Camel Leather Chukka’s or Desert Boots

  This Camel was a bit of an experiment for me but it lasted beautifully and I’m happy with how the dye came out. It’s from a Tannery near Abu Dhabi which is supposed to be 100% Sustainable. Like kangaroo, camel hide is several times stronger than cow and the nomadic beasts take a far lesser toll on the land. These are on our vintage American G&R lasts and were for a customer with a narrow foot especially in the heel which...

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Ladies Adelaide in Emu Leather

This shoe was also for the NGV’s “Melbourne Now” exhibition. They are made from Emu leather with Emu leg for the facings. The lining is Kangaroo. Hand sewn welts and outsole, the finest I have done in terms of stitch length on the outsole. Even made the laces for these guys.          ...

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Double Monk Strap Shoes in Hand-dyed Roo with Emu Facing

My second pair for the NGV’s “Melbourne Now” exhibition. These are a kind of whole cut double monk with a storm welt construction. It was the first time I’d tried the storm welt which comes down the side of the shoe then out. I’m fairly happy with it though. The facing under the strap is Emu leg. I had an Australia coat of arms theme going with this work. These are made on our vintage american G’n’R...

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Full Brogue Boot in Hand-dyed Roo

These full brogue boots were for an exhibition at Victoria’s National Gallery, “Melbourne Now”. They are constructed using a norwegian welt and have a chain stitch around the heel. Anthony Delos was a big inspiration for the construction of these. Hand-dyed, thick Roo leather was used with calf linings. Punching out the brogues by hand took some time.        ...

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