Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 30 January 2009

Dress Pump

Phew! Those wide jointed shoes fitted really well and their new owner is very happy. It's satisfying getting to the end of a project; assessing your work; doing the final bits and bobs (clean, polish, socking, boxing); and, of course, being paid is good.

Already started the next pair, which again, demonstrates the interest of bespoke shoes. On first sight a pair of regular dress pumps, black patent with a satin bow. But look a bit closer and you will see that the construction is not a pump stitch. It is a regular 1/4 inch sole with a bevelled waist. Normally, a pump is a lightweight flexible shoe with a slighter construction, ideal for formal wear or house slippers. The welt and stitching are not visible. But that is not set in stone. The customer wanted a more robust shoe, so although it goes against the bespoke orthodoxy, the public gets what the public wants.

The next photo details the welted sole and bevelled waist, more usual in an Oxford or Derby shoe.

Maybe he wants to sweep a loved one round the dance floor several times, or several loved ones round the dance floor several times. Whichever way round, these shoes are going to get a pounding, hene the construction.

Finally, we went to Northampton yesterday to buy lasts and leather. As usual, we left the merchant's with more that we had planned to. We were looking for leather and lasts to make some ladies samples (more later). We found some lovely leather. We were like kids in a sweet shop.

Enough, my weekend starts here. More next week dear readers...