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L.A. may not be a pedestrian-friendly town, but it’s got plenty of sole. Here, five shoemaker-extraordinaires fashioning the city’s finest footwear.

A pair of shoes in progress for actor Kenneth Branagh, one of the many celebrities G.J. Cleverly & Co. counts among its clientele

1. The Left Shoe Company
Armed with client input, this bespoke shoemaker blends cutting-edge technology (3-D foot scans) and old-style technique (artisan design, handcrafted workmanship) for a truly fine fit. 8473D Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.944.0764,

2. G.J. Cleverley & Co.
Serving customers overseas for upwards of 50 years, this classic shoe-crafter makes biannual sojourns stateside, including one Oct. 11 and 14, at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.275.5200,

3. Grisha's Custom Shoes
Mastering the art of shoemaking, the namesake of this custom operation, established over the last 40 years, is a man dedicated to his craft—hence the array of footwear necessities (specialized orthopedics included) on offer. 2807 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, 818.955.8085,  

4. Don Ville
This classic-style shoemaker boasts a three-tiered concept: ready-to-wear, made-to-measure and bespoke footwear. Though almost sure to find a sole-mate, one can always be made. 1174 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.932.9874,

5. Ballard Custom Footwear
Custom, made-to-order and by appointment only are all signs that strut-stylizer Ballard is ratcheting up the pro-approach and exclusivity factor from its small showroom on Sunset Boulevard. 7805 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.876.7308,