We offer footwear that could not be mass produced. A selected number of hands and a minimum of 40 hours of labour go in to every pair of shoes to ensure the highest level of quality. Our bespoke approach ensures every clients needs are met. Our leathers are of the finest quality available and our last collection has a vast range of option’s for specific selections. With measures such as these, you can expect a far superior product that with the proper care and maintenance, can last you a lifetime.
Made to Order
Bespoke – Made to Measure
Our made to order shoes are for individuals who have an understanding and respect for products of a higher quality. From our many designs, you are presented with some basic models, and styles. You can then select the type and colour from a range of leathers, a variety of different toe shapes, a range of sole types and thicknesses and full or half rubber soles to help protect against the elements.
Our made to order shoe sizes are based on whole and half size measurements. On your first consultation, simple measurements are taken to find a pair of stock lasts to best fit your feet. All of our made to order shoes are constructed using the Blake construction technique. Blake construction is achieved by gluing the sole to the bottom of the shoe using a strong adhesive, then directly stitching the bottom of the sole through to the insole or inside of the shoe. This ensures the sole is tight to the insole, and that everything is held in place securely.
Our Bespoke line is reserved for those with a greater knowledge and desire for unique products of superior quality - individuals who seek out the “one-of-a-kind” With Bespoke shoes, a pair of lasts are made to exacting measurements of your feet. Every bend and curve, the unique shape of your foot, is taken into consideration. You have input into the development of a toe shape and heel height to best suit your personal style.
For the design of the shoe, you will be involved and have complete input into the development of the specific style of the shoe you are interested in. Leather, is then selected from a wide variety of types and colours to best suit the given style of shoe. As the shoes come to life, you will be involved in many steps of the development of your one of a kind pair of shoes.
The shoes are finished with hand dying the leather to achieve a one-of-a-kind patina and hand polishing to achieve a high glossed, mirror finish. The addition of tassels, contrasting laces, or a special colour on the sole are just a few examples of the many ways to add a little something special to make your shoes truly one-of-a-kind.
For our Bespoke line we offer a choice of construction techniques that offer differences in durability.
|Sizing||Made to Order||Bespoke (Made to Measure)|
|Blake Rapid Construction|
|Individual shoe bags and polish cloth|
|Custom Box and shoe care kit|
|Full access to all leather types and materials|
Blake construction is achieved by gluing the sole to the bottom of the shoe using a strong adhesive, then directly stitching the bottom of the sole through to the insole or inside of the shoe. This ensures the sole is tight to the insole, and that everything is held in place securely.
Blake Rapid construction is created by using a split sole, where the first sole is glued directly onto the bottom of the shoe then stitched to the insole or inside of the shoe. Then, a second sole is glued on and stitched from the bottom of the sole through to the top of the welting.
The Goodyear welt is the most well known, traditional technique used in the construction of handmade shoes. The benefit is that the shoe can be re-soled repeatedly, giving a single pair of shoes an added lifespan of years. Essentially, the upper part of the shoe is pulled and shaped over the last and fastened on by hand sewing a leather strip (known as the "welt") to the insole which hold’s the two firmly together. The sole is then attached to the welt and the bottom of the shoe, first by gluing the two surfaces together using a strong adhesive and second, by stitching from the bottom of the sole through to the top of the welt.
Peter Feeney © 2015