Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

New Year shoemaking course

Happy New Year dear followers and shoe fans!

Not ones to sit back on our laurels we've started 2014 with a cracking intensive shoemaking course and six keen students. 


It's only day two and already the aches and pains are setting in....little do they know what is to come...but they are a great, enthusiastic and very focused bunch, so we have high expectations.


So far, insoles have been blocked...


Knives sharpened; puffs and stiffs skived and glassed...


Insoles trimmed and holdfasts made....





A new group of students has re-awakened our search for the perfect apron. As you may remember FOG linen aprons and Muji denim aprons are favourites, (but seemingly out of stock across Europe) and we think our friend Jesse in New York may have it cracked, although we have yet to see any pics. In the mean time, with each course, we're inspired by aprons borrowed from the kitchen, younger family members or designed and self-made.  

Two favourites from our January group are:- 

This beauty in blue leather grain apron with leather neck strap and tassel ties...


And this sturdy, hand stitched canvas and hide apron with metal clasp fastenings and pockets.


With uppers laced tight, the students are all set for days 3 & 4...


We'll let you know how they get on.

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