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Shoes and Craft

A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

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I posted several tutorials in the past 5 years, on youtube, wordpress, behance, several forums so pretty much all the social media I could reach and imagine (and: had access).
I start to feel that these don’t get enough attention – most probably, because it is hard to find them. So here they are, I collected them. Read and learn.


Let me know if I should post any more. I will consider if I would do it. On the other hand – as I expressed this opinion a many times – I only believe that a Craft should be taught personally, from a good teacher. Internet is a great help, but for the basics, for really good, deep knowledge a teacher is a must. No video, no book, no nothing is a good alternative, wherever you are, whatever your situation is – without proper tuition you loose your money and your time and only make ‘almost’ good pieces.

If you mean shoemaking seriously (I mean you want to learn it) consider to come at least on of these courses:


HIgh Heel Tutorials


Metal Toe Tap






Toe stiffener lasting


Insole preparation for English welt


Flip Flop


Render a High Heel


Derby render




Making a High Heel shoe


Finishing a Shoe


Cemented Construction


German Welt


English welt


Norwegian Sewn (not welted!!)


Welt Making


Skiving Heel Counter

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– don’t pick anything I already posted

– if you don’t have basic knowledge, you might not want to choose something advanced

– practical questions, are very much welcome

So guys? What do you want to learn next week?

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Before we jump in it – I must warn you – DO NOT START to make a Norwegian, if you don’t have any experience with hand-sewn techniques, because there will be a step, when you need a really steady hand and you can screw up your work with one little sloppy move. I warned you.

We attach the insole and make sure the shank part curls up – we want to make a shank support, so we might want to deal with the technical specification too. This will be educational I promise.

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The story continues.. I hope a long long way. I bought all the furnitures, sewing and other machines and use them. I work on the same table what 20 years ago – funny, isn’t it? 🙂  I still using old sewing machines, and 100 year tools.. actually those 20 years old things are quite new.


Let’s start with a sneak peak picture. I made it today, when I was about leaving. I thought some people would be interested to see what I am working on..

shoes in progress

These are my actual orders.. Some of them are just laying on the last, without stiffners, some are lasted, waiting for welting and finishing.

First in the row: a new adlaide (I hope it is the name in English). Nothing special…except its material, which is VERY special. The leather has been tanned in Soviet Union, many years ago. Half veg-tannad, hal chrome. Most probably this leather is made for the high ranked army officals’ boot. Almost 2 mm thick, very durable, perfect for bespoke shoes. I have only a few hides from an old shoemaker, no more will come or appear on the market most probably.

Second is a chukka – for myself. Winter is coming. 🙂

Then a straight cut oxford, and an other wholecut from the mentioned material.

This one:

This is the method for fixing the upper to the insole, without synthetic (or any) glue. This method is really ancient (I will teach it in my NY course). If someone wants to have something really special – he can have it. Goes to pegged shoes.

[B](There are anyone here who thought about why shoemaker prefers pegged shoes, instead of sewn?
I met many old masters in the last few years, and almost all of them wear pegged shoes.. hmm. [/B]

Finally a nice story about my calf-stingray oxford I posted before:

The customer of this shoes didn’t take it on yet. Actually he keeps it in the display cabinet (?). Very nice from him, very low efficient advertisement for me… 😦

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I decided to continue blogging here, instead of – which hosted my blog, as a thread, but to tell the truth, wasn’t so practical to follow (or frankly impossibile after a certain point). Anyway: thanks styleforum for that!