This is the ultimate gentleman's gift. Unlike traditional gift vouchers, we do more than put a piece of paper in a card... we deliver your voucher in a beautiful, magnetic kraft box which you can wrap up and present as a true gift. 

This is no ordinary gift voucher...

The Gifting Experience

The beautiful thing about gifting our unique experience is that this is not instant gratification. This is something that lasts more than a moment in time. We imagine the gift experience like this... 

He opens the box. There'll be a moment of confusion as he works out what it is all about. As he begins reading his personalised letter, it becomes clearer. You have gifted him a 'design your own pair of made to measure, handmade shoes' - now watch as his face light up! I'm pretty sure his next move will be to dive onto social media or the website. He will start to play with the customiser in our online store, getting inspired by the hundreds of shoes we have crafted for other people before him. 

It's only a matter of time before he clicks the 'Book an Appointment' tab and sets a date for his visit to one of our fabulous locations. And now, the excitement truly begins.

The Anticipation

We love this bit. The wait for their appointment is very much part of the experience. He is now familiar with the brand, the styles and he will be spending many hours contemplating what he may choose. We'll email a day or two before telling him how much we're looking forward to meeting you both and offering some directions to the location of your appointment.

Your Appointment Day

Today is the day! 

Upon arrival at your studio location, we kick things off with a drink. We have booze, gins, all the coffees, all the teas... this is all part of getting into 'the mindset of choice' - we are going to design some shoes from over 2 million possible combinations, after all. 

We kick things off with the fitting. As we take the important measurements, we offer lots of education about the different styles and of course what we're looking for when it comes to the perfect fit. We can also offer advice on what style would suit his feet best. Once the fitting is done, it's the fun part! Choose a style, a colour (or colours) a texture, finish, leather, suede, textiles, what sole, monogram, shine intensity and more... Don't worry if you're not creative, we'll piece it all together one the iPad so you can see what they will look like. 

The final part is the after care. We'll talk you through and show him how to best maintain his new creations in order to keep them looking beautiful for many years to come. We will also offer reassurances in terms of our restoration services for future.

What Happens Next

This is the part we really enjoy. The anticipation. We are not Amazon; these shoes are going to be lovingly handmade specifically for him! So, sit back, relax, and be patient as we get to work crafting your beautiful bespoke design in approximately 4 to 6 weeks. 

When they are ready, we will send them out with our courier to be delivered to your home - itself a very special treat with lots of extra bonus treats. 

We have put so much love into our packaging and the big reveal moment, you'll need to see it to believe it!

So.......... what are you waiting for?


  • How much is a gift box?
  • How much are the shoes?
  • Where are you based?
  • Can I pre-book the appointment?

That is up to you. Think of it like a gift voucher - the difference is we send you so much more than a piece of paper in an envelope or a code in an email. We will send you a gift box that you can wrap up and truly gift your lucky recipient

He will receive a personalised letter from us, telling him all about how you have gifted him the experience of designing your own pair of handmade, hand dyed, made to measure shoes. There will also be some instructions included on how to book his appointment for a fitting and design consultation.But that's not all... we also include a pair of our HDSCo Italian cotton socks (worth £19.99) as a special thank you from us, our brand story and some stunning product cards, just to wet the appetite.Simply choose the amount you want to gift. Whatever you pay now, will be taken off the balance of his order (our shoes typically cost between £350 - £450. There is no charge for the appointment). 

We will send our beautiful gift box out with our courier and you'll receive tracking information via email/text.

Order Your Gift Box Here:

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It is difficult to say exactly what the end price will be because we don't know what he will choose, but our shoes range from £350-450 on average depending on what he chooses. This is why we cap the gift box at £399. If his order did not reach £399 and you have paid for a £399 gift box, we would reimburse you the difference at the end of your appointment. If you need to top up to your gift box, we will also settle this at the end of the appointment.

Our main studio is in County Durham. Durham is a beautiful city and we have many customers every week travel from all around the UK to visit us. Our studio is based in a beautiful, early 19thC former schools called Ushaw College - a stunning estate where thousands of boys once lived and were educated in on their way stardom as Catholic priests. The chapel alone with well worth the trip and as a guest of ours, entry is free to this incredible venue for your appointment.

And don't worry about accommodation either if you are travelling far. We have converted the former President's Suite, across the hall from our design studio, into a wonderful Hand Dyed Shoe Company themed apartment which you can rent as part of our Shoes & Snooze offering - a great way of making this whole experience extra special and unique. 

If you can't make it to Durham, we also have a stockists in London, Yorkshire and Dubai who have a small collection of our shoes and who are trained to offer you a consultation and experience similar to our Durham offering.

Durham:   The Hand Dyed Shoe Company, The President's Gallery, Ushaw Estate, Durham, DH7 9RH

London:    McCann Bespoke, 34-36 Lime St, Langbourn, London EC3M 7AT

Yes, of course. If you want to get organised, simply order a gift box (which we will be with you within 48 hours) and pre-book the appointment here: