The first world champion in shoemaking was appointed this weekend, with Patrick Frei from Germany winning the title, ahead of Daniel Wegan in 2nd and Philippe Atienza in 3rd. Here’s a closer look at the winning shoe in some stunning pictures, plus a couple of the runner up shoes.
Pictures are taken by photographer Janik Gensheimer Freiburg. The shoe Patrick Frei has made is a delicate black plain cap toe oxford, with a very old-school look. The most striking parts at first is perhaps the extremely narrow waist and it’s magnificent shoe tree (which was not part of the review in the competition, should be noted). But when you continue to look you see more and more details, like the tight sole stitching, the impressive heel built with more than 20 super thin heel stacks, the almost perfect rows of small nails in the bottom of the heel, a lining which also is worked on meticulously, and so on.
Patrick Frei worked around 160 hours on the shoe, and to add to that is 20 more hours of his on the shoe tree plus 20 hours by a violin maker. A tremendous effort, and a well deserved winning shoe in the first World Championships in Shoemaking, which had it’s award ceremony at the London Super Trunk Show this Saturday.
It’s not the most well-known shoemaker that won the contest, but Patrick has been working with shoes for eleven years. He has a rather different background, working as a traveling street performance artist where he among other things went coast to coast in the US juggling and performing for people in the streets. Then eleven years ago he settled down in Germany again, apprenticing at a shoemaking firm. Eight years ago he started his own brand.
Patrick Frei’s shoe will together with the 2nd place shoe made by Swede Daniel Wegan, who works at Gaziano & Girling, and 3rd place shoe by French shoemaker Philippe Atienza, now go out on a world tour. They will be showcased at the following stores:
Isetan Men’s, Tokyo
Prologue, Hong Kong
Medallion Shoes, Beijing
Kevin Seah, Singapore
Leffot, New York
Skomaker Dagestad, Oslo
Brogues Shoes, Geneva
A detailed plan of the tour of the podium shoes of the world championships will be stated later.
You can read more about the competition rules etc. here, and later on there will be a huge post going through all the 30 competition shoes that were sent in with lots of pictures and text. You can see a film from the award ceremony plus the World Championships in Shoe Shining final here. We will also have a summary of the London Super Trunk Show here on the blog later this week.
Some pictures taken by me of the podium shoes (as mentioned, much more to come on these and all other contestant’s shoes):
Amazing stuff! This competition has really pushed things.
Incredible execution. I wonder, were the makers required to sew their own uppers?
Mark: Agree, and happy for that!
Theo Hassett: Yes very good job. No, they registered under a name/brand, but then they had to state who made what on the shoe (this will be included in the larger post later). So in some cases one person did it all, some cases a closer made the upper and maker the rest, etc. Patrick Frei I know did everything himself on the shoe.
Would love to see the whole participant list and even shoes
Fantastic report. IMO Daniel Wegan´s shoe is cut above the rest.
Daizawaguy: As mentioned, it’s coming.
Rafael: Daniel’s shoe was amazing as well, especially the sole stitching!
Thanks for this beautiful event Jesper and for the picture of these incredible shoes !
Andre: Thanks for the kind words! Glad you visited again, sorry to not have more time talking to you this time.
Deutschland Uber Alles and in shoemaking hotspot of England of all places., A Fantastic event. I will defiantly be paying a visit next year.
Jesper, no worries we enjoyed a lot and I am sure all the visitors had a great time !!
Apologies again from Gary From Brogue.
Those are amazing shoes. You can feel the passion of the shoe makers just through the photos.
Thank you for organizing the event and sharing photos with us that were not there.