The Making of Edward Green Shoes

You might say, to wear a pair of Edward Green shoes is to love them and that would certainly be true. But to “see” them crafted elevates the appreciation to yet another level. The craftsmen and women that make Edward Green shoes and boots are artisans in the true sense of the word. For quality shoe making is not just a craft it is also an art form.

For over one hundred twenty years Edward Green Ltd. has been producing their wares in Northampton, England the cradle of English shoemaking. Today many techniques remain the same and shoes are made using equipment that is decades old and irreplaceable.

One of the most fascinating processes is the hand sewing of the aprons of shoes like Dover, Ecton, Halifax, and Ashby.

It’s captivating watching the “Master” craftsman as he binds his thread with wax to many long strands then connects it to the end of a pigs bristle, which is thinner than a needle. A block is lashed to his thigh over which the upper is fixed. With awl and bristle in hand the making begins with flawless accuracy from his hands to our feet.

Please join us Thursday May 10th from 11am–7pm when Xavier Candat and Robert Godley of Edward Green present the latest Ready to Wear, Made to Order and Top Drawer collections.

Founder, Edward Green

Factory circa 1980′s

Clicking, hand cutting the leather

Dover Apron & Pig Bristles

The Block

Hand-sewing with pig bristles

Photos courtesy Euan Denholm
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