Naman Shah is a guy you will often spot at the coolest watering holes in Pune city, but by day this young entrepreneur is busy crafting magic! Cuero is the Spanish term for leather and was the perfect name for Naman and his business partner Mangesh’s custom handmade leather accessories label.
We visited their workshop, and both of us shoejunkies could not help but jump with glee at the choice of leather & designs they showed us! Moreover, since we have tiny feet the idea of custom made shoes is god sent 😀
Just in his early twenties, Naman tells us that they started by designing sling bags for women in various colors and soon realized that there was a huge opportunity in custom shoe design especially for men. This was an untapped market not only in Pune but across India. Just a year after this thought, they deliver between 20-30 custom designed shoes each month in Pune alone! From two toned brogues and ostrich leather tasseled loafers to leather sandals and ankle boots, men are starting to find some amazing options for footwear no matter their foot size! Well, women don’t need to fret, if you love brogues as much as us, they can make you a fabulous woven pair like he made for Gul Panaag. Yes, Cuero already designs for celebs 😉
Being custom and offering products only in leather, they need you to have a slightly deep pocket. Their shoes start from INR 6500 onwards and a pair of brogues can set you back between 10 – 12 k. But we signed up a deal with Cuero, if you use our reference when placing an order, they will offer a discount between 7 – 10% depending on the design you choose.
When you visit the workshop, you will see craftsmen with years of experience creating a masterpiece just for you. Naman’s partner Mangesh is a 4th generation leather manufacturer. Mangesh’s father who has 40 years of experience in shoe making technology, still carves molds for each customer. These are kept for future orders. This means, once you are Cuero-ed, no matter where you are, you can simply pick a design and have them create a shoe that is hand made for only you!
You can see more of Cuero’s work on their Facebook page, on Twitter(@ CueroLuxury) and follow them on Instagram – cuerohandcraftedluxury.
They take orders only in Pune and Mumbai as of now. Drop them a line for more info on their visits to Mumbai.