A guide to the Shoemaking Process

A guide to the Shoemaking Process

Welcome to part 1 of our tutorial series which shares our process for making handcrafted shoes.

Finding the right leather for your shoes is an ongoing quest .

Step by step guide:  patternmaking

Step by step guide: patternmaking

Pattern making is the process of drawing on the last and making the pattern pieces for the upper, heel, sole, insole and stiffeners.  The first step in making the upper pattern is to create a forme which is a blueprint of the last size, shape and heel.
VEGETABLE TANNING VERSUS CHROME TANNING

VEGETABLE TANNING VERSUS CHROME TANNING

While vegetable tanned leather does take longer to produce, in a process requiring the care of skilled craftsmen, making for a more expensive product, the tradition and handmade process add to the richness and the exclusivity of vegetable tanned leather. 

Chestnut tanned soles and insoles

Chestnut tanned soles and insoles

Chestnut tanned soles create a richer darker coloured sole leather, tanned with hardwood chestnut extract. The soles are tanned for a longer period in the tan to improve durability resistance and edge finishing.
Making Toe Puffs & Heel Counters

Making Toe Puffs & Heel Counters

Heel counters and toe puffs sometimes called "stiffeners" are the leather parts which give the heel and toe structure in a shoe. These pieces in A.McDonald shoes are made from oak bark tanned belly or shoulder grade leather. 

Taking measurements For Last Making

Taking measurements For Last Making

All custom made shoes start with foot/leg measurements. The outline of the foot and corresponding measurements are drawn onto a sheet of paper. These measurements are then transferred to a last . 


Measurements and Sizing

Measurements and Sizing

The length of a foot is commonly defined as the distance between two parallel lines that are perpendicular to the foot and in contact with the most prominent toe and the most prominent part of the heel. 
How to Custom Fit a Pair of Shoes

How to Custom Fit a Pair of Shoes

One overlooked aspect of the fitting process is how do you measure the sensitivity of the foot. This can only be done through a series of fittings that show the true fit of the clients foot.

CARE AND REPAIR OF YOUR SHOES

CARE AND REPAIR OF YOUR SHOES

This is the first article in our ongoing series: " The Complete Shoemaking Process ". The next entry in the series is about measurements and sizing .



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SIZING

This sizing chart is designed as a comparison to commonly used sizing systems . The systems differ in what they measure , what unit of measure they use and where the size 0 is positioned . The english system for mens shoes that i use is based on the length of the last measured in barleycorn 1/3inch . If you are uncertain of your size and how it translates to my sizing system please email and we will endeavour to assess your size .

WOMENS SIZING CHART

English 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5
European 35 36 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40.5 41 42 42.5
Australian 5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11
U.S 5 6 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5
Japanese 22 22.5 23.5 23 23.5 24 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5

MENS SIZING CHART

English Australia 4 4.5 5.5 6 6.5 7 8 8.5 9 10 10.5 11 12 12.5 13
U.S 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13
European 38 38.5 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47
Japanese 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31
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