Anyhow, another week in shoe land has been a bit of a challenge after my long and relaxing holiday in Spain. Getting back into the swing of things and all that...
But while I was away, I did make a trip to the Museo del Calzado in Elda which is the centre of the shoemaking industry in Spain. In the Elda/Elche region, they make 70% of the footwear in Spain so it is in the blood of the local people
And with that heritage to draw on, they have one of the best dedicated shoe museums I have been to. Housed in a 3 storey purpose built space, the museum has 3 large halls and a huge library for study
The first room was full of machinery and tools from the industry - last making, closing, and making.
With a lot of vintage photographs and documents from the history of shoemaking in Elda, it also had a lot of shoe inspired artworks on the walls which I particularly enjoyed
I really liked this series of pencil drawings of bespoke shoemakers. Notice how cool and hipster us shoemakers are. Beards to be proud of.
And if ever called upon, you will be able to say the names of the shoemaking processes in Spanish.
The second room was full of shoes - ethnological shoes, fashion shoes, historical shoes, and the shoes of famous people.
|Gent's shoe in zebra from. 500 BC|
|Arabic Patten in Iroko Wood Encrusted with ivory, ebony and bull horn. 14th Century|
|19th Century French Shoes for Dehusking Chestnuts. The husks were used for medicinal Purposes|
The fashion shoes were pretty cool.
|70s disco shoes...|
|Platforms. Yeah, baby!|
|These were amazing, the closing was exquisite with the super fine slip beading in yellow|
|And these were incredible. The layering is done in the lining too. Not my size...|
|Insanely small shoes|
|Single seam wholecut boot - impressive!|
I hope you have enjoyed the pictures. I loved the visit and would recommend it to anyone. A must if you are in the area. In fact, worth a trip to Spain for
Until next week, happy shoemaking!