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Types of leather for high quality shoes

Types of leather for high quality shoes Men’s classic shoes are diverse in style and use, thus demanding different leathers for different occasions. Here we break down our favourite leathers for better understanding of their unique characteristics.
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THE ECONOMICS OF FEET

THE ECONOMICS OF FEET Your feet are probably one of your most overlooked valuables. This week on The Money we drop our gaze to these underappreciated extremities whose job is only getting harder as you get older and fatter. How much are they worth to you? And how much would spend for the right shoes?
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Men's boots and classic shoes

Men's boots and classic shoes Are you looking to invest in a pair of quality boots but don't know where to get started in selecting a pair? We have put together a great guide on the best men's boots. Which leather? What style? What to look for in quality? Read on to have all your questions answered.
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The maker's mark

The maker's mark “I don’t see what I do as a just a trade, I see it as building a community” says shoemaker Andrew McDonald as he works a bit of leather, his hands smoothing the material that almost melts in its obedience. 
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About the Shoemaking Process

About 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.

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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.
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VEGETABLE VS CHROME TANNING

VEGETABLE VS 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. 
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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.

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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.
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Creating a customised last

Creating a customised last
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.
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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. 
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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.

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