Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 17 June 2016

One-to-two students and taking measurements

We're almost back to normal and have welcomed two new students to Studio W9 for 12 days of shoemaking. They're off and running with puffs and stiffs prepped, soles blocked and threads under way.

Johanna and Barbara

James demonstrating the pulling skiving technique

Pushing skiving

Finished heel stiffeners
...and toe puffs

We also had a long-planned visit from Wylie, a former student intent on taking the last making world by storm, who has been honing his making and fitting skills in San Francisco. 

James and I are being guinea pigs to see how his approach works. Here's an insight into what we've had done so far....and it's quite exciting.

The ink impressions of Mme Carre and Mr Ducker's feet

My super, supinated feet

James's unusually weighted feet

Wylie reading the results

Taking foot casts - rather a nice, warm feeling

Three casts down and one to go

The treacherous bit...cutting off the cast without cutting skin or socks - not to be attempted without surgical scissors!
Thanks for coming to see us Wylie. We're excited to see how your plans go....and we'll let you know so watch this space. Until next week happy shoemaking!