­so­lute con­fi­dence and el­e­gance. But most of all, the brand ad­mires and re­spects in­di­vid­u­al­ity. From the design to the style and fit, all shoes are tai­lored to each in­di­vid­ual’s needs, of­fer­ing highly cus­tomised shoes for any spe­cial oc­ca­sion. In ad­di­tion, Lewré Cou­ture in­cor­po­rates a wide va­ri­ety of high-end ma­te­ri­als rang­ing from fab­rics, leathers (which is sourced mainly from Italy and Spain) to very fine em­bel­lish­ments such as Swarovski crys­tals and pre­cious stones.

When de­sign­ing sam­ple styles for cus­tomers to choose from, the ma­te­rial he se­lects es­sen­tially de­pends on the oc­ca­sion. For ex­am­ple, if he were de­sign­ing wed­ding shoes, he prefers to use silk and satin to re­ally bring out the el­e­gance and fem­i­n­ity in his bridal col­lec­tion. How­ever, state­ment­mak­ing ex­otic leathers such as croc­o­dile, ana­conda or os­trich never fail to add an in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic touch to the col­lec­tion.

The process of cre­at­ing a cus­tomised shoe be­gins with mea­sur­ing each of the cus­tomer’s feet to make a cus­tom shoe mould. The next phase is the style con­sul­ta­tion so that the cus­tomer’s ex­pec­ta­tion and style pref­er­ence can be un­der­stood bet­ter be­fore any selec­tions are sug­gested. “Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion, we will sug­gest the colours and ma­te­ri­als that go with their se­lected out­fits, mak­ing sure the shoes meet our cus­tomer’s re­quire­ments and that the style is suit­able for the oc­ca­sion.” Next is the fit­ting ses­sion where cus­tomers will try on the shoes and see if they feel com­fort­able walk­ing in them. Mi­nor ad­just­ments will be made to per­fect the fit.

Ac­cord­ing to Dato’ Lew, walk­ing in his shoes is equiv­a­lent to feel­ing like a queen with a boost in style and con­fi­dence, while his vast trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­po­sure to the in­ter­na­tional fash­ion world keep him up­dated in terms of trends. “In­spi­ra­tion could be from trav­el­ling, read­ing and talk­ing to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.” He also re­veals that Datuk Jimmy Choo has been very in­spir­ing, help­ful and sup­port­ive. “He is like a men­tor to my shoe de­sign­ing ca­reer ever since we met in Ger­many in 1996.”

We can def­i­nitely ex­pect more from Dato’ Lew, who plans to open more Lewré Cou­ture bou­tiques around the world.

Of­fer­ing the best of tra­di­tion and tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate qual­ity de­signs and a highly per­son­alised ser­vice that will keep you com­ing back for more, Be­spoked pro­vides far more than just tuxe­dos and suits. In­di­vid­u­al­ity is the essence of Be­spoked shoes as cus­tomers play an in­ter­ac­tive role in the design process, choos­ing ev­ery­thing from the type of ma­te­rial to the colour of the shoe’s in­ner lin­ing and sewing thread.

Be­spoked’s Ian Chang has cre­ated a clever and fun app, which al­lows cus­tomers to cus­tomise their Be­spoked shoes in the com­fort of their own homes. All you need to do is down­load the 3D Be­spoked Shoe app on your iPhone or iPad, to design your very own one-of-a-kind pair of shoes that re­flects your style and matches your out­fit. In fact, one of the main rea­sons Ian be­gan his Be­spoked shoe line was due to the fact that it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to match shoes with an out­fit in Malaysia.

Once you have down­loaded the app, the first step is to choose the type of shoes you would like to cre­ate. Dress shoe styles in­clude dou­ble monk, sin­gle monk, loafer, full brogue, derby and more while ca­sual styles in­clude moc­casin, gatsby, boat clas­sic, men’s slip­pers and golf shoes.

Af­ter se­lect­ing the style, you can then choose from a wide se­lec­tion of colours and ma­te­ri­als be­fore typ­ing in your name, which will be em­broi­dered onto the back of the shoes. You can even ro­tate your shoes with the 360 de­grees ro­ta­tion fea­ture to view how each side of your design will look like. Your fi­nalised design sub­mis­sion will be im­me­di­ately shipped off to Spain where it will take up to four weeks to be crafted and de­liv­ered back to you.

When it comes to de­sign­ing some of the Be­spoked shoe col­lec­tions, Ian tells us that he is in­spired by the colour trends and styles of the year, while the qual­ity of the ma­te­rial used is also very im­por­tant. Be­sides de­liv­er­ing pre­ci­sion crafts­man­ship and qual­ity, mix­ing and match­ing is part of the design phi­los­o­phy for Be­spoked shoes, sim­i­lar to their tuxe­dos and suits.

“It de­pends on the colour and design of the tuxedo,” Ian replies when asked how one should match dif­fer­ent shoes with dif­fer­ent tuxe­dos. In­deed it does, and all that mat­ters to Ian is that his cus­tomers are happy with the de­signs that best rep­re­sent their per­son­al­ity.

FROM TOP A pair of gor­geous shoes from Lewré Cou­ture’s bridal col­lec­tion; Dato’ Lewré Lew hard at work sketch­ing out a shoe design

FROM TOP A range of shoe styles of­fered at Be­spoked; Ian Chang shows us his amaz­ing app as he cus­tomises a yel­low boot

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