Bespoke Handmade Footwear
unique combination of experience and innovation is invaluable to those
whose medical or mobility problems mean they cannot be catered for by
standard, mass produced footwear. Or perhaps you just want to experience the delight of your own bespoke shoes - made as an investment in style and comfort.
Over the years, we have discovered that designing a shoe to accommodate
the individuals wishes is almost as vital as designing one which will
accommodate their disability or injury. After
all, while experience and ability can solve even the most complicated
technical problems, it is often the end result which will dictate
whether the client is pleased and therefore whether they will actually
wear the footwear.
case, a reverse club foot, we discovered that the clients' previous
manufacturer had supplied a bland pair of shoes with one foot pointing
forwards and one backwards. The
client came to us asking if we could improve on this, we came up with a
pair of trainer boots with an artificial front and a cradle to support
the foot. When our client tried them she was absolutely overjoyed. We
have been making her
footwear and other similar cases ever since.
No matter how profound the disability, the key to mobilising any client is precision in casting and measurement.
all of our highly trained staff, the lastmaker is expected to have an
excellent knowledge of anatomy, gait and disabilities affecting
he has interpreted the measures into a positive model of the
foot(either in the form of a cast or last) the manufacture of the
footwear can then begin.
pattern cutter combines an artists eye, with an engineers spatial sense
and problem-solving abilities to work out how the shoe design chosen by
the client can be adapted to accommodate the last and mobilise the
patient as envisaged by
the pattern is prepared and cut the 'clicker' will use it as a template
to cut the leather. A thorough Knowledge of materials and a feel for
grain, texture, thickness and elastic qualities is essential, also a
knowledge of the
clients lifestyle eg. weight, jobs, and hobbies etc. all play a part in
ensuring that the finished product is both comfortable and durable.
- The closer then sews the individual leather pieces together to form the upper.
- The complete upper is then stretched over it's own last which can still involve the art of hand-lasting. (pic.on product page)
can then be added, either standard or custom made. Again an
understanding of the anatomy and movement of the foot and up-to-date
knowledge of materials is vital. The right insoles will redistribute
pressure on the walking
surface, preventing or relieving callouese or ulcers.
- A temporary heel is added and the shoes are ready for a fitting.
back from fitting, if there are any alterations to be made, then the
last is altered again and the upper stretched over once more before the
sole is added and any other adaptations eg. rocker bars, wedges,
- The shoes are then polished and packaged ready for transit.
Brothers subscribes to the philosophy of total quality management. As
well as thorough testing prior to delivery, checks are incorporated into
every stage of manufacture. Each employee taking responsibility for
checking his colleagues' work, so that imperfections are picked out at
the earliest opportunity.