Button up oxfords for D.B.S.

The latest shoes from the Roberts & Hassett studio are a pair of oxford style tan shoes with ‘xo’ brogueing and vintage shoe buttons. I bought these buttons ages ago and they came with a really nifty attachment tool that looks like a really nasty pair of pliers. I have a fair supply of the buttons but a very limited number of the little rivets they attach to. If anyone knows where to find them please drop me a...

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Experiment

This pair of boots is different to our usual work and is a prototype for an upcoming project. It is an unlined boot made from very thick cow hide. The rand, sole & heel are pegged down with wooden pegs instead of being stitched together. All this means that the boots were constructed in 2-3 days instead of the usual 5-6. server hosting info I am currently wearing them daily to find out how well they will hold...

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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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