SevillaSmith

Truly Handlasted Shoes~ shoes made to order just for you...feel free to customize the design and personalize the shoe (sorry, no made to measures) ⚡️WANDERING shoes: Be at ease exploring the World; light, flexible, versatile.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 1344 Sales

SevillaSmith

Truly Handlasted Shoes~ shoes made to order just for you...feel free to customize the design and personalize the shoe (sorry, no made to measures) ⚡️WANDERING shoes: Be at ease exploring the World; light, flexible, versatile.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1344 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Follow my making process, progress, and promotions on Instagram @SevillaSmith
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I focus on styles ideal in comfort and design for exploring the world...please enjoy and feel free to change the leathers or add a design element that reflects your style. That's the beauty of handcrafted to order!

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Last updated on Jan 5, 2016

Follow my making process, progress, and promotions on Instagram @SevillaSmith
See the Etsy Feature about the shop
https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-sevilla-smith/
I focus on styles ideal in comfort and design for exploring the world...please enjoy and feel free to change the leathers or add a design element that reflects your style. That's the beauty of handcrafted to order!

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Hand dyed leather from Italy...full of beautiful nuance and richness. Offered as handmade to order shoes.
We have custom painting options for our classic Sandy Undyed as well!
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About

A story of primitive modern shoes

Hi there! I'm Faye Sevilla Smith, homemade shoemaker living out of my suitcase with my professor husband and 7 year old son (it's a VERY big suitcase). Just kidding, but not really...we live part of the year in Philadelphia and the other part in Barcelona.

I spend 3-9 months a year traveling, being inspired by things and people around me. The thing about traveling so much, you are simultaneously inspired aesthetically, yet you have a yearning to have less "stuff". You appreciate so much simple, daily beauty and become increasingly selective about the things that you call "mine". But most importantly, you always ache for comfortable shoes. While travelling, I see people around the world completely at ease in their singular, slow fashion pair of shoes, cherished, loved, and lived in. I find that utilitarian simplicity and versatility in the shoes of people in places like Marrekech and Africa absolutely inspirational. Their shoes need to be appropriate in so many varied situations and I think the modern person wants their shoes to be the same. So I try to design shoes that are at ease in the many wonderful situations that we find ourselves in.

I worked as a costume supervisor on films for almost 20 years. My process for coming up with a design is still very similar to my film work. I start with a character, or often a friend, and think of their personality and style, their wardrobe, their day to day lives. From there I think of which shoes they would wear and sketch it on anything I can find, a fairly identical beginning process for film costuming. I draw out the design on a shoe last to make my patterns. The first prototype I make is always in my size (perks!) so I can test drive it for a while to see if it's really livable and lovable. So here I offer my shoes that I make in the attic of my house in Philadelphia, and sometimes in an apartment in Barcelona, possibly even a Riad in Marrakech.

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  • Faye Sevilla Smith

    Owner, Designer, Shoemaker

    After 18 yrs as a film costumer, dressing actors, travelling, and spending most of my time on my feet. My soul ached for wonderfully beautiful, timeless, comfortable shoes. I design modern shoes in primitive ways, shoes meant for loving over time.

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Last updated on May 5, 2017
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Sizing Info

***EU size/ US size/ UK Size/Length of insole***
35EU/5-5.5US/3.5-4UK/up to 231mm
36EU/6US/4.5UK/up to 236mm
37EU/6.5-7US/5-5.5UK/up to 244mm
38EU/7.5US/6UK/up to 249mm
39EU/8-8.5US/6.5-7UK/up to 257mm
40EU/9-9.5US/7.5-8UK/up to 266mm
41EU/10-10.5US/8.5UK/up to 271mm
42EU/11-11.5US/9.5UK/up to 279mm
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To be honest, the length measurement is not truly the best indicator of your shoe size as each foot has such 3dimensional needs. The best is to use your most typical shoe size that you buy. If you are between sizes, then pick the smaller of the two as hand lasted leather is meant to fit snugly and mold to your foot's need.
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see FAQ instructions on how to measure length

How to measure your length?

If you would like the length to compare, then the best way to measure your feet at home is to tape a piece of paper on the floor against a wall (avoid wall molding). Stand with your heel firmly against the wall and have someone else mark the tip of your longest toe. Measure the end of the paper to the mark.
When measuring the length of your feet, keep in mind a comfortable fit is 3 dimensional, not just length. The diference between sizes can be as little as 5mm so it is best to have someone else measure you instead of doing yourself to minimize error.
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My length is different from my size I usually wear?

Typically if one measures in length smaller than the size they typically wear, it could be for a variety of reasons:

1-incorrect measuring (very difficult to measure one's self correctly and there is as few as 3mm difference in length between sizes

2-While you measure a particular size in length, the volume that your foot needs is of the size you typically wear. In that case, I would recommend going with the smaller of your "off the rack" size. For example, if you usually wear an 8.5 or 9 US, then you should order a 8.5 or 39 (8-8.5) with my shoes.
When in between, it depends on the style and leather you choose, just email me and let me know which you are thinking about. A snug fit is ideal.

Custom and personalized orders

Unless you wear a size Wide off the rack we do not typically recommend it.

But many people do go thru their whole lives inadvertantly sizing up for their width by going up a size altogether. While this is fine for shoes with stiffeners, shoes with no stiffeners should be snug for a proper fit.
If you find that your length is actually a size smaller than you ever wear, then I would recommend that size lasted wide. For wide lasting, we add some volume to our shoe molds at the width and towards the toes. Essentially, the leather has more volume across the width, but not necessarily wider footbed (much like a sock).