René van den Berg

Specializing in designing and manufacturing tailor-made shoes for the creative industry and private individuals, René van den Berg carries on a family tradition of shoemaking which dates back to 1902. Building on his thorough background as orthopedic shoe technician, René set up his workshop for tailor-made shoes in 1992. It is here where he combines his creativity and designer skills with extensive knowledge on feet, materials and shoemaking techniques to create the shoes you need.

Among others René has collaborated with Walter van Beirendonck, Thierry Mugler, JANTAMINIAU, Ilja Visser, Chris Donovan, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties.

In 2019 René founded the René van den Berg Academy. Master shoe maker René van den Berg opened the doors of his studio in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, for anyone who wants to join shoe-related courses and workshops. More information at

Photo by Charlotte Visser.

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