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René van den Berg

Beijerinckstraat 13

2132 SV Hoofddorp

tel. +31(0)6 51159179


  Shoe studio  
Specializing in designing and manufacturing tailor-made shoes for creative professionals and private individuals, René van den Berg carries on a family tradition of shoemaking which dates back to 1902.

Building on his thorough background as orthopedic shoe technician, René set up his workshop for tailor-made shoes in 1992. It is here where he combines his creativity and designer skills with extensive knowledge on feet, materials and shoemaking techniques.

Among others René has collaborated with Thierry Mugler, JANTAMINIAU, Ilja Visser, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties.

Please don't hesitate to contact René when you're in need of exceptional footwear for your fashion show, tv commercial, music video, feature film or theatre production.

In addition René works as a teacher in traditional shoemaking at the DSA, the Dutch Shoe Academy, centre of excellence for craftsmanship.

In order to explore new shoe boundaries, René founded, in collaboration with Karin Janssen, a new company called A SHOE CAN BE…

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  René van den Berg  

"Since the beginning of my career I have been exploring the boundaries of what is technically feasible.

I feel a great personal drive to innovate. Various materials inspire me to experiment.

The shape of a piece of jewellery, a plant or the skin of a reptile can trigger me to create a new pair of shoes”