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New bespoke shoe option in Northern Ireland

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Nonk, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Nonk

    Nonk Well-Known Member

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    Carrying on from my advocacy of Smyth & Gibson of Belfast shirts recently, I thought I would make the members aware of a new bespoke shoemaker, also in Northern Ireland.

    http://www.robinsonsshoemakers.com/a...ns_repairs.asp

    Robinsons of Carrickfergus, a long established cobbler have expanded, and taken on an Eastern European chap and now offer a full-bespoke service.

    Robinsons are trying to position themselves as a centre of excellence for shoes in Northern Ireland (Carrickfergus clientele will hardly keep them going, but they could steal customers from that place on Sandy Row, Belfast that people are too frightened to go to, and Bishops in Coleraine) and have swanky new premises, full of Church’s, Barkers and Loakes, but it is the man in the back that arouses the real interest.

    They are very friendly indeed and I was invited to look around, saw the man at work and the small but expanding shelf of lasts that he has made for their customers.

    His work looked beautiful, although I am no expert.

    He even had a small supply of cordovan of which he was very proud and which seems to be a favourite here.

    I will try to visit again soon and take some pics. I did advise the very helpful owner there (Mr Robinson?) to familiarise himself with the Style Forum, AAAC etc.

    Any forum members passing along the Antrim coast should call in. Nice people and very willing to chat to visitors who are passionate about shoes.

    Thank God I was wearing my Edward Greens and not Converses when I visited.
     
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  2. adagio

    adagio Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nonk,

    Any indication of their prices? Not much info on their website.

    Adagio
     
  3. Nonk

    Nonk Well-Known Member

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    I am reluctant to provide figures, as I would not want to damage someone's business by misquoting, but I seem to remember around £200-300 for the last and approx £500-600 for the shoes I think.

    I have invited the owner to have a look at this thread and answer any queries.

    Hopefully he will post some shoe porn from my home town!
     
  4. adagio

    adagio Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    Some pics would be nice.

    A
     
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    Yeah, I can't believe they don't have any pictures of their work
     
  6. rob703

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    Hello Firstly many thanks for yuor comments and taking the time to look at the website. Unfortuantly the site was set up in by-gone days and was never really updated. We have now invested in a new site and hope to add e-commerce to it in the coming months with even the possibilty of offering a fully bespoke service online. I would very much welcome any comments on our new site either postive or negative. Visit us now at www.robinsonsshoes.com With regards to price as you may have noted there is no indication as they do vary widely depending on the style of shoe. But as a basic guide we start at a one off last payment of £200, then Ladies shoes between £250-£600 and Gents starting at £500. I hope this information is of use to someone and if you have any question at all please feel free to leave a reply or send us a PM. Kind regards John Robinsons Shoemakers Carrickfergus.
     
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  7. RJmanbearpig

    RJmanbearpig Well-Known Member

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    Hello

    Firstly many thanks for yuor comments and taking the time to look at the website. Unfortuantly the site was set up in by-gone days and was never really updated. We have now invested in a new site and hope to add e-commerce to it in the coming months with even the possibilty of offering a fully bespoke service online. I would very much welcome any comments on our new site either postive or negative. Visit us now at www.robinsonsshoes.com

    With regards to price as you may have noted there is no indication as they do vary widely depending on the style of shoe. But as a basic guide we start at a one off last payment of £200, then Ladies shoes between £250-£600 and Gents starting at £500.

    I hope this information is of use to someone and if you have any question at all please feel free to leave a reply or send us a PM.

    Kind regards
    John
    Robinsons Shoemakers
    Carrickfergus.

    Welcome to the site!! The bespoke pictures look nice.

    Do you get a lot of people singing the ballad "Carrickfergus" to you when they see your city name?
     
  8. I. Gentantithesis

    I. Gentantithesis Well-Known Member

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    Bump update: RTW Irish Made Gunboats about which I know nothing other than the webprop.
    www.robinsonsshoes.com
     
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    Pretty good price on Loake shoe trees, bearing in mind that they offer free worldwide delivery.
     
