Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Student Shoes

Hello once more, old friends and new, we hope you have had a great week

We are in the middle of the great fit out of our new shoe making school at the Chocolate Studios in Shoreditch. Things are developing well in time for the launch on the 11th of May

Our Pattern Making Course in Catskill, New York also started yesterday to  great success. The tutor, Jesse Moore has put an amazing display in her shop window to chart the progress

We will cover more of this next week, along with the Clicking and Closing Class which runs right after.

As part of the launch at Chocolate Studios, we will display some previous students' work to showcase the work we do at the Carreducker Shoemaking School and we thought we would show you some of the shoes that will be there as a little taster.

Most of these shoes are all made by students on our Intermediate Evening Class which runs on a Tuesday evening throughout the year. This class is for students who have completed at least one pair of shoes and who want to continue with this fantastic craft - once you start, it's hard to stop!

First up is a current one to one student from Korea, Jong Oh, who is here with us for six months to learn as many hand stitching skills as possible. This is a great way to kickstart your shoe making career or learn the various constructions that we can teach.

This is his second shoe and we hope you agree that he has done an amazing job.

Lovely moss green suede and a dark natural finish - gorgeous

Great finish on the sole edges, really good work.

Here he is in the workshop learning how to make shoes. This could be you - contact us if you want to learn -

Next up is a pair of sky blue, slip-ons with slashed covered gussets made by Fanni. The trickiest part here was welting the very pointy toe which is difficult because there are so many stitches packed into a small space. But she did a great job and the shoes look amazing.

 The stacked leather heel was also a challenge but looks great on the finished shoes.

The last pair is a leather and tweed boot made by Derrek in navy blue leather and contrasting blue tweed. This is quite a unique design and it shows the freedom that the students get after making their first Derby with us. This is quite an important point because we restrict students to a simple Derby to start with because they are easy to last and we are often time constrained, but after the first pair, if you carry on, the sky's the limit in terms of design, leather and colour

If you would like to see these shoes and more, then contact us for an invitation to the open day on May 11th -

That's about it for this week. We wish you peace and fulfilment for the week to come and until next Friday, happy shoemaking!

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