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?
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