Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Finished! Party time at Wolf & Badger, Selfridges

We thought you might like to see the fruits of our students' work for the last fortnight - each one a labour of love...
as you can see they couldn't contain themselves when the bubbly and cake came out to celebrate their achievements

Canan - glowing with pride as she models her comfortable, well-fitting shoes - "maybe the shoes I usually wear are too tight"?

Peter - is that relief, delight or sheer exhaustion? Probably all three as he was devastated when one of his shoes would not come out of the last. Why not? Well, they were a harsh reminder why it is important not to use too many nails doing the split lift at the heel. It took all 8 of us pulling and tugging, plus some risky action with a screwdriver to eventually get the last out. Once you get into a karma mode with shoemaking it will have a great effect on the old BP - calmer and karma = good shoes. Hope Claire was impressed on Tuesday night!
Nazim and Karin capturing the moment their shoes were unveiled. Very neat, accurate work Nazim. We're certain your family and customers back in Malaysia will be delighted when you start making for them! Karin enjoy your time with Marcel perfecting your craft...

Steffen your starter pack will be with you soon so you can get going on your next pair and impress all of your colleagues; Nathalie hope you keep shoemaking when work allows; Vijay good luck with your studies in Sheffield; Joorn stay passionate and particular...

I've been lecturing at LCF for the past few weeks as well, so it's been teach teach teach for me whilst jimmyshoe has been relaxing on his they say, all work and no play etc. so this girl got to let her hair down this week at a party to launch the amazing new Wolf & Badger concession in Selfridges.

Boy do those guys know how to create a sleek, sexy retail environment ...and to party. Great set, great guests, just great....only sorry fashion products weren't included or our fabulous resort shoes - the Winkers - might have made it onto the shelves. But it was good to see them on so many party feet - Samir, Henry and George - thanks boys...and we will be launching our new H
arris Tweed versions next month in the Notting Hill boutique.

Now, off with the lippy and back to the knives and workbench...happy shoemaking until next week.