Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sheffield and new styles on the way

After a wonderful week at the workbench it was on the train and off up to the North of England for me, to Sheffield. 

Sheffield is in South Yorkshire, England and derives its name from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. In the 19th century, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production and was known as the Steel City, but international competition saw a steep decline in the 1970s and 1980s, and today Sheffield is undergoing extensive redevelopment with a thriving University and home to the English Institute of Sport. 

We work with a family-run manufacturer up there and my mission was to get our new Winkers Resort Shoes sampled and to brief in a new Kickstarter style! It's great to see British manufacturing doing well and although it may not be a return to the heyday of steel, we're proud to be working with a firm that is building a good reputation for itself in shoe manufacturing, proving Britain does still make things well.

Here's my photo diary from the day: 

Grade II listed Park Hill dates from the 1950s and is currently being renovated returning the colour to its facade
Sheffield's tallest building St. Paul's Tower  

An interesting mix of architecture from across the centuries

Celebrating Sheffield's industrial past

and looking to the future...

Building new

Here's a quick glimpse of details from the next Kickstarter style to come...

Stitched foxing for strength


Non-slip rubber sole

Sleek lines

Comfortable toe shape

Ergonomic foot bed

That's it for now. Until next week, happy shoemaking!