We choose authenticity over everything.
Because for us, authenticity is everything.
It’s the substance that transforms a design into a classic.
Changes style into something iconic and timeless.
Authenticity is hard to define. Yet it’s unmistakeable once you’ve found it.
You feel it. Instantly.
It sparks stories, adds character, adds meaning.
Authenticity gives life to soul.
Can make objects seem alive.
We search for it. We find it. We embrace it. Then, we celebrate it.
You are cordially invited to celebrate it with us.
Our client's stories
It was a great experience. Thank you for everything Dennis. For being really helpful and checking every detail. The Galway's are just great and fit like a glove. No doubt that I will be looking for more pairs in the future.
Mehmet (Madrid, Spain)
Extremely pleased with the service The Hand provided when purchasing my first Galway’s. The quality of this boot is rare, they fit like a glove and I have seldom seen better service. The personal service and eye for detail delivered by Dennis was beyond my expectations. What a wonderful experience!
Joep (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Wearing my new mushroom suede Edward Green’s for the first time, I managed to ruin the left shoe by spilling olive oil, leaving a large stain as a result. Then Dennis asked me to send them over to have a look. Two weeks later he returned them spotless. I still don’t know how he fixed it but to me that is the best after sales service and makes all the difference. Thanks again Dennis!
Hagen (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Heel erg bedankt voor jouw super service en klantgerichtheid. Ik vind het top dat jij zo ver gaat om met uiterste aandacht en precisie mij de perfecte schoenen te verkopen. Ben enorm blij dat ik nu schoenen heb gekocht die zo’n hoog draagcomfort hebben.
Never met someone who is as passionate about shoes as Dennis. Starting with my preferences and feet, he gave excellent advice about the shoe, its details and the fit. A few months later, I am still enjoying the shoes, both formal and casual. No doubt that I will order my next pair at The Hand again.
Tijn Bastiaans (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Dennis de Water, founder of The Hand, provides a unique concept. Dennis knows all about high-end shoes and combines a true passion with impeccable personal service to not only help you find the perfect shoes, but also the right last for the perfect fit. Dennis carefully helped me to select various Gaziano & Girling MTOs and Edward Greens since we met a year and a half ago. Apart from my running shoes, The Hand has become my one and only resource for handmade shoes.
GJM (The Netherlands)
After a pleasant 2 hours fitting session, he found the perfect pair for me. He actually wouldn’t let me leave before we found a pair that fitted perfectly. His knowledge about and passion for shoes is enormous. Even though I met many shoemakers and shoe experts in my life, it is rare to meet somebody so dedicated as Dennis. When it comes to the shoes, they feel good, they look good, and the amount of craftsmanship for that price is unbelievable. Thanks Dennis, I’ll be dancing comfortably and elegantly on my wedding!
Tim (Breda, The Netherlands)