Melvin Flacks was one of my first customers when I started my business in 1996. He soon became a close friend and I was happy to accept the challenge he gave me with his footwear needs. This is my tribute to him.
SHOEMAKING IN THE HOPE VALLEY
One hundred years ago there were a dozen shoe factories in and around the Hope Valley, with one third of the population over the age of thirteen involved in the industry. Find out why, when and where in this presentation.
#1 MAKING AN ORTHOTIC INSOLE
An Orthotic is a device intended to add function and support to a foot. We build Orthotic insoles into most of the footwear we make, they can make all the difference between mobility and comfort against pain and discomfort.
#2 MAKING A BLANK FORM PATTERN
The blank form is the first stage of making a pattern for footwear. It converts the curved shape of the last onto flat paper so that the process of styling and pattern cutting can continue.