My Customized Ferragamo Shoes That I Don’t Plan To Buy Yet

Here at Finance MD, I advocate investing and smart spending. However, the reason why we have to manage our finances wisely is to ultimately enjoy the fruits of our labor.

One good way to spend your labor’s fruits is to buy some really cool high quality brand name shoes. It would be nice if you can customize and personalize them too. If you read further, there’s an arbitrage opportunity in these shoes somehow.

Here’s my own customized, personalized Salvatore Ferragamo shoe – that I don’t plan to buy yet. 

Customized Ferragamo shoes for thefinancemd
Fruits of Investment? Customized Salvatore Ferragamo driver shoe for (see the inscription above). Calfskin driver shoe in Ultramarine with metallic Cherry hardware and Cherry soles. Image created at


Want to create your own customized, personalized Ferragamo driver shoes? The best part is you don’t actually need to buy it, if you don’t want to. Here’s how!


Go to the Salvatore Ferragamo shoe configurator website here and click on the link that says “customize your own driver”. You will end up in a site which looks like this:

material choices for Ferragamo Customized Driver Shoes
Crocs will cost you. Material choices for Ferragamo customized driver shoes. This is a Mocca croc shoe with bright gold hardware and brown sole. Image created at


You will first choose the material for your shoes. The price and time of delivery will depend on this. Crocodile will cost you USD 2,400 and will take 13 weeks to arrive. Ostrich is at USD 2,000 and will take 12 weeks. Both suede and calfskin cost USD 750 and will take 11 weeks. The calfskin and suede options are the only realistic options for me price-wise.

The next step is to choose the color. Calfskin and suede offer the most color choices (ten). Croc is available in six, while ostrich is available in six.

Ferragamo Customized Calfskin Lemon Drop Shoes
Very Minion-like! Ferragamo customized calfskin Lemon Drop driver shoe with Metallic Blue hardware and blue sole. Image created at


The next step is to choose the hardware. Some colors offer more choices of hardware. The next step is to get the sole. Unfortunately, given your choice of material, color and hardware, the sole choice is made by the system for you. The sole looks cool by the way.

Soles Ferragamo Driver Shoes
The soles you almost don’t want to use for walking. Black sole on an orange-red suede Ferragamo driver shoe. Image created at


The last step in customizing your shoe is adding your name on it. You can use your real name or you can put your domain name like me. Sadly, only letters and the period symbol are allowed, so twitter handles or hashtags aren’t possible. You can be as formal or as douchey as you like with your twenty-character limit.

What more annoying way to announce that you’re rich or you’ve been successful in the financial markets than by inscribing “King of the world” in your customized Ferrgamo ostrich shoes?

Ferragamo personalized "king of the world" shoes
Douchey way to personalize shoes. What’s more douchey? Taking off your shoe to show the inscription to someone. Ferragamo customized Tobacco ostrich shoe with graphite hardware and brown sole. Image created at


Fun Fact: Leonardo played two famous self-proclaimed “King of the world” roles. Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997) and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

Read a previous blog post of mine featuring The Wolf of Wall Street here. That post tackled so-called “investment pieces”.

I think these customized shoes qualify as “investment pieces”. First, the shoes will probably last you a very long time. Second, they’re a good way to enjoy the fruits of your investments.


I’m not ready to splurge on these shoes yet. However, I see an arbitrage opportunity here actually. Read about arbitrage here. The calfskin and suede shoes from the European website (Italia – where the shoes are actually made and where Ferragamo is based) costs only EUR 550 as compared to USD 750 in the United States Ferragamo website.

By current exchange rates (as of 8/1/2015), the shoe should cost only around USD 605. By buying the shoe in Euros, you’ll save in the ballpark of 20%.

If I decide to buy these shoes, I’ll be buying them in an advantageous currency they’re available in. Right now it is the Euro.


Arbitrage shoes? See? There’s another reason why these shoes are “investment” pieces – and they have my name on them.


– Finance, M.D.,




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Finance, M.D.

Finance, M.D. is a practicing physician who dabbles in finance and investment. He has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams, all in his first attempts.

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