Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Riding Boots - Repairs and New

The London Shoemaker can fill all your riding boot needs, from measuring for new boots to repairing them whatever attention is needed. We are authorized dealers for Dehner and Vogel and can measure you and complete your order for two of the best riding boot makers in the USA. Choose the style, leather and details of your boot and have it custom made, all in the comfort of our custom store in Boyce, Virginia or on one of our trunk shows.
When your boots require attention, which they will at some point in their life, bring or send them to us and we will complete whatever is needed to get them back on your feet and back in the saddle again. We can replace the zippers, let them out or take them in, cut them down or put tops on. We can also install elastic gussets, replace worn ones, replace the soles, heels, and add or replace spur rests, whatever we can do to get them in tip top condition again we can do it. Once we have completed any work each boot is then cleaned and polished ready for its first outing.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Store Hours

The London Shoemaker-Bespoke Shoes & Custom Store is now open Monday to Saturday.
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fridays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
For all your bespoke shoe, custom slipper, shoe and boot repairs an  custom clothing and accessories come in  see what we can do for you.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Custom Shoes in Virginia USA

For the custom shoe you are looking for, look no further than making your next pair of bespoke custom shoes than with The London Shoemaker. Situated in the small town of Boyce we are open Thursdays, Fridays 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, all other times we are happy to see you-by appointment.

We also offer Custom Velvet House Shoes embroidered with initials, crests, logos etc, Custom Belts made from calf, english bridle leather or exotic skins such as alligator, ostrich, snake or lizard.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bespoke Shoes in Richmond, Virginia

Where can you be measured for bespoke shoes in Richmond, Virginia?
Franks Custom Clothiers at 101 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 is where, by appointment, The London Shoemaker-Paul Davies is able to measure you for a pair of the finest hand made to measure bespoke shoes. While you visit, and are measured for your shoes, relax in the comfort of Mr. Franklin Morris's store and choose the style of shoe, the shape, the color and material, the lining, the sole thickness, the heel height-choose everything that goes into making the shoe of your dreams. Mr. Davies will help and guide you through the process of ordering your bespoke shoes and help in designing a shoe that is as individual as you are. 

Mr. Davies is at Franks Custom Clothiers the last Saturday of May, July, September, November 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and all other times by appointment.

You can contact Mr. Paul Davies at his store 540-837-2016 or directly on his cell 540-222-6267

Saturday, May 9, 2015

What Makes a Bespoke Shoe?

There's a good question-what makes a bespoke shoe? Is it the person who measures you*, the person who makes the last*, the person who cuts the pattern, cuts the leather, closes the upper or the bottom maker who puts the soles, heels, stiffeners and toe puffs in to the shoe? The answer to the question is-all of the above.....BUT, with a few of the above can make a very big difference.

The overall shoe can change a lot if we don't follow correct procedures, at The London Shoemaker, the person who measures you ALSO MAKES THE LAST! Why is this important? Well, think about it, that person who measures you also relates those measurements to the shape and form being created for you as a customer, therefore, rather than just write a measure here, draw an arch there, make a mark on the paper somewhere else-who has to decipher all these notes? Answer-THE LAST MAKER! You cannot relate all this information to another person as precise as the person who measures and makes the last, you cannot relate all this information to a company who produces a last to the measurements the person gives them-that is impersonal service, not a personal service. The shoe starts LAST FIRST! If you are not a trained last maker how can you relate the measurements or relevant details to someone else or a company, something will be missed, then they wonder why the shoe doesn't fit correctly!

At The London Shoemaker-we INSIST that our last maker measures you, this ensures that after we have taken the measurements and any appropriate details required in making the shoe fit correctly and any relevant details marked down regarding fit, style, color etc are then used to make the last in house in our work shop. When you next order your bespoke shoes ask if the person measuring you actually MAKES the last and not passes this information to someone else, also make sure they actually MAKE THE LAST and DON"T fit up a stock last. There are last makers and there are last 'Fitters', if you are getting a truly bespoke shoe then make sure the lasts are also made by hand-not a machine and fitted up! There are correct ways of making things and to have the whole process done by hand is what you get when you come to The London Shoemaker.

With all that said, when we make you a bespoke pair of shoes at The London Shoemaker, WE measure you, WE hand carve the last, We use West End of London Closer and Bottom Makers, people we have worked with for over 30 years! Our experience is the best and that is exactly what we offer-a bespoke shoe in the USA that is totally hand made to the same exact standards or better than a shoe made in London.

Come in and visit us and have your next bespoke shoe made by us, by hand, the way it should be made.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The London Shoemaker-Custom Shirts

Custom Shirts by The London Shoemaker are available to order now either in store
or at one of our trunk shows. We can measure you and guide you through the various choices you can make on designing your ultimate shirt. Choose the collar, the front, the back, the cuff and collar lining, choose a pocket or plain front and have your shirt monogrammed with your initials. You can sit in comfort and have a wide choice of the finest shirting materials available.
From ordering, we can make your shirt or copy a favorite fitting shirt you may have in just a couple of weeks. We can also make corresponding collars and cuffs, whatever your choice, we are able to make. There is nothing quite like the fit of a custom shirt that has been made to your measurements. Whatever way you like a shirt to fit whether it be tailored and close or with more room for movement, or straight cuffs or french cuffs, the choice you make will create the shirt you have only ever dreamed of.

Visit us in Boyce to see what we have to offer-your little bit of luxury in the country.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The London Shoemaker-Itinerary for April & May 2015

The London Shoemaker-Paul Davies will be in the following cities;

April 25th             Washington DC-Field English Custom Tailors
May 3rd-4th         Knoxville, Tennessee-Crowne Plaza (Call)
May 4th-5th         Nashville, Tennessee-Hyatt Place (Call)
May 30th             Richmond, Virginia-Franks Custom Clothiers

For an appointment in any of the cities please call Paul Davies 540-222-6267