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.