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Today, custom men's shoe store Ildikó Gál makes its debut on Madison Avenue between 67th and 68th, not far from where Michael Kors is vbusy renovating the Emanual Ungaro boutique. If you've ever wanted custom shoes made by a combination of high-tech footwear robots and third-generation Hungarian cobblers—or if you're just intrigued by the concept of digital socks—then this is definitely a place you should visit.
How it works: Put on the special socks and stick your foot in their scanner, which will create a 3D image taking into account things like pressure points and stance. Using the image, Ildikó Gál's shoemakers will construct a last reflecting everything they need to know about your feet. Then they'll put together a pair of shoes using artisanal methods and luxe materials. After about six weeks, you'll receive the shoes packed in silk bags inside a custom wooden box. They'll even throw in custom shoe trees and a shoe-care kit (polish, a bristle brush, etc), just for kicks.
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· Ildikó Gál [Official Site]