Coming to Foster & Son for a new pair of bespoke shoes is one of Life’s special moments. You will want your new shoes to embody the Foster & Son personality for which we are so well known, but they should also express something that is uniquely yours.

For a first meeting we suggest you make an appointment so that we can give you our best attention, and allow an hour for us to measure and assess your feet, discuss the models, toe shapes, leathers and decoration that appeal to you.

We then make your last, (Read more) which gives the shoe its unique shape and personality.

From the last, we create paper patterns, and from them we cut the leather components for the uppers. This is called “clicking” from the sound of the sharp knife on the cutting block.

The upper components are now stitched together. This often requires highly skilled and detailed hand work, and is called “closing” the shoe.

At this stage, the uppers and the inner sole are fitted to the last and stitched together by a skilled shoemaker using flaxen thread that he makes himself. 

If this is your first pair, we stop the making before the outer sole is attached, and ask you to try on the shoe to ensure that the fit is correct. 

Once we are satisfied that the fit is perfect we proceed to the final stage of making, attaching the sole and heel and then finishing the shoe with meticulous care.

The artistic co-ordination of the last maker, the pattern cutter and the shoemaker make the resulting shoe a unique combination of craft and design inputs.