“Shoes are like puzzles Every single part can be shaped and arranged in an infinite number of ways and I am in control” René van den Berg ABOUT 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 Walter van Beirendonck, Thierry Mugler, JANTAMINIAU, Ilja Visser, Chris Donovan, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. In addition René works as a teacher in traditional shoemaking at the DSA, the Dutch Shoe Academy, centre of excellence for craftsmanship. THE PROCESSBRAINSTORMING01Finding solutions to the clients challenges by gathering thoughts, materials, ideas and shapes. SKETCH + DESIGN02Creating 2D drawings from various angles to visualise the intended product. SHAPESTUDY 03 Building a basic wearable 3D model to test it’s function and to show what the product will look like in it’s actual dimensions. PROTOTYPING 04Creating the real product that meets up to all requirements of shape, function and materials. DEVELOPMENT 05Creating all necessary parts such as the molds, lasts and patterns for reproduction on a bigger scale. COLLABORATIONS AllADVERTISINGBESPOKECOUTUREFREEWORK and ARTMUSICALSPROJECTSILJA VISSERCOUTURECHRIS DONOVANBESPOKE, PROJECTSANOUK WIPPRECHTBESPOKE, PROJECTSHEINEKEN/LEWADVERTISING, PROJECTSJANTAMINIAUCOUTURETHIERRY MUGLERCOUTUREART OF VANITYBESPOKE, COUTURE, PROJECTSMART VISSER/HINDBESPOKE, COUTURE, PROJECTSNDTIIIPROJECTSORSON+BODILCOUTUREJOOP VAN DEN ENDE THEATERPRODUCTIESMUSICALSUnivéADVERTISINGKLAVERS VAN ENGELENBESPOKE, COUTUREVICTORIA KOBLENKOBESPOKELEANIE VAN DER VYVERPROJECTSANNE POESENPROJECTSEELKO MOORERPROJECTSESTHER DORHOUT MEESCOUTUREJANNE KYTTANEN/3D SYSTEMSPROJECTSRUSHEMY BOTTERCOUTUREMILK INC.BESPOKESPECIAL OCCASIONSBESPOKERODRIGO OTAZUBESPOKE, PROJECTSMAKERSZOONBESPOKERANDOM TIPS CUSTOM MADE SHOES, THE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE SALE You have all seen the ASSIMILA shoes during the Haute Couture Presentations one year ago in Paris. Only... Continue Reading CONTOUR GAUGE A contour gauge is a simple, but smart tool that will make your life as a shoemaker a... Continue Reading NARROW CUTTING BOARD How to make a narrow cutting board. Wait, what is a narrow cutting board? It is a selfmade... Continue Reading FLEXIBLE WORKSPACE I have a 4x8 meter workspace. This means there is not much room to install all of my... Continue Reading WORKSHOP HEELS HEELS During this one-day workshop you will learn how to create a heel that fits your last. We... Continue Reading WORKSHOP MOLDS MOLDS Because it is quite difficult to make 2 identical heels, I have set up the workshop mold... Continue Reading NOISE Punching holes can be a noisy activity. Try placing some solid material underneath your cutting board. In my... Continue Reading SHOEMAKING STARTS WITH FEET The human foot is built up out of 26 bones which makes it the bodypart with the highest... Continue Reading CUSTOM HEADING TITLE GOES HERE Ut elit nisl, efficitur sit amet augue ut, venenatis lobortis est. Nullam luctus sapien eu enim tristique porta. Nulla quis libero magna. Morbi ultrices nunc lacus, eu ultricies urna suscipit non. Aliquam rutrum sem eu sapien bibendum efficitur. Donec nisl nunc, suscipit et sollicitudin sed, vulputate at urna. Proin tincidunt iaculis maximus. Praesent aliquam orci sed augue euismod, eu tincidunt quam convallis. Sed eget erat scelerisque, scelerisque odio eu, sodales dui. Sed sed enim sed enim rhoncus commodo. Nunc vehicula faucibus elit ac tempus. Nullam quis orci rhoncus, dignissim mi eget, placerat massa. Aliquam rutrum sem eu sapien bibendum efficitur. Donec nisl nunc, suscipit et sollicitudin sed, vulputate at urna. Proin tincidunt iaculis maximus. Praesent aliquam orci sed augue euismod, eu tincidunt quam convallis. Sed eget erat scelerisque, scelerisque odio eu, sodales dui. Sed sed enim sed enim rhoncus commodo. Nunc vehicula faucibus elit ac tempus. Nullam quis orci rhoncus, dignissim mi eget, placerat massa.