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  1. Hello everyone, I was looking for a thread about coming shoe exhibitions but couldn't find any. So therefor I opened this one. Many of us seem to be shoelovers in general not only for high heels. However, every shoe exhibition in a museum I have seen so far (4 in the last years) has at least also some high heels. Most often it is that one would go but doesn't know at all what might when and weher happen resp. on display. So therefor I thought it would be good to announce upcoming shoe related exhibitions here. My focus is mostly on european exhibitions. But everyone should feel free to also post what is going on around the world. I for one would have loved to see the "Killer Heels" exhibition of the Brooklyn Museum. So now to what is coming up: Paris (FR), Musée des Art Décoratifs, "MARCHE ET DÉMARCHE, UNE HISTOIRE DE LA CHAUSSURE" https://madparis.fr/francais/musees/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/expositions/prochaines-expositions/marche-et-demarche-une-histoire-de-la-chaussure/ Offenbach (D), Deutsches Ledermuseum, "Step by Step" https://www.ledermuseum.de/vorschau/ Please feel free to add anything to this thread what comes up in your area or what you become aware of. manoleat
  2. I was at the EMO this year but sadly didn't see such a beautiful piece of art...
  3. Hello Pierre, as a hobbyist I sadly don't have the time to make shoes or boots on order. Anyhow, these are mostly my first steps and there are still some issues I will have to sort out. Tank you for your interest though! manoleat
  4. I am the hobbyist behind them, yes. Thank you!
  5. That’s what I love on vintage boots like these. In a shorter version they were called babydoll toes. Thank you very much! Sadly the Lady I made them for couldn’t wear them. At least that’s what she said.
  6. Something for the lovers of about 1930‘s style button up boots here. These are not originally vintage but finished last year.
  7. Even shanks could be replaced by a good shoemaker. But that might exceed the worth of the boots possibly?
  8. There is not a machine that makes shoes. Actually shoemaking doesn’t need any machines at all even though at least a sewing machine comes in quite handy. Beyond that it’s all about a handful of tools and not forget: The skills of the shoemaker!
  9. Caroline Groves makes only bespoke shoes and boots. She has no showroom but sometimes does trunk shows - in New York for example. Last year in October I was given the unique opportunity to meet her. She is a very nice Lady and at least had one of her boots with her so I could "inspect" this gem. On the picture you can see me "comparing" my boot with hers. A total different league of course... ;-) I also visited Natacha Marro in her workshop that day. What a nice crazy Lady and also awesome shoe and boot designs. All this happened during the London Fetish Weekend and I surely won't forget that!
  10. Since the old 1930's thread is closed I would like to open a new one with one of my latest purchases. These shoes have been recently sold at Kerry Taylor Auctions and I was the lucky bidder. They were made for Regent Shoe Stores in Wardour Street, London. Another specialized shop in high heels back then was National Shoes, also in Wardour Street. Both got their high heel shoes and boots made in Belgium. Sadly I don't know which manufacturer back then worked for them. Not so long ago I learned that Belgium was big in the shoe industry back then. Interesting with these shoes is that they are quite a big size. Imprinted on the sole is a 44 but they are to todays standards a narrow 43, still big though. They sport a 6.25" heel. So high heel fetish was nothing new for men back then. I also have other shoes and boots in that size from the era 1930's to 1950's.
  11. Silvia Fado includes some small springs in her designs. Surely not like shown above but they still take a bit of the shock.
  12. I am sorry but as far as know you can't do nothing about that. Real patent leather is often much more durable but can get tricky in time also. For example some easily take color from other next to them stored boots or shoes. Also some patent leathers get sticky in time. I have a vintage pair that has this problem and also black patent leather application get grey...too bad. I asked a leather specialist about that. They told me I can't do anything to preserve the leather as it is.
  13. A bit late here but here are my 5 Cents: Storing them with hangers you want to keep apart different colors with some paper. Darker boots can stain brighter and patent leather takes anything! I store most of mine in their boxes or the vintage ones in cotton bags, toe stuffed with tissue and rolled then (lace up boots). Well, my longest are 120cm...wouldn't work any way. With not very soft leather they should not be stored folded longer. For them you should get a box big enough and store them rolled into thin paper/tissue.
  14. Well, I guess the link above was not very helpful if you don't have much money and time to spend. But there are other possibilities you maybe can take on a few days of vacation. I have to say that I have no experience with these courses so recommendation is impossible for me. But since you are located in London some should be reachable for you. http://shoes.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=shoes&cdn=style&tm=101&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_p504.6.342.ip_&tt=2&bt=5&bts=5&zu=http%3A//www.prescottandmackay.co.uk/ http://icanmakeshoes.com/ http://www.paulthomasshoes.com/content/handmade01.htm and also sometimes in Budapest: http://www.shoemakingcourse.com/ videos here: I hope this will have been helpful for you.
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