Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 25 September 2015

New Evening Class Starting January 16

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After our trip to Linea Pelle, we have had the first of the samples from some of the tanneries we spoke to. We particularly looked at those which do veg tanning. There is an organisation of such tanneries called Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale. It's reflects the growing interest in sustainable tanning and we are very excited about using the skins. Some of them are very lovely indeed.

These are from Conceria Badalassi Carlo - yum!

This is the pamphlet that the association has put out and, with typical Italian flair, it is beautiful. The logo is the little hand at the top of the front page.

And so to some news about Carreducker. We are delighted to announce a second Evening Shoemaking Class starting in January 2016.

It will run on a Wednesday night from 6pm till 9pm and will follow the same programme as the Intensive Class, but in a longer format.

Students will be given a pair of lasts in their size along with a pair of uppers and, over three terms of ten weeks each, they will hand stitch a pair of welted shoes. Marvellous!

The pace of the class is relaxed and students work at their own rhythm. It is fun, sociable and remember - people who make shoes are generally really nice. So come on, get your aprons on!

We are taking bookings now, so if you are interested, get in touch on

Or call 02078130093

This is not on our website yet, but, in the VERY near future, our revamped website and NEW e-commerce site, The Tool Shed will be live.

And that's about your lot for this week. Until the next time, happy shoemaking!