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Monthly Archives: August 2009


So, i finished 4 great courses here, then have some rest and now i am in Mariott’s frozen lobby (somehow Americans like to freeze rooms to 17 celsius, heating the streets with the heat they made with the aircondition), surfing in the net and writing a few more words.

I net great people again! They were eager to learn, wamt to pick up all the tricks and kills – unfortunately it was just 2 weeks. In the other hand I come back soon and I will definetly pay more attention to my certified students, with some special techniques and construction. Roughly the next courses:

High heel 1.
High heel 2.
Slipper and baby shoe making courses
Kid shoe making…. And…

SHOE DESIGN COURSE

I will post about it soon, now I to home and try to loose those unwanted extra kilos from the big breakfasts and steaks. 🙂


I just finished a great American steak in a TGI Friday restaurant, found a speedy connect, so I upload some pictures. I will write more about it soon.


Not if I never made as for myself – a monk strap. I have choosen a “new Budapest” last model, French Boxcalf and a traditional upper model, single (JR) sole. I will bring them to New York this week.

And – finally (would you believe this about a bespoke maker?) I made a bespoke last for myself. I am not sure that I can make so many shoes for myself as my waiting list is quite long again.

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So this is the final product of the dark cognac wholecut.
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I am in love with shoes. When I am ready with a bespoke order, I am always tempted to keep it, and let the customer wait (I never did I promise 🙂 ), but this time temptation was even stronger. This gentleman gave me a long, continuously expanding list about his demands, so I have to really concentrate to put everything in. On the other hand we can get better because of demands – so I am grateful to him!

Let’s see what this shoe has!

– wholecut from the strongest calf leather, no crimping (I don’t do that)
– dark cognac french boxcalf, with antiqued toe
– fiddleback with initials and a crown from brass nails (yes, on the fiddleback)
– bevelled waist
– semi trasparent finish (I just love it – it shows the leather layers and has some antique beauty. I wouldn’t paint an antiqued shoe with solid colour on the heel edge)
– JR leather for the hard stuff everywhere, except the insole (that is aso 12 month tanned, but from a different company)
– English sewn sole, hidden stitch at the shanks.

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Oh yes – we also have a Men Shoe Course beside the very popular High Heel beauties. This time I wil bring a 2 eyelets, soft, pull-up, aniline dyed leather upper for the usual new-Budapest last.

Work in progress
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Many thing happens here – I can tell you, the shoemaker’s workshop is one of the most interesting place, except if your are not interested in footwear (is it possible?).

1. Zoltan’s cowboy shoes are ready.

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Crust leather, before finish

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The ready shoes and their proud maker (and owner)