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Monthly Archives: December 2011


Before you start to make button shoes, make sure you have these two pliers:

The first one makes the holes (I don’t think that you can’t make it by a knife and a hole punch, but perfectionism.. you know what I mean)

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After the boring stone, bronze and iron age, it is high time to give a more imaginative name for our age, isnt’t it? Just kidding, I believe condovan should be an exclusive thing. I needed to order a lot of hides for bespoke orders recently. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Well, we make a big step forward with cordwainertools.com – and I am not talking about going to a Christmas holiday, but moving the webshop to the USA! It might take some time to set up everything, so please be patient – we are coming back soon.


I always wanted to make a button shoe l’art pout l’art. Just a piece of art, as much as a pair of shoes can be. This is one of the two types of footwear I always wanted to make – not that I don’t find pleasure making a simple pair oxfords.

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well, I have more orders for shoes, right? It is just a rare thing from my workshop – mainly I am pretty busy with orders, just right now, but I made some days to show a demo to my students – this become this boot.

I am proud of the upper pattern, which was kind of complicated – straps, crimped vamp, elastic, zipper, so just everything which could make a boot really complicated… but it worked without any test uppers.

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Back to Hungary, back to work! I have plenty order to finish, or at least start, so I believe I will work day and night in this short period I spend at home.

1. A double monk strap to a Canadian customer. Maybe once I will share why it is so difficult to make this pattern. (think about the lines of forces!)

2. A 4 buckles boot. Well… This one will stay in the small family.. 😉

I will post more soon. It seems this month will be all about cordovan.

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