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Friday, 2 June 2017

New York Shoemaking finishing and Open Studios

Welcome back shoe fans. No we're back in Blighty it's a great opportunity to look back at the New York course. We've noticed over the years just how important the finished look of their shoes is to students...and we don't mean just hiding the odd nick or scratch! 

So we'll be putting together a photo album to illustrate the finishing options they can do for the Summer class...but for now, here's some great examples from New York, inspired by previous students' work. 

Dark brown dyed, polished and burnished edges with a natural finished sole on a conker brown Derby

Polished and burnished edges; a natural finished sole; drawn-on sole drawn pattern, dyed, polished and burnished.

Sealing the sole with a light layer of polish, repeatedly burnished in with fingers and a cloth 

Natural soles and natural polished and burnished edges on a Conker brown Derby

Black Derby shoes with gently pitched heels for a more feminine finish; dyed, polished and burnished soles; dyed, waxed and burnished edges

One style of shoe, six different finishes - great results!

That's all for this week. We'll be preparing for Cockpit Arts twice yearly Open Studios events next week., where we are proud to have been selected as part of a special showcase chosen and curated by consummate leather designer Bill Amberg!

Pop in and say hello if you're in London....we'll be selling shoes, previewing our new work boot, talking courses and showing our handsewn shoemaking film here in Studio W9 all weekend.

5pm - 9pm on Friday, 9th June
11am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th June

Until next week, with more news of our new work boot, happy shoemaking!