Steven Lowe Shoes

1. Creating the Shoes

Your feet will be measured with an outline and various measurements around each foot. These are used to create a three dimensional form known as a Last.

2. Making a Last

Lasts are carved especially to the measures. Incorporating every aspect of your foot and your chosen toe shape.

3. Creating Patterns

From the lasts a paper pattern is created for the design of shoe required.

4. The Clicker

A Clicker takes the pattern and the chosen material is carefully cut, or 'clicked' out, making sure the stretch of the skin is in the correct direction to ensure proper movement in wear.

5. The Closer

A Closer expertly creates the upper not only stitching the various parts together but making any punching notching or other features in the design.

6. The Shoemaker

A shoemaker takes the lasts and uppers and shapes an insole and attaches a welt to which the sole is stitched on by hand. The heels are then built with leather lifting. The shoes then have a finish to the sole and edges.

7. A Lining Sock

The lasts are removed after a drying period. Then the inside of the shoe cleaned and finished with a lining sock.

8. The Finished Shoe

Finally the shoes are polished to bring out the natural beauty of the skin or enhance the patina as desired.

9. Shoe Trees

To help preserve the shape of the shoes a pair of shoe trees can be made in a verity of wood types and designs from a copy of the lasts and adapted to use as trees. The wood absorbs excess moisture as well as keeping the original form.

Welcome to Steven Lowe Shoes

For those who have the desire for only the best in comfort and design using the finest materials and craftsmanship available.

In 1984 Steven started his career with an apprenticeship as a fitter and Lastmaker with a bootmakers in the west end of London's St. James Street.  As a master fitter serving clients from around the world Steven continued to acquire the other various disciplines within the trade to give the best knowledgeable service possible. After 28 years Steven decided to create his own company with his own vision of classic and contemporary designs.

From our Home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, we design and craft bespoke shoes for our loyal clientele.

By appointment only to provide the best service for a clients exact requirements.

This can be either at the Eastbourne workshop or at a clients home or office

The Shoes

Made entirely to measure in both traditional and contemporary designs for all footwear needs. Every client may choose from a selection of materials from a range of samples and drawings as well as creating unique designs if required.

Toe shapes, sole thickness and finishes and other embellishments can be discussed during the measuring and ordering stage. Created by craftspeople, all of whom have served apprenticeships to acquire their particular specialised skills.

Your feet will be measured with an outline and various measurements around each foot. These are used to create a three dimensional form known as a Last. Lasts are carved especially to the measures. Incorporating every aspect of your foot and your chosen toe shape.

A variety of leather and other materials available as well as special order such as exotic skins.

Delivery

After approximately six months of work, your bespoke shoes are ready to be delivered. In all some 50 hours of work will have been used to create a pair of shoes. Seven expert disciplines each with its own apprenticeship. 6 to 9 months to make a first pair of shoes or boots. Around half the time for subsequent orders.

Aftercare

A full aftercare service is available for any repair work that the shoe requires during its lifetime. This includes remeasure and alterations as your feet change with time as well as resole, heels and upper repairs.

Prices from £2,995

plus vat.

Shoe Samples now on display in John Rushton @ 93 Wimpole Street, London W1G OEQ
 
For any enquiries or to arrange a consultation appointment please call or email:

London Dates

Steven will be in person visiting John Rushton @ 93 Wimpole Street London, W1G 0EQ to take measures and have fittings on the following dates:

2018
Thursday May 31st | Tuesday June 26th | Thursday July 26th | Thursday August 16th | Wednesday September 26th | Tuesday October 23rd | Tuesday November 27th | Thursday December 20th

Generally visits take place once a month. Other days and times are added by arrangement as necessary.  

Please note that every effort is made to accommodate clients visiting on a drop in basis however it is advisable to make appointments. Typically these take approximately half an hour.  

Dates and times are subject to change to allow flexibility in accommodating clients. Anyone with a prior appointment is kept up to date of any revisions to appointment days and times.