My Adventure in DIY bespoke shoemaking

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

  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior 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?
     


  2. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    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!
     


  3. Fishball

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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...
     


  5. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior 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.


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


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    Cordovan Senior member

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    Wow. I'm amazed and in awe. Well done.

    Do they fit as nicely as they look?

    Cordovan
     


  7. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    Those are amazing. Hard to believe they are your first attempt. The heel and the sole look so clean and sharp. Very well done.
     


  8. fullb

    fullb Senior member

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    Thanks to all of you for your very kind comments.

    I confirm it is really my first pair and i learned it all by myself (i had few exchange and advices from cobblers and professional shoemakers but not any tuition and lots of informations from the French forum http://depiedencap.leforum.eu/portal.php.

    I made as well few leather goods with the extra leather i had.
    A mail bag and a belt

    [​IMG]

    And a wallet

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  9. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    Wow. I like the color of the reverse side of the belt and inside the wallet. It certainly looks like you've had a lot of practice.

    Was the leather you used hard to source?
     


  10. fullb

    fullb Senior member

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    Wow. I like the color of the reverse side of the belt and inside the wallet. It certainly looks like you've had a lot of practice.
    Thank you, but that was my first experience too. The inside of the bag has the same color [​IMG]
    Not so much i found through a French web site, i had a lot of phone call exchange with the company and the send me few samples to be sure. It is the same leather i used for the shoes. But for the next shoes i will get something much better, i have found who provide John Lobb...
     


  11. Tibor

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    Simply wonderful. If you wanted to, you could definitely have a career in the Fashion Industry. As you probably know, you are very talented.
     


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    Well done - A Superb effort and A Talent - Good luck with your future!
     


  13. cmeisenzahl

    cmeisenzahl Senior member

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    WOW, FANTASTIC work!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  14. Style Pyle

    Style Pyle Well-Known Member

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    now where is the english version of all that? Great job
     


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    Bravo! I would be interested if you could continue to update the Forvm on your progession and lessons learned. Again, well done!
     


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