The resemblance is striking but here the Air Force has a double buckle, the Dunk are in ostrich leather and the Air Jordan 1 Brogue in calfskin. In the shop window and workshop of the Toulouse Bottier, Esquirol district, we do not only find high-end boots, Richelieu or Derbys, the specialty of Jean-Emmanuel Pialoux, who makes them to measure or in half-measure.
After a CAP in shoemaker-bootmaker, the young man, former seminarian and former management consultant, embarked on 2018, “happy to revive a craft that has almost disappeared, to design a shoe from start to finish, with leathers. high quality French, respecting ecological standards ”. But since then, its offer has been extended to sneakers, with the same requirements.
A marriage of urban look and classic fashion
“Nicolas Fournès, passionate about sneakers (now his partner) contacted me because he wanted to learn the trade. Today, he makes entirely leather and customized pairs from well-known models, ”explains Jean-Emmanuel. Concretely, the original shoe is boned and completely redone in noble materials from the sole.
A technique called “bespoke” which allows a marriage between the urban look and classic fashion. “It’s an incredible universe, there is always to be invented”, smiles the shoemaker. The two men did not stop there. In collaboration with Toulouse tattoo artist Antoine Noraz “Wan the good kid”, they now also offer tattooed sneakers. Count between 800 and 1200 euros for customized sneakers.