Atienza divides his clients into two camps: the men who wear only handmade shoes, and the aficionados, who always keep their footwear in impeccable condition. “They are the male version of women who collect jewelry,” he says. Atienza once helped a client who wanted shoes that were inspired by a turtle. (The solution: an apron of crocodile with white stitching to mimic the edge of the shell.)
As of yet, none of the customers for Lobb’s famous “double-monk-strap Williams” have asked Atienza to make a pair two sizes too small. But that may change now that Pete Doherty has extra time on his hands.