Maître Bottier - Dimitri Gomez.
Dimitri Gomez is a lover of shoes and a craftsman at heart. He began his career working with the famous shoemaker Di Mauro where his passion for shoes flourished. Dimitri then moved to work under Pierre Capobianco for the prima ballerinas of Opera Garnier. In 1998, Thierry Duhesme and Jonathan Jones opened the first Crockett & Jones store in Paris in La Madeleine district. Thierry suggested to Dimitri that he set up his workshop within the store: this was the start of a relationship that continues today, under the gaze of curious and passionate customers.
Dimitri has had a fascinating career, and he has formed great companionship with his greatest masters over the years. He is a talented craftsman, proud to carry a rare and noble profession. Working alone with a healthy respect for the most traditional art of shoemaking, he is a ‘Master’ in the five core processes needed to hand-craft the finest footwear: Fitting, Last Making, Pattern Cutting, Closing and Bottom Making. Usually these disciplines are split between 3 or 4 different hand-makers, who specialise in only one or two areas of the shoemaking process.
From a classic Oxford to the most eccentric of styles, full bespoke offers endless possibilities. By following time honoured shoemaking traditions, and utilising the most appropriate and beautiful materials, Dimitri's shoes are made to last.
“The most important part of a shoes is what the eye cannot see.” says Mr Gomez who makes every component by hand; from the heel counter to the thread, to the lasts that follow the exact anatomy of the moving foot.
Full Bespoke is a physical and highly skilled discipline, with a minimum of 60 hours of work required to produce the first pair of shoes for a new customer. At the first consultation, the customer’s aspirations are discussed and measurements taken. Once agreed, the customer chooses the material, colour and sole along with any fine bespoke details that may be desired. Next, the Master Shoemaker creates the wooden form or last, in accordance with the customer’s foot shape and requested style. He can then get to work on the patterns by artistically scribing the customer’s style on the last.
The Crockett & Jones Parisian flagship offers a Bespoke Service for men and women who dream of owning a pair of bespoke shoes. From the first meeting with Mr Gomez, a special relationship is born between an artisan and his customer. It takes around 4 months to complete a first pair and prices start from 3,300€.