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September 7, 2020

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Our Recommended EU Shoe Cobbler – Shoespa Amsterdam

The one, and only, thing that I like about Instagram is the ability to discover new things that you otherwise never would have. One of those things, for me, was Shoespa Amsterdam who recently recrafted a pair of my brands’ shoes and did an incredible job. Our customer posted this on IG and through tagging I was able to discover this small workshop that doesn’t appear to have a website (not to be confused with […]

July 20, 2020

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Bedo’s Leatherworks – Handwelted Spade Soles

While factory shoemakers in America remain in a constant state of relevance (or lack thereof in my book) in the shoe industry, shoe repairmen in the US are going to the next level of greatness as they strive to offer recraft services that are better than our local shoemakers (factory makers). Steve Doudaklian, of Bedo’s Leatherworks, proves that here as he hand-welts a pair of spade soles onto a brand new pair of Vass shoes. […]

April 21, 2020

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No Pair is Beyond Saving

A good shoe shine artist is like a magician. They bring things back from the dead and make transformations that would make your eyes pop out. But make no mistake about it and I will say this loudly ‘that there are not many that have these capabilities.’ Shining a shoe is not the same as rejuvenating the dead. It takes another skill. Anyone can shine a pair of shoes. Few can restore them to their […]

July 1, 2017

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Shoe Cobblers

Let me first off start by saying one thing: a cobbler is not a shoemaker. This is one thing that bothers me and has just seem to have stuck in people’s heads since the dawn of time. Cobblers, at one point in time, did double as shoemakers and shoe menders, but in this day and age, they are simply people who fix other people’s shoes. Now don’t get me wrong cobblers can also be artisans, […]

April 15, 2016

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The French Sole Treatment in London

I always find it interesting to see how different cultures like different things when it comes to their footwear, whether it be in regards to fit, how to treat the sole, how to polish etc. Well, the combination of added rubber pieces to your soles mixed with toe plates is a very common amongst the French speaking part of the European world. While it is especially very common in Paris, you will also find many […]

August 4, 2015

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Worn to Reborn – The Decorative Sole Repairer

Art can be expressed in so many ways it is not even funny. Could be by building a place mat with wine cork or creating a small sculpture with hanger wire to simply creating beautiful drawings. But today we are talking about shoe art, because what else is there to talk about on a shoe blog?!! The art in question takes form in the decoration of shoe repairing whereby a young man in England takes […]

April 15, 2013

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My Recommended Shoe Cobbler

Part of being a good shoe brand is offering your customers a place in which they can confidently take their shoes to once they start to need new parts put on, or simply want to make some adjustments to them, such as putting on toe taps. Most brands in England offer this refurbishment service by sending the shoes back to their factory. This is clearly the best option that one can do, however, it is […]