Recently we held a little polishing circle at the studio with great results. The theme for the night was brushing up on skills and looking at the little rituals we all have when going about polishing our beloved shoes. For me personally I was excited to show the other end of the craft in so […]
The elves have been very busy setting the edges on this rebuild of a clients shoe. And now with hard wax, fire and some heated hand tools we have now set the edges so that they quietly shine like amber. Taking a step back in the process we set the edges the night before by […]
From a concept to outcome, one of the hardest things I have found to understand was the Art of Patina. This was partly due to the lack of shoes that are specifically made in crust leather or neutral coloured leather, that would enable me to practice on them. I have also never found a person to teach […]
I have been somewhat fixated on laces. I typically steer towards the heavy wax variety in darker colours. However with the summer months, I am casting my gaze towards some lighter colours in a flat lace. If I can find a good-looking hunter green flat waxed, I am going to be very happy.
So what is the difference? Generally, a Polish is where you use wax in the same colour as the shoe (and some neutral) to maintain a high shine on the shoe in the existing colour of the shoe. Patina is where we either have a shoe of un-dyed leather or a shoe that has had […]