Footwear entrepreneur Tochukwu Mbiamnozie, who launched his men’s and women’s luxury direct-to-consumer online business, TucciPolo, just last year, is now offering men’s styles for hard-to-fit feet.
While traditional shoe brands typically stop at size 13, TucciPolo has expanded its offering up to size 18. Mbiamnize said the company can even fill special orders up to size 22.
The made-in-Italy collection retails for $455 to $2,900 for men’s dress shoes and $200 to $400 for casuals. The founder noted that for an extra $60, any style can be made in the new extended sizes.
“NBA players, celebrities and many other men and women simply find themselves unable to walk into a typical store to buy Italian leather shoes off the rack,” said Mbiamnize, who designs the collection himself. “This can be frustrating for people with larger feet who want to enjoy the same high quality and style the smaller-footed population has access to.”
But just because Mbiamnize is meeting the needs of those with larger feet doesn’t mean he’s forgotten men with smaller feet — Tucci Polo shoes go all the way down to a men’s 6 (which many women can wear as well).
Turnaround time for a pair of shoes to reach a customer’s door is 15 days, because they’re hand-painted, giving them a one-of-a-kind look.
Mbiamnize, 35, got his feet wet in the shoe business working at his uncle’s store in his native Nigeria. He also has an MBA in international business.