Just a few years ago the thinnest rubber soles used for Goodyear welted shoes were single Dainite soles, and the only brand who offered shoes in the mottled museum calf leather was John Lobb Paris. Today, it’s a whole different story. Loads of brands have their own version of the thin, so called city rubber soles, and several tanneries do museum calf leathers that are offered by brands in all price ranges.
Crockett & Jones have been worn by actor Daniel Craig in the two latest James Bond films, and now with the coming No Time to Die the British brand have deepened the relations with the production company, and developed a new version of their popular black wholecut oxford – named James.
Today it’s increasingly common with sanding down leather, mainly to remove cracks, but sometimes also only to smoothen out creases or to remove dye before doing patina. However, when removing the top layer of the grain surface, the leather becomes more sensitive, which one need to be aware of. Here’s pictures and a film to prove the case, and a bunch of leather knowledge as a bonus.
Just the other day the Australian webshop House of Agin opened up its digital doors, offering really affordable hand welted shoes by the Chinese maker Mattina. Prices start at only €360 including lasted shoe trees and free shipping worldwide.
Hear Carina Eneroth, cobbler and bespoke shoemaker since more than 36 years, talk about loads of aspects of being a cobbler in this day and age, about how corona have affected the shoe repair business, about the growing engagement for repairing and refurbishing what we already own, and much more.
If you’re interested in learning more about leathers – the various kinds, various properties and much more – there’s few better places than The Leather Dictionary. A sort of Wikipedia for all things leather, an excellent source for knowledge.
This year the British brand Barker celebrates 140 years of shoemaking, and they do it with a new anniversary capsule collection where they’ve revisited their archives and brought back some old designs, paired with more modern Dainite rubber soles.
As readers might know by now, I have a thing for Japan (not only their shoes), and one of my favourite collections I’ve seen by Japanese makers is made by Oriental Shoes, which has elements inspired by traditional Japanese culture, and look really awesome.
When hand sanitisers are used to a much larger extent than pre-covid, we now see an increasing amount of shoes being damaged by these strong liquids, which end up creating serious stains on the leather. Tips on how to avoid this and how to fix stains if they occur in today’s article.
Today the second edition of the large shoe event Isetan Shoe Expo started at the event space in their department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. For obvious reasons a less international event this year – still a big happening with lots of great stuff for shoe lovers.