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    Are they still making bespoke? I might be in Ulster later in the year and I quite like the look of those Andrew Jackson brogues.
     
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    I. Gentantithesis Well-Known Member

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    .....Kudos to anyone still making shoes in Ireland....

    Are these folk still funct? www.tuttyshandmadeshoes.com In the late '70s, Eire TV produced a series of half hour programs on Irish artisans titled "Hands" ( http://www.irelandstraditionalcrafts.com/hands.htp ). Tutty's was the featured bespoke bootmaker. In the '80s they had a RTW shop in Dublin's Powerscourt. (The featured tailor in the Hands series was Johnson's of Tullow > http://www.independent.ie/opinion/an...n-1923942.html

    Paul Stuart's (NYC) best footwear line was made by Dublin's Winstanley until the early or mid '80s. PS's Winstanley was priced about 25% above the succeeding Edward Green line.

    (US President Andy Jackson's (born in NC/SC or SC/NC USA) father was from Carrickfergus. That explains the brogue's name.)
     
  13. Racing Green

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    Winstanleys are long gone I'm afraid. A famous name from my childhood along with Blackthorn in Dundalk who still have a shop but I'm not sure if they're still manufacturing.

    Never heard of Tuttys, will have to do some investigating.
     
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    What is the VAT rate in Ireland and are they refundable when shipped outside EU?
     
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    What is the VAT rate in Ireland and are they refundable when shipped outside EU?

    21% in the Republic and I think it's back up to 17.5% in the North. VAT is refundable from both jurisdictions as far as I'm aware.
     
  16. RobinsonsShoes

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    Are they still making bespoke? I might be in Ulster later in the year and I quite like the look of those Andrew Jackson brogues.

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    Hello Folks, always nice to find out people are talking about our shoes online. We were recently referred to this website by a customer who had bought a pair of our Irish Brogues after hearing about them here.

    I just wanted to update everyone on how Ireland's only shoemakers is doing. We are currently extending out range of premade footwear to include a range of traditional boots and country brogues, these will sit nicely alongside the Andrew Jackson and Chester A Arthur currently avaliable http://www.robinsonsshoes.com/p0/rob...brogues/77.htm

    Our bespoke handmade service is going from strength to strength even in these times of austerity. We are very proud to have Tony Slinger as one of our expert shoemakers, Tony has previously worked as a boot maker for the Queen's Household Cavalry and his experience as a bespoke shoemaker is second to none.

    We always welcome feedback and advice on our website and styles so please feel free to contact us directly or reply to this message with any thoughts.
     
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  17. phailing101

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    I'm looking at these beauties from Robinson's.

    I'll report back with a review if I end up finding a size that fits my 13US flippers.

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  18. RobinsonsShoes

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    Avaliable up to size 13 F, G or H (UK). We will make bigger if needed.

    If you are in any doubt of size send us through your foot measurements and we will match it to the exact size, width and last.

    Also if you are ordering don't forget to mention what you want embroidered on the shoe bags.

    thanks
    John
     
  19. Geoff Gander

    Geoff Gander Well-Known Member

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    I just wanted to update everyone on how Ireland's only shoemakers is doing. We are currently extending out range of premade footwear to include a range of traditional boots and country brogues.


    This sounds very promising. When you say, "traditional boots", do you mean formal balmoral boots?

    Just wondering,

    Geoff
     
  20. phailing101

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    I just ordered a pair of the Andrew Jackson's in peat pictured above. Robinson's helped me out quite a bit on the sizing so I've been quite impressed with their customer service.

    Not to mention you get personalized dust bags, a shoe horn and appropriate polish with your order!

    I'm anxious to see the quality since is the first line under their Presidential Collection.

    If the quality is there, I will be looking for some country boots as their prices, customer service and turn around time for delivery is much better than some of the English (C&J) and US (Alden) makers right now. I simply can't be waiting 14 weeks for a turn around on non-bespoke shoes!!
     

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