Who should you study under? And where? How much should you budget for? When I set out to learn shoemaking, I made dozens of calls abroad, sent countless emails, and browsed the web trying to find a quality shoemaker willing to teach me. One of my first leather uppers Realistically, 95% of bespoke shoemakers (especially … Continue reading Where Can I Learn to Make Bespoke Shoes?
100% yes. I pose this question because this was something I foolishly asked myself before I even learned custom shoemaking. Generally speaking, the majority of shoemakers are overwhelmingly male. There may be a few female upper-makers here and there, but the numbers leave much to be desired. That being said there are, I'm sure many … Continue reading Can Women Be Shoemakers?
Before I learned shoemaking, I knew I wanted to practice with a pair of bespoke lasts (i.e. lasts made per my measurements). My primary concern was the health of my feet and body (and yes, wearing improper shoes affect other areas of your body). I also wanted to enjoy what I was making and construct … Continue reading How to Order Bespoke Lasts
For me, a shoemaker is someone who can construct a pair of shoes from scratch. This means that given a wooden last, a shoemaker can properly construct a pattern, sew the uppers, last the shoe, and build the bottom. Some may argue that truly excellent shoemakers make lasts themselves, which requires an additional set of … Continue reading What Makes a Shoemaker?
London was the first trip I'd ventured alone--the trip itself was a shock to my family and relatives, who have implacable fears about solo excusions. Mexico, Canada, and Taiwan were the only other countries I had been to, and I didn't know what to expect in London. I arrived at Gatwick airport, and after deciding … Continue reading My Shoe Journey (Part 3): Europe Trip – London & Paris
If you haven't read part 1, here it is I applied to twenty-five school districts to teach. They were almost all in Northern California, because I wanted to see what it was like living there. Before graduating the teaching program, I applied to Salinas Union High School District in May and received an offer. Between … Continue reading My Shoe Journey (Part 2): Summer Job Searching