A man's shoes are the most important items in his wardrobe. However, a pair of custom-made welted shoes goes beyond mere items of apparel. They are the creation of a master craftsman, expressing the social standing of the wearer while simultaneously providing the delicate structure of the feet with optimum protection from the stress and strain of everyday life. Custom-made shoes are also a work of art in leather, designed for the distinctive feet and the individual taste of the fashion-conscious gentleman. This book takes an expert look into the workshops of internationally renowned shoemakers. The many detailed photographs in this book reveal the closely-guarded secrets and tricks of the trade that come between the taking of measurements and the completion of the shoe. This book is for those with a sense of both fashion and tradition, for those who love shoes. It is also a worthy introduction, for both the professional and the layman, to the wealth of tradition that is waiting to be discovered in the shoemaker's workshop.
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Special essays provide insights into the history of shoe fashion and the shoemaking craft, while excellent color photographs illustrate each stage in the making of these works of art in leather. This book is tailor-made for anyone who values tradition and fashion and simply loves shoes.Book Description:
Magda Molnar, born in Budapest in 1943, studied English literature at Budapest University. She subsequently worked as managing editor at various leading Hungarian publishing houses. Magda Molnar’s particular interest in shoemaking is rooted in her family history: her grandfather practiced the profession of shoemaker for 50 years, specializing in handmade shoes and gentlemen’s boots.
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