Category: Archives

  • Sandal Repair

    I never know how intensively my clients wear their shoes until I get them in for repair. Here’s a short composite of repairing some sandals I made in 2013.    

  • Matching Bag and Shoes

    For the folks in Portland who came to visit while I was making shoes on display in March at  Larry Olmstead’s workshop inside Halo shoes,  here is a photo of the finished shoes of my work that was in progress for 2 1/2 weeks. I made these using leather that Larry has used in several of…

  • High Tops (pair 37)

    This is the first prototype of a high top version of the ExIT Cycle™ shoe. It’s a half step from shoe to boot, and from fashion to traditional. I’m sorting out the shape and fit, then planning to refine the style into a classic men’s boot. Ankle boots can be made on the same lasts…

  • Casual Summer Oxford (Pair Number 30)

    This is the second revision of a pattern I’ve been working on. It’s the summer shoe I’ve always wanted. Light, versatile, good looking and good ventilation. It’s made from veg-tan cow (blue) and veg-tan calf (black). It has a veg-tan toe cap, veg-tan insole and footbed liner, but rubber Vibram Gumlite sole. I learned something…

  • Kangaroo cycling shoes (aka Pair Number 28)

    These are custom shoes with an extra hidden feature for riding a bike with clip and strap pedals. (Who doesn’t like extra hidden features?) This pair is also reinforced with a polymer fiberglass laminate that runs the full length of the insole. It is very thin and provides only a little extra rigidity. The cycling…

  • Pair 29 Digital Pattern

    I learned to make patterns by hand. The patterns are based on a profile of the last. You can see more information about the profile method in the Handmade Shoes for Men book, or on-line from one of the scans of the Golding books that DW Frommer makes available through the Crispin Colloquy Library. I…

  • Pair Number 29

    Pair Number 29

    I’ve been thinking about what makes for a good summer shoe. I like the idea of large holes, as in Pair Number 25, and wanted to experiment some more with unlined designs. Summer in Oregon is nice and dry, so ventilation is all you get. If you live where summer means monsoon, these will participate…

  • Pair Number 25

    This is my first bicycle touring shoe. I have been working on this prototype for a while. One day, Joel Metz, a local bike guy, brought some Carnac touring shoes from his collection for my inspection. I really loved the classic look and the straightforward design. No liner, big holes, low heel. Best of all,…

  • Pair Number 24

    These were a long time in the making and the first pair out of my new Portland studio. As such it was fitting to work together with one of the many fine people I have met since moving to Portland. I’m calling these “garden shoes.” This pair was a birthday present for my step-father (his…

  • Pair Number 23

    I’ve been meaning to make a pair of ankle boots for myself. I gave the last three pair to others. Hmpfh. Well, it was really because I bought a pair of Blundstones that always got clammy when I wore them in the cold and wet. I wanted a pair of shoes with a rubber sole…

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