New! Due to requests, I am again making walking shoes and specialized orthopedic footwear. In person casting of your feet is available in Santa Cruz, California for the ultimate in fit. Contact to make an appointment to examine the boots and have a no-cost evaluation of your feet.
Whether you have flat feet, high arches, bunions, different sized feet, exceptionally narrow heels, or simply want a superbly fitted pair of bespoke hiking boots or shoes handcrafted for you, this is the right place!
What I Offer You.
When I develop your lasts, I make a pair of trial boots for you to wear at home. No other custom hiking boot maker in North America does this critical extra step!
I have over 38 years experience in making custom hiking boots and shoes with extensive training in anatomy, gait analysis, and kinesiology. My vita includes eight years of training with German and Austrian bootmakers. I am intimately connected with a handcraft tradition that goes back hundreds of years, using techniques refined by thousands of shoe and bootmakers over the centuries and patiently handed down from master to apprentice. In addition, my decades of experience as a Certified Prosthetist (artificial limb maker) add a dimension in orthopedic fit that no one else has to offer.
Comfort: I Guarantee It!
I personally guarantee that my shoes and boots will provide you with the ultimate in fit and support. After you have broken in your boots or shoes you will be able to hike in complete foot comfort. Order your fit kit and step onto the path of a new foot experience!
I'm Kevin Leahy, and I started making custom footwear in 1976, apprenticing under an Austrian Master Shoemaker in Seattle for three and a half years. Heinz Heiss was from Tyrol, and his specialty in the old country was making custom hiking boots and ski boots (back when ski boots were made from leather). …
How to Order
How do I order a pair of Leahy Custom Hiking Boots? The first thing to do is order a fit kit. The kit includes special impression paper, a measuring tape in centimeters, measuring instructions, and most importantly of all, impression foam to measure both feet. The impression foam (or “crush box”) is special foam in a box which takes a precise 3D cast of the entire bottom of your foot. …