Category Archives: Shoemaking

Heel Seat Stitching

When a shoemaker completes an English welt they have multiple options about how to attach the heel. It can be glued and nailed, or pegged, or stitched multiple ways without a welt, or welted continuing around the whole shoe. I … Continue reading

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Hand Lasting

Every shoe that I make is lasted by hand. The process of lasting is when a upper is stretched over a shoe form (last) and attached to the insole and last by nails or any sort of bracing. The following … Continue reading

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Patterns and more patterns

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been working on nothing but patterns and fittings which aren’t the most exciting moments of shoemaking (in my opinion). After giving it thought I realized I should explain the birth of … Continue reading

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the English Welt

…the most common of shoe constructions and my favorite due to design versatility and rugged durability. Below is a image of a freshly welted shoe just before I trimmed the waist & toe areas of the welt to give more … Continue reading

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Some Details About Handmade Shoes

More often than not products that are marketed as handmade just aren’t. Usually the manufacturers “public relations” (thank you Edward Bernays) team are using the consumers ignorance against him/her/themselves. One of the many characteristics in a handmade shoe that differs … Continue reading

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Norwegian Stitch with Beveled Waist

This week I have been working on a shoe that is a less common construction method: the Norwegian stitch. I haven’t had the chance to cut my chops at hand-sewing a Norwegian and was pretty excited to give it a … Continue reading

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Side Laced Oxfords

When I first started making shoes I was infatuated with a sidelace shoe design, and recently I had a client commission such: This navy and grey spectator sidelace oxford with a U-tip toecap worked out nicely for the customer due … Continue reading

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Everything needs a beginning

… and here is mine.  I feel there will be plenty of time to “chew the fat” (as they say) so I will just post my latest work to leave the workshop! This first shoe is a wholecut oxford made … Continue reading

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