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From Florence to York: Introducing Old-Sole

From Florence to York: Introducing Old-Sole

You’ll find our shop on Swinegate, in amongst some of the city’s finest clothing brands and eateries. But what you might not know is that the Old Sole journey started over a thousand miles away in the beautiful Italian city of Florence.

 

Old Sole founder Louis Smith fell in love with traditional handmade shoemaking while working in the London fashion industry. He knew that to really become a master craftsman he would need to get an apprenticeship, but in an increasingly rare trade positions are hard to find. Luckily for Yorkshire shoe lovers, Louis...


Shoe Style Watch: Spring/Summer 2017

Shoe Style Watch: Spring/Summer 2017

As we ease into spring, you may be starting to think about updating your look for the Spring/Summer season.

This season’s menswear catwalk shows in London, Paris, New York and Milan brought with them a range of footwear trends. Below we’ve rounded up the key footwear styles for Spring/Summer 2017.

 

Convertible shoes

Yes, you read that right. In some kind of transformer-inspired move, two-in-one footwear appeared in a number of guises on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks. The notable design feature of these two-in-one shoes was a very supple leather back...


Tools of the Shoe Trade: Lasts

Tools of the Shoe Trade: Lasts

The process of traditional shoemaking involves a whole host of specialist tools. We’re making it our mission to introduce you to some of them. We’re starting with lasts, which are one of the most crucial bits of equipment a shoemaker keeps in their workshop.

A last is a solid form in the shape of a foot. They have various uses in a shoemaker’s workshop, but primarily they’re used as moulds to create new shoes. A shoemaker will have hundreds of lasts, all in different shape and size variations. These useful pieces of equipment are also used to...