Millau was born from the minds of fashion-industry veterans sick of the disposability of the retail shoe model, and eager to bring back the proud tradition of craftsmanship in men’s footwear. Our artisans modeled shoes are an art form, and should be treated that way.
That’s why we want to have a personal relationship with you. We don’t believe in middlemen. We sell directly to you, cutting out the shipper's, distributors, warehouses, and storefronts that traditionally raise the price of shoes, allowing us to offer you premium quality pairs for a fraction of the price.
By cutting out those distractions, we can pay a living wage to the skilled artisans who hand-make our shoes. Drawing on Spain’s centuries-old traditions of shoemaking and leatherwork, our shoemakers transform Italian leather into durable, high-quality shoes.
The definition of a smart shoe, our Oxfords offer a classic take on elevated style and comfort.
Comfort and style come together with our hand-crafted take on sleek, modern loafer.
Versatile enough to dress up or down, our classic monks are a must-have for any wardrobe
We believe in construction that harkens back to when men’s footwear was meant to last. It is the oldest and most labor-intensive way to make shoes, but it’s an investment into footwear that we outlive any other pair in your collection. And because it’s an investment, you get top quality service. We recognize that seeing shoes in a photo is not the same as trying them on your feet. Whether the fit isn’t quite right or the color isn’t what they believe it would be, our customers can return their shoes, no questions asked. We will even cover the return shipping costs.
In addition to providing you an expertly crafted pair of shoes, we believe that every sole should help a soul. That’s why every pair you buy has 10% of it’s profits donated to charities to help families in need in New York City. This city has given us so much, it’s only right that we give back to others who are struggling to make their dreams happen.
A process called Goodyear Welt Construction is what allows our shoes to last for years, well after most soles would wear away. It is a process where a strip of leather is stitched to the upper and insole of the shoe using two separate threads. The soles are locked-stitched to the welts which allow the shoe to be dismantled, repaired and re-soled if need be.
To get the timeless look and feel of our Millau shoes, we work exclusively with full-grain upper leather and leather line cushion insoles. The full-grain resists moisture, remains firm, and provides a “fresh out of the box” look for many years of wear. The cushion insole keeps the inside of the shoe breathable, while maintaining arch support, so no matter what event you’re running to, your feet will never feel it.
After funding is secured for Millau, we believe we can have all backer’s sizes, requests and needs documented and into production. Production by our artisan shoemakers will then take 8–10 weeks and shipping approximately 3 weeks total.
In April 2019, we will be fully stocked and prepared to start shipping direct to consumers.
We care deeply about protecting the quality and integrity of your shoes throughout the production and shipping process and take great pride in ensuring your shoes arrive as fast as possible without any damage or delays.
We like to think that Millau was born decades ago when our founder Samuel was just a boy touring his parents’ shoe factories in Italy and Spain, soaking the craftsmanship of their shoemakers into his DNA.
Through a lifetime of research and appreciation, paired with a love for modern disruptive business, Samuel built a brand that brings together the best of the old and the new. To assure that our supporters receive the very best service, we bolstered our team with experts who have extensive experience in footwear logistics and distribution.
This is our third Kickstarter campaign and we are more prepared than ever to continue surpassing our backer's expectations. We have faced and overcome many challenges, and always deliver for our backers.
We are excited to share our new products and vision with the world!
Excellence. We have spent countless hours scouring Europe to find the best shoemakers and the finest materials to ensure our shoes and sneakers always uphold the highest standards of quality, luxury, and durability. We spared no expense to make sure that you will get only the best.
Affordability. By implementing a disruptive business model that delivers your shoes straight from the artisan's hands to your doorsteps, we eliminate the need for retailers, wholesalers, and other middlemen. This means you get shoes with world-class workmanship at unbeatable prices.
Support. Your commitment to us is the start of a long, beautiful relationship. We are committed to delivering amazing products and communicating with you every step of the way. You will get regular updates as we fund, produce, and ship out your one-of-a-kind shoes and our team will be available to you when you need us no questions asked.
Consistency. Millau shoes are handcrafted and hand dyed, meaning that no two pairs are identical. However, each pair goes through a thorough inspection process to assure the quality you expect from a world-class luxury brand.
Experience & Reliability. Our company was founded by a team with a lifetime of experience in the luxury footwear industry. We don't make commitments that we can't honor. We have the infrastructure to assure a smooth process from taking your order thru delivery. We want to be your go-to brand for all things men's luxury, and we will earn your confidence. We stand behind our work.
Risks and challenges
Because we have worked hard to cut out the middlemen in the supply chain process, we believe the risks are extremely low for Millau. We work with a network of highly experienced and incredibly skilled artisans and textile vendors who are thoroughly vetted to ensure our footwear is always the absolute highest quality available.
We believe that over time, by providing exceptional products and impeccable customer service at a reasonable price point within the luxury fashion industry, we can disrupt the traditional retail model while developing a trusted reputation among a highly engaged core customer base.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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