We start the shoe making process by using precise measurements and wooden lasts to make a paper pattern for the style of shoe required. It’s from these patterns that the required pieces leather which make the shoe are cut out. Our cutters are pin point accurate in their approach, using their extensive experience to judge the quality and pliability of the leather and where best to make each exacting cut.
Next, the last, patterns, and cut leather are stitched together - using the blake stitching method - to form the finished uppers. At this stage the linings and the various trimmings, binding, elastics and lace holes are also incorporated. Having fit the various pieces together, the closer pulls the finished upper over the last to ensure that it conforms to the required shape. The upper is then tacked into place.
Following the closing, the toe and heel stiffeners are added and shaped to the insole, followed by stitching of the bottom sole to the welt. The heel is added and the bottom of the shoe is edge-trimmed to provide the finished look. Finally, the last is drawn from the shoe and any small imperfections rectified in and outside the shoe.
Finally, when all the intricate stitching and construction work is complete, the shoe is made to shine, using a selection of brushes, cloths, and our very own unique painting process that transforms the shoe, bringing it up to a deep glossy finish.