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by Herr_Leeb
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22474

Re: Closing techniques

What materials do you guys use for backing the vamp? Vass writes in HSFM about "cloth roughly the same thickness as a bed sheet" glued on the vamp for reinforcement and it looks like some of you guys use backing on occasion. However, I could not find any information about what kind of cloth would be...
by Herr_Leeb
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Just some thoughts...
Replies: 113
Views: 6399

Re: Just some thoughts...

dw,
I absolutely agree with you, as usual.
Having said that....
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by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Just some thoughts...
Replies: 113
Views: 6399

Re: Just some thoughts...

dw, no,no,no, that was not what I was suggesting. One of the big challenges on the web is to express your thoughts in such a way that they will be received as you intended them. Since english is not my first language I might be a bit clumsy. I would not want this forum to go "facebook". What I was t...
by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Diamonds on the soles of her shoes...
Replies: 35
Views: 2244

Re: Diamonds on the soles of her shoes...

Since this is the Speak Easy I hope it's ok to throw in my two cents even though I'm not an expert... IMHO bespoke shoes or boots in our time are primarily LUXURY objects. Very few people really NEED them. You can get a lot of shoes from Walmart for the price of one nice bespoke pair. Superior const...
by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Just some thoughts...
Replies: 113
Views: 6399

Re: Just some thoughts...

dw, it is such a bummer that this forum does not have a facebook style "like" button or the option to comment on posts in a polite and structured way. I read this whole topic and must say that I really, really enjoy your insights, not only about shoe making but specially your philosophical remarks. ...
by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1485
Views: 63821

Re: The Gallery

For your entertainment, here is an example of one of my straight-to-trash endeavours. IMG_0140.JPG I made them as a test shoe for a vintage last from the thirties. Became aware of my faux pas after I finished welting when there was nothing I could do to correct the problem anymore. So I just glued o...
by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 24347

Re: Insole leather

dw, You are certainly making some good points here, and some of my shoes do sport "bumpers" :) IMG_1370.JPG Since I make my shoes just for fun and for myself only, I like to experiment with different designs and techniques. Have to admit, that the majority of my experiments went straight into the tr...
by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 24347

Re: Insole leather

Thanks dw, I will eventually learn the lingo :) The feather on these shoes is wide on purpose. I have seen a picture of insoles made by Anthony Delos which have an even wider feather (in the waist, though) Funny enough I am wearing the shoes of which I took the pictures of the insole today, so I too...
by Herr_Leeb
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 24347

Re: Insole leather

dw, you got me there....guess I got a bit lazy with my stitches :) When I started making shoes I measured the stitches and made them every 5 mm, then, after reading Lazlo Vass' book I moved on to 6 mm. But I have to admit that my stitches did get a bit wider over time, the one in the pictures averag...
by Herr_Leeb
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1485
Views: 63821

Re: The Gallery

These shoes have a quite fun story and shed some light on the mistakes one can make if he makes shoes without experience or skills. Inspired by Maftei shoes (Vienna) I had made some seamless wholecuts out of kangaroo leather which looked fantastic as long as they were on the last. However, when I pu...
by Herr_Leeb
Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 24347

Re: Insole leather

The holdfast / spi problems are not really an issue for me. I usually get the thickest leather I can find and cut pretty deep channels. However, I do understand now why on videos master shoemakers sail through welting and I am slaving for hours just to prepoke the holes :) I will definitely try to g...
by Herr_Leeb
Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1485
Views: 63821

Re: The Gallery

Noted, dw! Very cool of you guys, thanks.
BTW, I beat you to it and already posted my first question about insoles :)
Cheers,
A.
by Herr_Leeb
Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 24347

Re: Insole leather

To my horror I have to read that real shoemakers use "insole leather" Until now I have made all my shoes with precut sole leather from the only source I have, my local cobbler supply store. My shoes feel very comfortable to me, I don't suffer from excessive footsweat, have no customers to please and...
by Herr_Leeb
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:14 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1485
Views: 63821

Re: The Gallery

Dear Paul, thank you so much for your kind words. I'm humbled and flattered by positive feedback, specially if it comes from expert craftsmen like you. There are so many questions I'd like to ask you guys, but I will first read the forum and check if they are already answered before I bug you with i...
by Herr_Leeb
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1485
Views: 63821

Re: The Gallery

These are my Frankenstein sneakers. They are made out of scraps of horse leather for the toes and welt, some old cow for the sides and Kangaroo leather for the vamp and quarters. The Kangaroo leather comes from a pair of shoes I had to take apart again because of nasty creases. The lessons I learned...
by Herr_Leeb
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1485
Views: 63821

Re: The Gallery

These monks are my latest project. I had made them originally on a factory last I got for cheap. I did not bother to make a test shoe, the result was a shoe which did not look at all the way I imagined it. It looked weird, with a front part way too short and a heel way too high. But since I liked th...
by Herr_Leeb
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 540
Views: 29457

Re: The Registry

Well thank you very much dw. This is quite a compliment from a master craftsman like you. I am flattered.
Since I am completely self taught and am without any real skills to speak of, most of my shoes have some unconventional stories. I will post a few pics in the gallery.
Cheers,
A.
by Herr_Leeb
Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 540
Views: 29457

Re: The Registry

Hello everybody, my name is Alexander Leeb and I've been enjoying your forum for a while now. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and examples of your work. Just reading your posts might have saved me a lot of grief and many pairs of my shoes from the trash bin. To introduce myself, I am from A...