Next year, a new, comprehensive and very practical shoemaking education will start in the US, which will enable more people to easily get into the desired place in the shoe industry without having to piece together their own education.
Really well-made closing, which is the assembly of the upper part of the shoe, is a delight to behold. The shoe above from British bespoke shoemaker Nicholas Templeman is one such example, where an elegant hand-braided stitch makes an otherwise ordinary apron derby stand out tremendously.
The Black Friday phenomenon continues to grow also outside America, and today is the best day of the year to make real bargains. This is also true on the quality shoe side, here are a number of really nice sales ongoing.
Time to announce the third World Championships in Shoemaking, where the final takes place during the London Super Trunk Show on April 25 2020. In the prize pool is £6,000 (€7,000 / $7,700) and a chance to be showcased for shoe lovers around the world. Here’s all the info about the competition.
What’s the main challenges when setting up a new shoe brand, how is it to be a small player working together with a big factory, and how do you succeed in today’s highly competitive market? These are some of the questions that Tom Brone, the man behind the brand Sons of Henrey, answers in episode 4 of the Shoegazing Podcast.
The big luxury fashion houses often get a lot of crap from us in “menswear” and classic shoes. Sometimes well deserved, but they also do a lot of good. In fact, as things stand today, we probably would have had significantly fewer really good shoes in the world without them.
Saphir is perhaps the world’s most renowned manufacturer of shoe care products, with a history that goes back over 100 years in time, while also contributing to the development of new shoe and leather care products. Shoegazing visited the company’s factory in the eastern part of France.
As people’s environmental awareness increases, we have also seen a demand for vegetable tanned upper leathers to a greater extent than before. The shoes above are an example of such, with veg-tanned grain leather from the Swedish tannery Tärnsjö, on the Shoegazing boot Sarek that I did with Hungarian Vass a few years ago.
Cordovan is an immensely popular material for shoes and leather accessories, with its special character and features. However, it was not until about 100 years ago that it first started to be used for shoes, since cordovan tanneries were forced to further develop the material after a new invention caused a historical crisis for the cordovan industry.
Most people know that one should be careful not to put their leather shoes closer to hot radiators, as it risks drying out the leather. Less known is the related problem of underfloor heating, which can cause the same problems.