The First Pair

The first pair of J.S. Roberts handcrafted shoes went to sale over the weekend at the open studio sales in Carlow House. Unfortunately they didn’t sell. I wasn’t sure I would have anything ready in time so my name and product didn’t get on the advertising ticket. I will put a picture of them up shortly. If you are interested in them, drop me a line. This space will be used to showcase new designs as they come to life. Only a...

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New Lasts

Went out to Ballarat today and bought some new lasts. They were sold to me by an antique dealer so they didn’t come cheap. Nevertheless I did manage to get my hands on a range of sizes in a couple of nice designs. Hopefully some of the fortune I have spent setting myself up in this business will start to pay off soon. The good news is that I can now make my shoes to fit almost anyone. I’m going to start work on a new design tomorrow...

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Farewell Ed

The second pair is a pair of blue snakeskin oxfords. I was relatively happy with how they turned out seeing as they were the first pair of oxfords I had attemped. The leather was hard to use however and if it wasn’t so flashy you might notice some of the wrinkles I couldn’t get out while lasting. I’m tempted to make a pair for myself. And what a Charming Man man is Ed. Hope your having a lovely time state...

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Captains of Industry

Finally I have a new studio. And, well, a business to boot. After three months of hard work Captains of Industry is finally open to the public. If you haven’t heard, Captians is a new venture I have started with my good friend Thom. We are a gentlemans’ outfitter combining my handcrafted shoes with Thom’s amazing suits and some of the best gentlemanly wares and accessories made in Melbourne. There is also a cafe serving...

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Sold

The first pair of my shoes made for the public have sold. I feel very  very proud of them and Erica, my customer, seems also very happy.

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Shoe Show

My latest two pairs of shoes have for the last week been part of an exhibition at Craft Victoria entiltled Shoe Show. There are six shoemakers in total exhibiting and I feel very honoured to be included. The exhibition is on till late November. I’m obviously not a photographer so I encourage you to go see them for yourself. The first pair is a fawn coloured oxford with all leather uppers, lining, stacked heels, stiffeners and soles. It...

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