Bespoke shoemaking is a process by which shoes are made custom for a particular client. The shoes are made to the clients measurements, and design specifications. Fittings are conducted using sample shoes to ensure a perfect fit. Bespoke shoes ensure that you are getting exactly what you are looking for specifically for your feet.
Pedlar Stock is shoemaking company, not a shoe repair company. Unfortunately most shoes are cheaper to buy again than to repair. We will repair Pedlar Stock shoes for our clients.
We take on commissions on a case by case basis. Send us an email or give us a call if you have a job you think we might be right for. We do not do manufacturing for other footwear businesses.
Pedlar Stock usually has a waitlist of one to three months. Please inquire directly for an exact idea of how busy we are at the time of your order. In general there is a 15 to 30 day period from initial consultation to fitting, and a minimum of 60 days for shoes to be completed. Time-frames also depend on the client's own availability for fittings, as well as on the complexity of the job.
Our footwear and goods are made with premium quality leathers including calfskin, goatskin, and kangaroo. All our bespoke shoes are lined in veg tanned leather to ensure no toxic chemicals leach into your feet. We use a mixture of linen and synthetic threads, and water based glues on our uppers. If you are vegan or have specific material needs please let us know when we get started on your shoes
Pedlar Stock shoes are more expensive than any shoe store you might walk into. This is because we don't have factory mass production lines, and jigs. We custom make our shoes so that they are optimal for our clients. We don't cut out any of the important bits like triple lining, hand stitching for the strongest bonds, top quality materials, non-toxic materials against your feet, proper body alignment, and a perfect fit. Our process takes time and labours over details ensuring you the best product. Our shoes are an investment that will last you a long time with proper care and maintenance, and will aid in the health of your entire body.
The basics of shoe care come down to cleaning, creams and waxes, preventative repair, and proper wear. Caring for your shoes well will prolong their life and keep them looking great. If you use a shoe horn when you put your shoes on it will protect the back from compression. Using an overshoe can help protect your shoes from the elements if you need to wear them in extreme weather. If your shoes do get wet, place them on their side and let them dry at room temperature. Do not put them on a vent. Allow them a day after wear to settle so they maintain their original shape well. Using a shoe tree will have the same effect. For general care, always make sure your shoes are clean and and dry before beginning. To clean, take a hard bristle brush and in firm strokes, brush away dust and debris around the shoe paying particular care to the feather edge (where the sole joins the upper). Then apply a shoe cream with a brush or cloth starting from the feather edge and then massaging over the rest of the shoe in small circles, applying more in areas with higher stress. Leave it on the shoe for 5 - 10 minutes to be fully absorbed. Brush off the excess, and then apply a wax in the same way to protect from the environment. After each layer of wax take a drop of water on your cloth to buff your shoes. Then give them one final buff. Make sure you replace the rubber or first layer of your heels and soles once they start to wear to prevent the shoe's structure from being compromised.
Last - Foot form used to build a shoe off of.
Upper - Top part of the shoe that your foot rests in.
Lasting -Pulling an upper tight on a last. Removing stretch so the upper takes the last's form.
Welt - The handstitched piece of leather joining the upper to the sole.
Soling - Affixing a sole (bottom) to the upper
Crimping - Stretching a soaked piece of leather on a board with the desired curve to allow a boot to curve from the top of the foot up the ankle.
Clicking - Fitting the pieces of a pattern onto a piece of leather in a way that creates minimal waste and cutting it out.
Skiving - Using a sharp knife or machine to feather the edge of a piece of leather.
We offer studio visits, and tailored workshops for clients wishing to learn the art of bespoke shoemaking. For more information get in touch with us! Pedlar Stock cannot offer job shadowing at this time.
Phone: (519) 428 - 5802
Adress: 176 Mary St. Hamilton
Hours by appointment
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Pedlar Stock creates the products you’ll wear everyday. That's why we use socially conscious, time-tested techniques and labor over the small details. We create products of the highest quality in collaboration with you.
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