Oliver Sweeney’s Bespoke Spy Shoes Are Worthy of 007 Himself

Oliver Sweeney secret spy shoes
The coolest thing about James Bond isn’t his suit or his one-liners, or even his Walther PPK. It’s his gadgets. You could buy an Aston Martin or a martini, but getting your hands on one of Q’s spy toys —seagull snorkel kit, bagpipe flamethrower, cigarette bombs, invisible car, broom radio, even a robot dog — is far trickier. Oliver Sweeney’s bespoke Secret Shoes, however, get you a big step closer.

This certainly isn’t the first time the U.K. luxury company has made a stand out shoe — remember when they were tattooing them? This time, however, they’ve kept the best parts a secret. Together with VeryFirstTo.com, Oliver Sweeney has designed a deerskin Derby spy shoe with a hidden compartment under each inner sole able to hold up to three gadgets per shoe (and a key, if desired).

spy shoes

As these are a truly customized pair of shoes, you’re in total control of which of the 12 high-tech items you’d like stashed away. How about the Long-CZ, the world’s smallest phone (about the size of your thumb), which includes a radio, voice changer, text voicemail, and phone calling? Perhaps your daily adventures require the Enklov camera with motion detection and HD photo and video capability? Or the first contactless payment ring?

spy shoes

The full list of gadgets spans the gambit of almost any situation — from the mundane to the murky — in which a fashionable man of the world might find himself: a currency capsule, Swiss Army knife, flashlight, USB stick, compass, tracking device, pen, pill case, and, of course, aftershave atomizer with Oliver Sweeney’s Fico Nero fragrance. You’re provided with a consultation to help choose the items and how to best accommodate them.

Even the shoes themselves come with secrets. The heel offers a remarkably discreet two inches of added height and the shoelaces are made with Kevlar, meaning “[t]hey can act as a friction saw cutting through wood or plastic,” says Marcel Knobil, the founder of VeryFirstTo.com. “So, should you ever find yourself zip-tied, you’d have a fighting chance!” Underneath, on the soles, Oliver Sweeney’s fire writers will inscribe any information you deem important: GPS coordinates, blood type, account number for that lock box in Switzerland …

spy shoes

Nothing about the timeless design will give away your stash of potentially life-saving goods. Your Secret Shoes, handmade in Ancona, Italy, at a family-owned factory, require over 70 different stages, from tanning to sewing, to ensuring your gadgets fit perfectly.  Available in black, brown, and tan, the Secret Shoe is made from luxurious, supple, lightweight deerskin sourced from wild red deer that roam Scottish estates (fitting for 007).  Tim Cooper, Oliver Sweeney’s cobbler, hand selects the leather, which is small-batch tanned.

Our master clicker Gianni cuts the leather by hand,” Cooper explains. “Each hide is exceptional: reflecting the wild existence of the particular deer including nicks, stretch marks and tick bites.”

The Secret Shoe is like a spy: it fits in everywhere, is far more than meets the eye, and prepared for anything.


All the Presidents’ (Coolest) Cars: A Look at How the POTUS Rolls

The presidential state car serves as a reflection of technological progress, the style of the time, and the stark realities of safety and security concerns.

5 Best Car Movies to Watch Again and Again

Everything that makes cinema extravagant and exciting is only enhanced by automotive action.

If Iron Man Designed a Ski Boot, It Would Be the Dahu Écorce

A hinge system and inner boot allow the wearer to step out of the plastic shell and walk around.

KTM Releases Your New Favorite Motorcycle, the 790 Adventure and Adventure R

This is a motorcycle that’s been designed to go anywhere you’d like and get you back home without a problem.
Fashion & Style

What to Wear on a First Date: 2 Go-To Outfits for Men

So, my good man, you find yourself with a date looming. But what the heck are you going to wear?
Fashion & Style

Which Loafers Are the Best? And What Do You Wear with Them Anyway?

We dissected the loafer style by its various iterations and made a few suggestions for the clothes most likely to complement the shoes.
Fashion & Style

Layer Up with Our Picks for the Best Men’s Denim Shirts

The tough nature of the shirt makes it ideal for layering, be it beneath a cozy cardigan or atop your favorite tee.
Fashion & Style

6 Menswear Brands on Instagram That You Need to Know Now

We take back everything we’ve ever said about Instagram ads. (Well, almost everything.)
Fashion & Style

What to Wear With a Dark Blazer

A dark blazer is something that every guy, regardless of whether he works in a corporate environment, casual office, or even a zoo, should already have in his arsenal.
Fashion & Style

Hurley and Carhartt is the Unexpected Collaboration We’ve Been Waiting For

As both brands say, Hurley x Carhartt is “built to outwork the water” and that’s an ethos we appreciate (no matter the season).
Fashion & Style

Here’s What to Wear for Valentine’s Day This Year

Valentine's Day is definitely a scam, but this year we've decided to lean into it and create the perfect outfit for your V-Day date night.
Fashion & Style

Save Up to 30 Percent Off Winter Ski Apparel from the Stio End-of-Season Sale

The Wyoming-based brand offers a variety of winter gear to keep you storm-ready and right now.
Fashion & Style

Luxury Car Maker Pagani Teamed Up with Performance Footwear Maker Piloti for an Over-the-Top Boot Collaboration

An expensive, beautiful car deserves to be driven with expensive, beautiful boots.