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Shoes and Craft

A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

Monthly Archives: February 2011

I recently received my order from my toolmaker, so has updated wth new stuff. Sorry from those who couldn’t place the order, because of missing stuff.

What has been arrived? These:

Folding hammer for upper makers..

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Kristiana working on her collection. As a matter of fact, day and night, sometimes until 3am… So I can’t just show what is on her foot, as it is a prototype, but enjoy her smile instead!

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Recently someone called me if I could take part in a show featuring some the vanishing crafts. For the moment i said, ok, why not? Let’s do it! Then I started to think: if I give an interview on this topic, it would mean I admit to the fact my craft is vanishing, moreover, whatever I do in my life is probably is useless. I don’t want admit it. I doing my best to keep this craft alive by teaching people, making videos, collecting everything I can afford and can store. I constantly try to prove that handmade shoes are better than the factory made stuff. It would be even worse if they edited the interview to make me seem as the last master of a vanishing craft, being sad about his sad life (it has happened before).
Hell, no! That is not me! I can also have a say about it right? Don’t just make a few shoes, complaining that the crafts are disappearing, no more education, bla bla bla, but act! We are still here, we can do something about it, and instead of crying on television.

Shoemaking shouldn’t disappear.

So, after my great colleague, Mr. Craig Corvin’s blog post and other, English makers CarreDucker’s post about it, I felt like posting my version too. I am not claiming that any of these are inferior or superior, only different approach of an important topic – side stiffeners. What is side stiffeners after all? Side Stiffeners have 3 important functions:

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One of my student had a chance to write into the American Footwear News mentioning my Name and brand also. Can someone send me a copy please? 🙂


Oh, yes! Why not? Who said anyway, that us shoemakers can only produce dress shoes? So, the story: My nephew complained that after he’s spent some time in the workshop, he just can’t find good shoes in the stores… I kind of understand that. I wouldn’t too… 🙂 Anyway, I offered him, why doesn’t he design a shoe – whatever he wants for himself, and make them with my assistance? He accepted my offer, we have chosen the last and made a pattern, upper… and he lasted the shoes. From this point we were just lucky – I have founded a pair of soles in the corner which were more or less OK. So after some adjustments, they fit perfectly, even matching the style. A little bit sporty, but still sharp looking, fit perfectly, and what is even more important: healthy. They are made (except the sole certainly) from veg-tanned leather only. They can be worn all day long.

And now I am going back to dress shoes. 🙂