In the first Q&A Special of the Shoegazing Podcast reigning world champion in shoemaking Daniel Wegan of Catella Shoemaker answers questions from listeners / readers, resulting in a very interesting talk about everything from his view on the more casual turn of classic footwear to a breakdown on why bespoke shoes cost so much.
The Shoegazing Podcast is back, this time with a new type of special edition episodes that will pop-up every now and then, called Q&A Specials. Basically you listeners and readers of Shoegazing.com get to ask questions to some famous names from the classic shoe industry.
This round is with Daniel Wegan, the Swede who made a name of himself working at the bespoke department of Gaziano & Girling in England for ten years. He placed second in the World Championships in Shoemaking 2018, and then won the title in 2019. Last year he left G&G to start his own bespoke brand, Catella Shoemaker. If you’ve missed it, you can hear Daniel talk about dedication in episode 3 of the Shoegazing Podcast, a very popular episode.
In this Q&A Special though, which was recorded when he visited Sweden last week, it’s you who have decided the topics. A big thanks to all who sent in questions, couldn’t fit in all, but we got a lot covered in the near hour we talked, among other things Daniel’s view on the current boom of more casual footwear and how he thinks this will affect his business, a breakdown on why bespoke shoes cost so much, about preventing work-related injuries as a shoemaker, how he works with the bottom of the lasts, why he is often wearing cheap New Balance shoes himself, and much more.
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No new podcast episodes have been recorded yet, and as I’ve mentioned before corona makes things a bit more complicated, since I prefer doing the interviews in person, I think they come out better when you can sit face to face and talk with the interviewee. But, fear not, the Shoegazing Podcast will be back with a new episode eventually.
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