Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 18 October 2013

First October Intensive Shoemaking Course

Welcome back, dear shoe people of the world. Another week flies by in the wonderful world of shoemaking

This week sees the end of the first carréducker Intensive Shoemaking Course in October. Due to the popularity of the courses, we have introduced two new ones each year. A second one in August and one now in October. Rather than turning people away or making them wait for ages, we thought it was better to offer more opportunities to make handmade shoes with us.

Yesterday saw them finishing their heels and today will be spent rasping, glassing and sanding their heels and edges. It's the final push to their own little Everest of completing a pair of hand stitched shoes. So well done to them.

And speaking of students' shoes, we're asked time and again what the quality of the shoes are like that students make on the course. Well, it often depends on the student and their reason for taking the course. This summer, one very determined (and very much in love) gentleman, whose hands had never seen anything other than a keyboard, challenged himself to make his own wedding shoes. So, no pressure!  How did he do? See for yourselves...

A dream wedding in Italy with the groom as resplendent as the bride (well, kinda). Nice job Ira Babb of Texas.

Mr and Mrs Ira Babb 
(Mr Babb is wearing his own dark tan, handsewn, calf shoes with green laces).

So, you can see that students come to us for all sorts of reasons, although recently, more and more of them are really serious about becoming full time bespoke shoemakers which is really pleasing. This blog has an amazing reach and we are so glad that so many of you read it each week..

So, if you fancy giving it a go, go to our website, download a booking form and book yourself a place. We have 5 intensives next year, 3 pattern making classes and 1 evening class in London.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Until next week, happy shoemaking!