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Saskia Wittmer

Saskia Wittmer Shoemaker
Contact
Italian, English, German
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 055293291
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A Florence fairytale

  • • Saskia masters all aspects of shoemaking
  • • She handcrafts bespoke shoes for men
  • • She was trained by Benjamin Klemann and Stefano Bemer

Years ago, it was not common for a Berlinese girl to become a shoemaker. But Saskia had such a profound love for shoes - not fancy high heels but masculine ones - that she went to the best masters to follow her passion and learn the craft. She opened her own Bottega in Florence in 2000, and soon became part of the neighborhood, with her big windows on the street so that anyone can see her at work. Every single shoe that she creates is entirely handcrafted within the bottega (workshop) and fully bespoke: it would be much easier to make prêt-à-porter and have customizable collections, but it’s not her style. Every shoe is a new challenge, and reflects the meeting with a human being that Saskia needs to know, understand and interpret.

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Works

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Serafino with medalione

The model of this shoe is a whole cut with a medallion in the front. The shoe is hand welted and has a 5mm oak tanned Redenbacher leather sole, which is also hand stitched. The heel is built with layers of leather.

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Jay

This model is a wing tip design. The shoe is hand welted and has a 4 mm Redenbacher leather sole, which is also hand sewn. The leather heel was built layer by layer.

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Max

This model is a loafer with stitching detail. The shoe is hand welted and has a 5mm oak tanned Redenbacher leather sole, which is also hand stitched. The heel was built up layer by layer.

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Max

This loafer is whole cut with decorative stitching on the front. Normally loafers are generally cut in 2 pieces and sewn together. The shoe is hand welted. The 5mm leather sole is hand stitched as well. The leather heel was built by hand layer by layer.

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Roland

This boot’s base was created following a full brogue oxford model. The leather sole is a 6mm Redenbacher oak tanned leather that is also hand stitched.

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