Potential Holiday

In the prospect of taking a little holiday sometime next year I’m putting a hold on any new orders until I can get the waiting list down to a manageable number. I can’t say exactly how long this might be. I’m also hoping the little extra time I might gather during this period I can put into some new designs for both shoes and leathergoods that have been on the back burner for awhile. Here is the latest pair, some black derbys....

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Balmoral Boots

Some new boots. They are made with a golosh style vamp which is not only hard to make economical in terms of leather usage. It was also the hardest pair of shoes to take the lasts out of I have ever encountered. The boots ended up looking like they had been worn a few times due to all the exertion it took to get the lasts out. No matter. I still rate them as my best pair to date in many ways.

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Embarrassing

Turns out my number on the Captains of Industry business card is wrong. It should read 0438 425 153. My apologies to anyone trying to contact me.

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Primoeza

Some lovely ladies dropped by Captains recently and took some photos of the space, my studio and some shoes. I was especially happy to see my original ‘xo’ oxfords being worn, as they were made for the Shoe Show exhibition last year and have yet to find their feet. The rest of Elizabeths Yong’s blog, Primoeza, is full of amazing photos. Another blog to take note of is Giang Cao’s photoblog Through the Looking Glass. Once...

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The Jason Lau Project II

Jason picked up his boots today. I am very proud of the final product and he is very happy. The shoes have a thick cow hide upper with kangaroo facings and linings. This style of boot was initially a type of English hunting boot and has since been adapted for  both military cavalry and motorcylce use. They are handsewn to the insole and outsole, with stacked leather heels finished only with some sandpaper and a bone knife, a gusset style...

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Bag for Amber

I accepted a commission to make a bag for a friends birthday recently. Using a soviet military map bag as a reference, I finally got through it today. It was my first bag. I learnt a lot. The bag has space for your phone, pens, a strap in notebook and two expandable pockets. I used an oiled leather which should age nicely and a canvas interior. Will fit an iPad...

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Shoes for sale

I have a spare pair for sale at the moment. A dark brown version of the single eyelet derby ‘kate’ style. They are about a size 44 or 10.5. Drop in to Captains of Industry to try them on.

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Not so simple

This pair of shoes took ages to complete. Even though they have a very simple look they took three different fittings to get right. The client had orthotics that needed to be catered for which I hadn’t attempted before.

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MK Oxfords

The latest pair has an internal handsewn stitch to the insole and a visible handsewn stitch from the welt to the outsole. It also has a pegged heel and is pegged through the shank. A newish technique for me as all my previous shoes had visible sole stitching. Overall this is a very smart and extremely sturdy shoe – well hopefully. The MK detailing is the customers initials.

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Newsworthy

There has been a little bit of press for the new shop. If I put some links up here I suppose they will be organised somewhere for posterity at least. Check out The Age last Sunday, ThreeThousand online, Broadsheet Magazine and also Hot Spots Magazine –  Summer Edition which you can find floating around cafes and bars at the moment. I’ve also got an influx of orders for shoes. About 5 on the go at the moment so any new orders will...

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Overdue update

Over a month since my last post, I’ve been quite busy! The cafe at Captains of Industry has been pretty much handed over to the new manager and although there are times I need to help out and do back end stuff, I am as close as I am going to get to being a full time shoemaker. I’ll put some photos up of the recently completed shoes soon. I just wanted to mention some of the other work I’ve been doing since the last post....

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The Jason Lau Project

I have undertaken a project to make a pair of boots for Jason. This is a really exciting project because there is a really lovely pair of 1940s US riding boots that I get to use as source material. The style is a variation on an English boot called the Greenly Field Boot which compromises a derby style base of about seven to nine eyelets and culminates in a knee high leg with three buckles. This will be a series of posts making up a kind of...

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