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Shoemaking: Toe Puff Preparation

I've got some enquiries on what leather I use for our toe puffs so here's a short post. Our toe puffs come from Baker, a tannery in Devon UK which specialises in oak bark tanning. Baker's pit tanning process takes about 14months with fantastic end results  Toe puffs from Baker come pre-cut in about 2/2.5mm thickness.  Before and After The edges need to be skived down, with the straight edge paper thin. The round sides are skived to slightly less than 1mm so that they are still strong enough to be lasted. Skived Edge On fitting shoes, I use different toe puffs. On the left is a split leather toe puff from Japan, it comes pre-skived and already thinned but still requires...

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Shoemaking: Toe Puff

It took me a while to appreciate how much the toe puff affects the look of the finished shoes. Here's an image of a pair of chisel toe samples being made. Under those layers of leather is a ~4mm thick leather insole. Hardly noticeable due to the unbroken slope down to the feather edge. A small and subtle detail that carries a huge visual impact.

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Photo Special

Photo special for some recent works All our shoes are proudly handmade in Singapore, including handwelting and handstitched outsoles. A black wholecut oxford with medallion with full-paint black soles, black linings and completed with antique black shoe trees.   A dark brown adelaide oxfords with a half-paint sole and custom initial, completed with vintage cherry shoe trees.   In other news, Fumu socks are now 15% off with min. purchase of 2 pairs till the end of Feb. We also now offer free worldwide shipping for orders above $50 SGD. Explore our range of socks here.  

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