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.