"Norman Vilalta is one of my favourite bespoke artisans. Enthusiastic, talented and down-to-earth. His creations can often be fantastical, but he also does a nice line in conservative shoes with little touches of personality."
Norman Vilalta offers the finest quality men’s leather shoes and boots made in Spain. Originally from Patagonia, Norman studied law and like many of his peers from school he pursued a comfortable life as a corporate lawyer. It wasn´t until the age of 31 that he realized that the artistic aspects of life were missing in his work. He yearned for an opportunity that would allow him to create and contribute to the world. He always had an appreciation and interest in shoe making but didn´t have a path to get there.
In 2004 Norman made the bold decision to move halfway across the world to Florence, Italy. It was in Florence where he studied as an apprentice for a number of master shoemakers, including renown shoemaker Stefano Bemer. It was in Florence where he learned the art of handmade shoes.
For the first 10 years of Norman´s career, he worked exclusively as a bespoke shoemaker for clients from around the globe. This gave him the opportunity to work with feet of all sizes, shapes, and forms, and helped him to develop a deep understanding of every aspect of shoe making. From working with different types of leathers, to hand and Goodyear welting, to developing his own patinas and color combinations, Norman perfected every process and mastered the craft.
In 2014, Norman decided that it was time to reach a broader audience. Norman took a year off from working with clients to apply his bespoke shoe making experience to engineer a ready-to-wear last. His goal was to develop a last that could bring the fit of a bespoke shoe to a much wider audience. Since then, Norman has launched an extensive line of ready-to-wear shoes and boots that have the fit and hand finishing of a bespoke shoe and include Norman´s signature hand made patinas. His ready-to-wear shoes have been featured in publications such as Esquire, GQ, T Magazine, and Monocle and they are worn by men from around the world who have a deep appreciation of the art and craft of shoemaking.
All of Norman Vilalta´s leather shoes and boots are designed in Barcelona, Goodyear welted, hand finished, and proudly made in Spain.
Visit our atelier and men’s shoe store in Barcelona where you can see the full collection of Goodyear welted men’s leather shoes and boots as well as watch our artisans make and professionally finish shoes by hand.
Meet Norman Vilalta in person, get sized in our lasts, and try on a selection of our shoes. You will be able to see our full ready-to-wear collection as well as examples of our bespoke, made-to-order, and custom men’s footwear. Walk ins are always accepted. Appointments are recommended if you are interested in bespoke and made-to-order.