Stepping out in Beneduci’s shoes! Bespoke San Francisco, Part 2



Walking into Beneduci’s sunny showroom and workshop on San Jose Avenue in San Francisco, I feel like I’ve stumbled onto a hidden treasure.


From the quality of the shoes to the level of care for the customers, it’s clear that the owner and master craftsman Frank Beneduci really puts his heart and sole into crafting U.S. made shoes.


Trained at Milan’s ARS Sutoria Schin, he is in love with the American shoe-making technology and manufacturing methods of the 1930s and 40s. So this passion has led him on a hunt for authentic 1940s shoe-making equipment, which has taken him to all corners of the United States.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The leather he uses to make the shoes is largely from Italy. So by combining US technology with European leather, Beneduci creates high quality designs in the workshop, which is visible from the showroom. If you’re really lucky, he may even let you take a closer look at his 1940’s era shoe machinery still in service.


Beneduci’s shoes, which range in price from $500 to $1,500, run the gamut in styles for both genders, from a classic Chester derby to knee-high Nancy motorcycle boots, wingtips and everything in between. The average shoe takes up to 20 hours to make and are made to last.


It’s really nice to see the resurgence in popularity of American brands that are still made in America, and a greater interest in smaller American-made brands like his.



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    June 15, 2016 at 1:25 am


  • Jolina
    June 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    This is an almost lost art. So glad there are people/businesses still at it.

  • Mutange
    June 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Sounds interesting but the price caught me off guard. From the article it means he takes a lot of time on the shoes so as to make them better and long lasting

  • Jessica
    June 16, 2016 at 7:50 am

    The boots are too gorgeous and the designs are impressively unique.

  • Natasha Mairs
    June 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I have never thought about how they make shoes and boots. This was very intresting to read about

  • theCuriousPixie
    June 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I’m obsessed with shoes, such a fab post. do hard to find fantastic shoemakers now.

  • Nicolas Puegher
    June 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I feel nostalgic for some reason, that’s quite an art and a lot of talent. Thanks for sharing with us, love the pictures 🙂

  • Ivelisse
    June 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Such great quality photos! Very interesting read.

  • lilytravella
    June 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is so interesting. It’s one of those things you never think about! Great shoes and really great photography. This is such an interesting read!

  • Dom
    June 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Wow! These shoes look beautifully made!

  • Emma
    June 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I love this!! I have a shoe addiction!! Beautiful post 🙂

  • Sheena
    June 17, 2016 at 4:49 am

    The whole shoe-making process is incredible to me. I love that he’s using older equipment, makes them feel more authentic and new vintage!

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you CONTESSA! I LOVE you blog and am seriously in love with your son’s pig.

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks Jiolina for following along!

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Benedict says you can replace the heal etc. on his shoes at least 6 times. My husband has custom made shoes that still look good after 20 years, therefore justifying the cost. Thanks for following along!

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Glad you like them. Thanks for following along!

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 3:39 am

    I appreciate your input! Thanks for following Ali g!

  • Dreammerin
    June 18, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Amazing post! Beautiful experience! Thanks for sharing with us! Love all pictures!

  • janella panchamsingh
    June 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    the craftmanship in making shoes in so unique and so much love goes into making them

  • Jennifer L | Modern Chic
    June 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

    wow how amazing is the craftmanship in making those stunning shoes. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Ana De- Jesus
    June 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    The level of craftmanship and detail that goes into making these bespoke shoes is incredible. The designs look very vintage.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks Jessica for your comment.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    The Curious Pixie is such a great name! Thanks for your comment!

  • courtney
    June 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    It’s so fascinating to see how shoes are made. It’s really a true art form and you can see the passion through your photos!

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Sheena for your nice comments! Glad you’re following,

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks Emma for your positive comments. So happy you’re following along!

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Yes, they are certainly well made. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the photographs. I think I’m getting better at taking them as time goes on. Thanks for your comments!

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for your nice comments. I love the name the CuriousPixie.

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks Natasha!