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Bespoke Shoemaking, A Comprehensive Guide to Handmade Footwear - Tim Skyrme

This site is dedicated to books on shoemaking and boot making and these books cover all aspects of this craft.

Below is a list of authors and books available from this site, apart from me, Tim Skyrme, as well as links to shoe makers and footwear schools and colleges around the world.

Those authors include George Koleff, a well known teacher and educator from Adelaide, South Australia, whose books also cover boot and shoe design, as well as last building, and ugg boot making.

Frank Jones edited the industry standard book on pattern cutting, which has been revised and improved.

Ron Edwards was an Australian collector of handcrafts and his books on leatherwork, knot tying and plaiting whips and belts are really useful.

The links will take you to the individual pages for those authors and an expanded list of the contents.

I have special deals on most books when purchased with another of a similar or corresponding type. I am available by email for anything else you may want to add to an order.

Bespoke Shoemaking, A Comprehensive Guide to Handmade Footwear - By Tim Skyrme

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This text book is designed to teach the art and craft of handmade shoemaking. Using simple, easy to follow images, it takes you from sharpening a knife, through making the patterns, cutting and sewing the leather, lasting the shoe and finishing the soles after attachment. Everything needed to create a pair of shoes.

Bespoke shoemaking means that you are making the footwear of whatever type, be it shoes, boots, or sandals, according to the requirements of the customer. That is, taking foot measurements, drawing up the patterns, and making the footwear using materials that you have agreed upon with the customer.

This manual is designed for students and other interested people, to learn to make shoes by hand, using traditional methods which require very little in the way of machinery. There has been no text book until now that tells you what to do once the patterns are cut. This one does.

This text book will also allow students to learn at home, if accessing a learning institution is not viable. Living in Australia, I am fully aware of the problems of distance when trying to study.

This shoemaking manual runs to 300 pages with 700 images. They are all taken from photos and video footage of me making the shoes, so they show the correct positioning for the hands when holding tools and performing tasks.

Used as a text book in many boot and shoemaking schools, and by hundreds of individual shoe and bootmakers around the world, it has proved it's worth many times over.

Simple Sandalmaking, Sandals anyone can make.

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This book contains 10 styles of sandals that can be made by anyone who can use simple tools.

This book contains 209 pages with all shapes and sizes, and strap lengths, with instructions on how to thread up the straps and put the various stylestogether. Not designed specifically for shoemakers, this book only has styles that

do not use lasts, which makes them perfect for leatherworkers or anyone wishing to make a single pair or start a business.

Most of these styles are timeless, consisting of one long strap that is threaded through an insole and around the foot in different configurations. These sandals were made popular during the 1970s but have been with us probably for centuries.

 

 

Simple Sandal Kits

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Sandal Kits for those who want to try out sandal making without investing in large quantities of materials, this is the answer.

All the pieces needed for making the sandals in the Simple Sandalmaking book are here, in one bag.

Using leather insoles and straps, EVA soles and rubber midsoles, these sandal kits can be used in conjunction with the Simple Sandalmaking book or just as the basis for your own designs.

 

 

 

 

Sole Press Patterns, to make your own sole press

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A sole press is a really useful piece of equipment for the shoe/boot/sandal maker.

It makes a clean professional look to your soles and can be used for helping shape insoles to the last. This one is was designed to be used by solo shoemakers, or even in small workshops with more than one maker.

As it works on compressed air, a compressor is an advantage, but this press can also be used with a car tyre pump or even a bicycle pump if required.

The pack contains photos and plans and sizes of the required parts, it should be straightforward for a competent metalworker/boilermaker to make for you. The reason for patterns is that because of the weight, postage would be too expensive.

This press is small and can be packed away easily, making it really suitable for a small space, in my opinion it is one of those tools that makes you wonder what you did before you got one.

George Koleff, Master Shoemaker, books and video.

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George Koleff wrote several books for shoemakers, and all of these books are backed by George's experience as a Master Shoemaker who learned his trade in Bulgaria in the 1920s. It is thanks to George that I was motivated to write my books.

These books all use the geometric method of pattern cutting which is based more on the foot and it's measurements than the last, which means the last can be built up later if required.

You can find video of George on youtube, making tools for use for shoemaking.

 

 

 

 

Pattern Cutting, Step by Step - Edited by Frank Jones

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This is a revised version of an earlier work that was re-worked to be bigger and better than before, with added patterns and information.

A must for the shoemaker, whether working by themselves or in industry, this book is already an industry standard, and is the preferred textbook in shoemaking colleges around the world.

These mean formes are based on the covered last method of pattern cutting which is used extensively where shoemakers use lasts.

 

 

 

 

Ron Edwards, leatherwork books.

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Ron Edwards has written some really useful small books for leatherworkers.

Covering a wide range of subjects and expertise, these books are overflowing with illustrations and how-to-go-about the projects.

Strongly focussing on plaiting and knot tying they also teach saddle making and repair as well as general leather projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoemaking Schools Worldwide, a list of places to learn shoemaking.

 

These are links to shoemaking/bootmaking schools and colleges around the world. Hopefully this will make your search for a learning establishment a bit easier.

Shoemaking Videos

 

Some youtube videos showing me lasting up and also some of Geoge Koleff making some tools.