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May 05, 2014

Lao Yu

Whether you hail from East or West, or call Buenos Aires, Barcelona or Beijing home, if you’re a self-respecting fashionista you know an outfit isn’t complete until it’s paired with the right accessories. And of all the add-on pieces that can absolutely make or break an ensemble, the perfect pair of shoes without question ranks most highly on the list. Though off-the-shelf designer footwear is all well and good, there really is no comparison – in terms of comfort, fit and consummate style – to a shoe that has been crafted especially for you. Just ask Lao Yu atelier owner Yu Qigong – he’s been in the bespoke business for more than 30 years, and has in the process garnered a sterling reputation as one of BJ’s most talented cobblers.

While Yu crafts both ladies’ and gents’ shoes from scratch in a variety of leathers, skins and colours, he can also copy old favourites that have lost their luster, or, if you have seen a style that takes your fancy in a photograph or magazine, he can replicate the shoes based on the picture – but ladies take note, there are no heels or wedges in Yu’s repertoire. With his intricate craftsmanship and burgeoning fanbase, Yu’s turnaround time can take between 4 weeks to 3 months, so don’t throw your old pair out in anticipation just yet. Outfit sorted.

37 Gulou Dongdajie / Dongcheng / +86 10 6404 1406 or +86 136 6100 2780

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