Reinforcement tapes sale

We just received some superb quality german reinforcement tapes – way better quality than before and… now reinforcement for eyelets came back. This time not from the nasty fiberglass, but 1″ wide polyester.The whole kit on sale for a week: self adhesive topline, backline, reinforcement and eyelet reinforcement tapes (all 100 yards). + one 200… Read More

Handmade vs. “handmade”

This is a long and heated conversation between the industry professionals. The question sounds like this: what is “handmade”? Makers, like me (and many others, working with their hand and tools only), would answer this way:  “surely handmade is a product which is made by hand entirely”. Sounds logical, isn’t it? It is so funny… Read More

A Precious Beast

Diamond cutter and polishers (diamantaire) is a rare and very highly appreciated craft, which needs a lot of training, special skills and equipment – for a good reason. They work with one of the most precious and hardest treasure of Earth, diamonds. When they find those stones, they are not beauty, pretty much look like… Read More

Grading a Pattern

There are rare occasions in the bespoke shoemakers life, when we have to make a whole eerie for the same style of last. Here are some advices. 1. Don’t bother with US sizes. Seriously. You need to make half sizes as the scale if pretty big, so you will end up 11 sizes – even if… Read More

Answers about the course

We got a few questions about the course, let me ask them here too – maybe there are people who wants to know the same. What constructions I can learn? That depends on you, your skills and ambitions. I have some years of teaching experience, I am confident that I can guide a perfect beginner through… Read More

A New Bespoke Pair

  Which is coming with a story. So, some time ago, I was walking in NY with some friends and their friend – first time in my life there – and stepped into a fancy shoe store in Madison Avenue. They started a conversation with the salesman there, who was actually a shoemaker, just being… Read More

Alligator Tour II.

I think it not even necessary to explain how beautiful this leather is. By the way – they cut cut it off from the animals two different way – through the belly, so the back will be in center of the hide – we call them hornback and the other way around, cutting the back… Read More

Alligator Tour I.

    I assume if is redundant o mention: this post is not written for people with sensitive stomach. Told ya.. Anyway: shoemaking is not for sensitive people. Shoemaking, like it or not, use animal hides, which come from animals. The good news, the hides are usually side products, as animals are killed for their… Read More

Tools

I received a phone call from an aspiring shoemaker, asking about what tools I’d suggest to get to make shoes. Although it is a really difficult question, however, there are some basic tools all shoemakers need. I am gonna list a few (not a comprehensive collection) and enclose a link to purchase it, if you… Read More