Founded in 1883, Jan Kielman is an authentic and traditional Polish shoemaker. During its 130 years of history, the brand and its family has experienced and witnessed some of the most dramatic and tragic events of the 20th Century.
For instance, they endured the 1920 Polish-Soviet War as well as the German Occupation during the Second World War during which the workshop was destroyed.
Undeterred by all these challenges, the brand never mechanised and remained loyal to its handmade workshop roots. Today, the workshop is owned and managed by Maciej Kielman and his wife, Monika.
Jan Kielman’s approach to bespoke shoe-making is astonishingly affordable thanks to both Polish shoe-making tradition and their 21st-Century approach. Firstly, clients are provided instructions on how to take their own foot measurements, which are then submitted online.
Following that, the shoes are directly crafted without the intermediary step of a fitting. Consequently, a client can quickly receive quality bespoke shoes for less than $1,000!