NYC Menswear Shops
by Jared Flint, 06/04/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
10 Christopher St., 212-989-4577, West Village, Manhattan
Enjoy a taste of London's Jermyn Street right in the heart of the West Village. This bespoke haven stocks nothing but meticulously crafted, handmade footwear. Spartan interiors showcase dress shoes from Edward Green and Alden and offerings from Leffot's American-made private label. There's a distinctly refreshing lack of pretense here; owner Steven Taffel will gladly explain the mechanics of each shoe's construction while teaching you the differences between, say, Goodyear and Blake construction. But the reason Leffot has earned its loyal customer base is its made-to-measure program. Orders are taken year-round and the turnaround is unusually quick. It's worth visiting during one of its many trunk shows, when brands like John Lobb come by to take custom orders and pour some nice scotch—a sublime shopping experience.