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Buy Local: Peter Feeney

By Andrea Carson Barker

Where do investment bankers and dandies alike go when they need serious, custom shoes ($750 a pair and up, serious)? not to Yorkville. instead, they descend a staircase to a stone-walled workshop, in a Victorian mansion at Sherbourne and Gerrard, where Peter Feeney plies his trade. A modern-day cobbler trained in Florence, Feeney crafts bespoke oxfords, brogues and spectators for men and women. And he’s committed: each pair takes about 36 hours to make and will last well over a decade.

Standard black leather (a Bay Street classic) is a common request, but always with one of Feeney’s signature twists: contrasting stitching or toecaps, coloured laces or understated tassels. And for the more daring, bespoke designs in pony hide or hand-dyed suede.

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So determined to revive the lost art of custom footwear, Feeney also offers repairs, polishing, resoling and even shoe care kits – all to keep his clients looking as smart as possible. peterfeeney.ca

Originally published in our Spring 2013 issue.


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