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Choosing the leathers

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Choosing the leathers

  Even for those who know what they're looking for, the choice of leathers is mind-boggling. For the uppers, we tend to start with a concept and a colour swatch, then narrow it down, paying particular attention to the quality of the fabric, the dye and how it will wear. Reliability of supply is also important - we want to ensure that every pair looks as good as the first.   We are looking for leathers that have consistency in their colour, with few imperfections. This makes it easier for the "clicker" who is the person in the shoemaking process responsible...

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The last post - the first step in making your shoes

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The last post - the first step in making your shoes

You'll thank the Govan last. For this is the shape that we use to form the shoe ... we wanted an elegant shape that slims the foot (even on a wider fitting). Once we're happy, we have them made at a specialist last masker in Northampton. In the past, lasts were carved out of wood, and one of the key skills of the lastmaker was to scale an original design to different sizes - a much more complex task than simply reducing proportionately in all directions Even now, last making is still a craft. Just the material has changed to a durable plastic....

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