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The picture – Antique shoemaking machines

If you visit shoe factories today, it varies greatly between older and more modern machinery parks, not infrequently also within each factory. However, it’s not very common to use as old machines as the one in the picture above. This lasting machine dates from the first half of the 20th century, and is located in Gaziano & Girlings factory in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

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The picture – Deluxe shoe boxes

I have previously here on the blog written about how luxurious shoe boxes nowadays often are used to create an exclusive experience for the customers, not least among bespoke shoemakers. French Berluti play in the top league when it comes to this, with their handmade and hand painted wooden boxes that match the shoes ordered.

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The picture – Exclusive patent leather

Regular patent leather means that the skin is covered with a glossy plastic film, cheap and easy. These shoes from the Japanese bespoke shoemaker Marquess are made in a really exclusive, very unusual patent leather that has been treated with a kind of waxy surface, which gives the same shine but allows the leather to breathe and receive care as ordinary leather. Patent shoes that have an interesting story.

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The picture – “Handmade” shoes

Do you think the picture above shows something being handmade? Sure, there are hands in the picture, but the main part here is a large, in this case also modern, machine. It stands next to maybe 30-40 other large shoemaking machines which are all part of the production of what nowadays more often than not are called “handmade”. To all shoe brands and shoe manufacturers out there who devaluate words and give untrue info to your customers, below is a list of phrases to help you give the correct info from now on. You are all welcome!

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The picture – Re-union with old shoes

A couple of weeks ago I got to “meet” these Riccardo Bestetti Maverick adelaides again, which I had to sell a couple of years ago since the heel didn’t fit. A bit like meeting an old girlfriend for the first time in years. You only see how lovely they are at first, but then as you spend some time with them you remember the problematic parts that made you go separate ways.

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The picture – The possibility to modify fit

You often talk about the possibilities of getting a better fit with bespoke shoes, versus RTW shoes made on generic lasts. Another interesting part is the great possibilities of adjusting the fit of a bespoke shoe later on, since they basically always have both toe and heel stiffeners in real leather, and then the personal lasts that can easily be modified. The shoes above are my first bespoke pair from Gaziano & Girling, which I just got back after having this done.

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