Seems like every time I whine about there not being a lot of shoe designers, one comes crawling out of the woodwork. This time it's Jeff Mandel's ExIT Shoes, a one-man operation of handmade shoes in inner southeast Portland. Mandel is no joke:


It looks like most of his work is men's shoes, but he has made a couple forays into women's shoes as well:



And he recently made his first pair of bike shoes:


Mandel is serious about fit. He has his clients wear a pair of trial shoes for a week to make sure the fit is working correctly before making the actual order, and the entire process can take more than a month. They are $800 a pair (though you only have to come up with half of that up front), but they will be made to fit you perfectly and can last up to 20 years.