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My Adventure in DIY bespoke shoemaking

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by fullb, May 21, 2009.

  1. fullb

    fullb Well-Known Member

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    Hello there,

    I would like to present my passion, my hobby. I always liked shoes and i recently decided to make myself my own pair of bespoke shoes.
    I didn't follow any class, i have just spend hours on the web to find informations. I bought tools and leather and i made the job.
    This is the final result of my first pair and i already plan to make an other one.

    [​IMG]

    If you are interested in seeing all the process you can have a look on my blog, on the link below. It is in French but there is a translation tool.

    Sorry about my poor English, if you have any question i will do my best to answer.
    I am not a professional shoemaker (i have nothing to sell), i am just an amateur who want to share his passion.
     
  2. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    MalfordOfLondon Well-Known Member

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    That is top notch!
    Any chance of an English translation? Looks like an interesting read!
     
  4. fullb

    fullb Well-Known Member

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    That is top notch! Any chance of an English translation? Looks like an interesting read!
    Yes you have the google translation tool on the top right side. It is not perfect but its better than nothing.
     
  5. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Well-Known Member

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    Yes you have the google translation tool on the top right side.
    It is not perfect but its better than nothing.

    Just quickly - how long did they take you to make?
     
  6. fullb

    fullb Well-Known Member

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    Just quickly - how long did they take you to make?

    About 100 hours all together (with the last)
     
  7. rebel222

    rebel222 Well-Known Member

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    Holy S*@t. Those are amazing. You have now inspired me to try. I am always been good with my hands, and I was going to wait until I graduated law school. I am going to start this fall.

    Those are incredible for your first pair.

    Can you post some more finished pics?
     
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    OUTSTANDING![​IMG]

    +10
     
  10. Douglas

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    bra fucking vo.

    amazing. beautiful.
     
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    Incredibly beautiful -- you are very talented. Looking forward to seeing the next pair
     
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    Fantastic..Bit of Corthay influence on the design?
     
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    Fantastic..Bit of Corthay influence on the design?
    Thank you. Yes indeed, actually my influence was a mix in between Corthay Arca and Prince of Wales Derby from Dimitri Gomez and G&G for the sole
     
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    Those are awesome!
     
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    Awesome indeed. Must be great to wear your own creation and look good!
     
  16. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    Are you planning on making a career of this? I'd think a few brands would love to have a "natural" working for them... or start your own biz?
     
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    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    Amazing.

    There is another guy on this board who also made a few pairs of his own shoes. Maybe you two should team up to compete with G&G!
     
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    I just can't believe that it is the 1st pair! Especially the OP said it is self learned.
    Amazing! Impossible!
     
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    Wow, 1st pair, self taught. Maybe I should start as well...
     
  20. TheWraith

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    Hello there,

    I would like to present my passion, my hobby. I always liked shoes and i recently decided to make myself my own pair of bespoke shoes.
    I didn't follow any class, i have just spend hours on the web to find informations. I bought tools and leather and i made the job.
    This is the final result of my first pair and i already plan to make an other one.

    [​IMG]

    If you are interested in seeing all the process you can have a look on my blog, on the link below. It is in French but there is a translation tool.

    Sorry about my poor English, if you have any question i will do my best to answer.
    I am not a professional shoemaker (i have nothing to sell), i am just an amateur who want to share his passion.


    You have my immense admiration and respect. Well done, sir.
     

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