Meet the Designer Bringing Bespoke Craftsmanship to Your Shoes

When was the last time you bought monogrammed shoes customized exactly to your liking by a highly trained Italian artisan—oh, and also had face time with the designer who created them? Despite what you might think from glancing at the dressing room lines at fast-fashion retailers, that kind of artistry isn't going extinct.

Shoe designer Francesco Russo, for one, is making a strong case for bringing couture quality to your shoes. He's created a traveling pop-up atelier where customers can customize their shoe purchase by choosing from 20 colors and two different materials. The finished product is also stamped with your initials on the insole. Normally, Russo's made-to-order program takes six weeks, but the designer has flown in an artisan straight from Italy to work on-site, cutting the time down to just 48 hours.

Now in Los Angeles at Just One Eye until February 28, this made-to-order program will be traveling to everywhere from Hong Kong to Canada over the next five months. We caught up with the designer himself in L.A. to get the scoop on the pop-up and tap into his expert shoe knowledge.

Scroll down to read our exclusive interview with designer Francesco Russo, learn about his pop-up atelier, and shop his shoes!

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