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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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