Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Sunday, 10 May 2009

New York Shoemaking Course

So, here I am in New York City, having taught 3 days of class and done our first trunk show at Leffot in the West Village. It's been really exciting and we got a very positive response from customers. We met a lot of new faces and we even had a carreducker follower turn up all the way from Pittsburgh, we love you M, you know who you are.

Leffot is some shoe store. In fact those words do not do it justice. Perhaps shoe mecca would be better. Sparse and sophisticated; wallpapers by my old friend Ali at Timorous Beasties; a huge sweep of a table; and a few choice pieces to focus the client on the array of handsome shoes. Check out the boot stool at the cash desk. All perfect for carreducker really. Thank you Steven Taffel for all your help and support.

The hit of the day was the Winker slip-on (I cannot post an image right now but check it out on the Winkers page of We have 2 more colourways in production as we speak, which we will debut at Pitti in June.

The class too has been a real success. The students all seem happy and motivated. Many blistered hands and tired arms, but they are all on target and will finish their shoes. I have taken some pics bit I am on a Mac and am not sure whether I will be able to upload them. I am hoping that this will become a regular bespoke shoemaking course here in Brooklyn.

Meeting my master shoemaker on Tuesday, Paul Wilson, who trained myself and the Other One. He now works for JL Paris as their bespoke shoe guru in the States. Based in NYC but he travels round the place. Really looking forward to seeing him again. It's been a while.

Day off today, it's sunny and warm, so I am off out to have a wander. Should be good!


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Paris By Appointment Only said...

What a wonderful idea. Any chance that you'll be coming to Paris to conduct courses? It would be a great subject for my blog. Have a look when you get the chance. Best, Z.

Johnny said...

will you be having anymore classes/courses on shoe making the next few months? i would love to take a course on bespoke shoemaking.

jimmyshoe said...

Hey Z, love the blog. No plans to come to Paris at the moment, but you never know. We are conducting another course in London in August. Only a short train ride away!

jimmyshoe said...

Johnny, we are doing a course in August in London. Where are you based?