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In-person measurement of your feet for custom boots is available in Santa Cruz, California. Contact to make an appointment.
I offer custom boots by casting your feet, having the casts 3D laser scanned in Germany, and then wooden lasts (foot forms) are carved by computer to the scans of your feet. Then I hand make your boots using traditional European techniques around your custom computer-generated lasts. New! Custom boots from computer-milled lasts are now available by mail order! A Fit Kit can be ordered here.
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 chukka boots handcrafted for you, this is the right place!
What I Have to Offer You
After developing your lasts, I do a fitting with a fitting boot and your actual arch supports. Very few custom hiking boot makers offer this critical extra step! You can check the fit before your actual boots are made.
I have 40 years experience in making custom hiking boots 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 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. …