Shoe with small ecological footprint

Makerszoon, the Netherlands (2019)

The concept of this cool, quirky shoe comes from René van den Berg, a fourth generation shoemaker. His ‘Makerszoon’ label combines great walking comfort with minimal environmental impact. Only a limited number of materials is used in the construction of the shoe and all leather is vegetable tanned in European tanneries. These precious materials are efficiently used, no stock is kept and all shoes are tailor-made on demand. To further reduce the environmental impact, Makerszoon shoes are produced locally; handmade in the workshop of the craftsman. In the region Utrecht, the Netherlands, by Wout who let's the customer participate in the process. 


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Wout makes perfect fitting art

Adriaan van Overbeeke, Amersfoort 2021


Full of admiration for Wout’s shoemaking craftsmanship I’ve had the honor to have handmade shoes fitted. Wout’s enthousiastic and passionate way of working has made it possible to follow the entire shoemaking process closely. As “artesian shoemaking” is his calling I have been very fortunate to be part of it. At times my patience has been tested and last month he finally finished my shoes. Leaving my personal shoe last on the shelf in Wout’s studio, waiting for the next, unique pair of shoes.

Wout has his own perfectionist way in his designs and making which results in very unique shoes. They fit like a glove, all leather made and extremely comfortable to wear, even barefoot.

Wout, you’ve created another masterpiece for a very satisfied customer! Thanks a lot and good luck with the completion of your shoe design degree. If it were up to me you would be a member of the Shoemaker Guild worth mentioning.

Ruud Gries, Silvolde 2021


Beautiful shoes! I haven't taken them off since I started wearing them. They fit so well!

Paul de Goede, Amersfoort 2021


I admire sustainable craftmanship. My choice of shoes are the ones that combine a good fit with great looks. That is what appealled to me in Wout’s designs and knowing it is all customized, the choice was easily made. It is very nice to witness the entire shoemaking process from A to Z resulting in an unique pair of shoes!

Wolf Creemers, Amersfoort 2020


I always valued good shoes. With this pair of shoes from Wout I bought my most 'personal' ones ever. Personal because they have been shaped on my own last, because I was involved in their creation, because they have the look and the associated environmental philosophy appeals to me.

Wichard Bieze, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (2019)


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