I write this post about a much moe interesting topic, than being a Master Shoemaker – being an apprentice. I always get question from students: what they need? How should they prepare? Is there any previous experience needed? etc.. So let’s talk about it! What you don’t need? EXPERIENCE. I prefer teach people without any… Read More
Frankly: teaching student is loosing energy, time and a lot efforts, if you can make bespoke shoes in the same time. But teaching is not just for business. It is not a short term income – this is duty for the CRAFT you get everything from. Knowledge is not your property (even if it seems… Read More
This text has been copied from the thread what I started as a blog in styleforum.net 1 year ago. _______________________ This is a short story, but let me talk about first the Hungarian shoe industry. A few decades ago it was one of the most important industry. You could find shoemaker workshops, factories everywhere in… Read More
Most probably in April 2010. More info comes soon. Stay tuned!
In the good old days (before) 1871, guilds had the right to select someone to be a master. Actually only a master had some special right, like teach students (free work for 3 years! 🙂 ), have an independent workshop (makin’ good money), and so on… But that was expensive. Not just make a 3… Read More
Here is a small collection, what I use for making a pair of English welted shoe. And the result: And the good news: I work on some new films.
12 spi (stitch per inch) – that’s what you don’t want to do with double sole, believe me. But what should I do, if I have an order for it? So I did it. Only the stitching was one whole day, I had to use a special awl, as the usual would have been too… Read More
Here is an old customer’s order, and the first step of making a pair of shoes. Personally I thought that the upper pattern for a chukka boot seemed easy, but it is really not. There are plenty of small details, which can make your life miserable. You make a perfect pair, then you realize the the wind can easily blow in at the sides of the laces. Oh yes, it happened the first time (years ago) when I made a chukka for myself. Since then, I always make a pair for test from any new idea. (Which means: many shoes go into my own wardrobe. But someone has to get this job done too, no? 🙂 ). Read More
I found this The Independent article very interesting. Maybe I should focus on High Heels only? Hmm.. (No. I won’t. But I will definately make some.) http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/bespoke-boom-demand-surges-for-handmade-shoes-1816857.html
UPDATE! (7/02/2010): I soon set up a web shop as I could extend this collection. More comes soon. ——–=======——– Well, I got mails every week – minimum 1-2 that those uprising shoemaker collagues are searching for tools to start the craft. You can also search ebay to find the right ones, but I never seen… Read More