Imagine spending 40 years hand-stitching leather shoes to perfection. That is the reality at Rancourt & Co. in Maine, whose artists pride themselves on shaping and fitting leather into comfortable, flexible, custom shoes that are among the most beautiful found on any marina docks. Rancourt's 2-Eye Boat Shoe ($400) can be built from leather or suede. You can choose from 17 colors for top, side and other panels, as well as customize everything else down to the color of thread and style of sole. If one foot is bigger than the other, the company will even build you a multisize pair.