In-person measurement of your feet for custom boots is available in Santa Cruz, California. Contact to make an appointment to examine samples of my custom made boots and shoes 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, shoes or chukka boots handcrafted for you, this is the right place!
What I Offer You.
After developing your lasts, I do a fitting with a mock-up boot and your actual arch supports. Very few custom hiking boot makers offer this critical extra step! You can be certain of the fit before your actual boots are made.
I have 40 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. There is an intimate connection 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.
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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. …