Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 27 January 2017

On The TV

Hello once more, dear shoe people. We hope you have had a good week and that you are looking forward to a lovely weekend.

Here are some images of the shoes our students made. I hope you will agree that they are excelent. Well done to all of them.

This week it is short and sweet. I had my 15 minutes of fame this week, on BBC 1 prime time, 7.30PM on Monday night on the Inside Out programme

It is quite a moving story

There was an amazing bespoke shoemakers in Oxford called Ducker and Son who started in 1898.

They made shoes for all sorts of famous people - JRR Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, Laurence of Arabia, the Red Baron, the list goes on.

So after nearly 120 years they were closing and the BBC wanted to do a short film about them. Their very clever researchers found another bespoke shoemaker called Ducker (me) and asked if we were connected and whether I wanted to present the piece

So, of course, I said yes and we filmed an introduction at our workshop.

 And then we went to Oxford to film.

We interviewed Bob Avery who was running Duckers and various of his customers who came in to say thank you and goodbye.

It was very touching to see the years of custom and loyalty that these clients had. And sad too. Sad that an institution like Duckers had to close (the reasons are many and various), but such an important part of the social fabric of the city deserved more. A great shame.

I'm really sorry, but I'm not sure that if you live outside the UK you will be able to watch it, but here is the link just in case

It's available for 26 days so check it out

It was a lot of fun making the film. Don't tell Deborah, but a new career beckons?

The last image is of the credits with my name writ large - mind out, please, enlarged ego coming through! I couldn't resist.

Until next week, happy shoemaking