After choosing the style and taking many measurements, a last is selected and adjusted to fit and flatter the foot. A simple mock-up of the shoe is made and tried on at the first fitting.
The shoe is built from the insole up. The pattern is made and the leather is carefully stitched before being pulled into place. The shoe is tried on at the second fitting, before the sole has been added. If adjustments are to be made an extra fitting might be required.
There are a variety of soling materials to chose from depending on the shoe, including Italian leather and natural rubber. After the sole is added, it is allowed to cure, then polished and ready for pick-up.
Zoe is from Windsor England and studied fashion design in London before moving to the U.S.
After moving to Waco, TX for her husband's career, Zoe did an apprenticeship at Uptmor Saddlery where she learned traditional leather work and boot making from master boot maker Greg Carmack.
Zoe received instruction from many great shoemakers she visited with and completed her footwear education by becoming a board-certified pedorthist. Zoe now lives in Austin, TX, with her husband and two children.
At your first appointment please bring old shoes that you like or don't like so that I can see wear patterns and problem areas. Also bring pictures and any other information, to help me understand exactly what you are looking for.
3720 Far West Blvd. Suite 106, Austin, TX
Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday by appointment