And thus it came to pass that Sigtuna was born.
Construction: handmade with hand-held tools, English welted
Last: Vintage mystery lasts from german ebay, adjusted
Uppers: 3-4 oz chrome tanned calf sides
Lining: 2 oz vegetable tanned baby calf (1st grade)
Top beads: 1 oz chrome tanned baby calf, black
Insoles: 12-13 oz vegetable tanned calf butt
Insoles (sock liner): 4 oz vegetable tanned calf side
Outsoles: 12-13 oz vegetable tanned calf butt
Toe/heel stiffeners: 5 oz latigo tanned calf shoulder
Rand/welt combo piece: 5 oz latigo tanned calf shoulder
Heel lifts: 12-13 oz vegetable tanned calf butt + 5 oz latigo tanned calf shoulder
Top lifts: vegetable tanned (1/4 rubber) J. Rendenbach
Sigtuna is a black cap toe oxford, with informal details like lots of broguing (albeit very small) and visible gun metal eyelets. Spread out over 8 weeks, the pair took ca 75 hours to make from idea to feet, and got a presidential shoe shine with Saphir products. (Even so, the toe caps could still use a couple of additional wax layers.) Considering the design and construction method, this is a vast improvement from my previous work.
The outsoles were experimentally dyed turquoise with Fiebing’s alcohol based leather dye, coated with Fiebing’s Resolene, then coated with gum thragacanth and finally polished with Saphir pate de lux in neutral. I dyed the top lifts black for contrast.
The reflection in the turquoise outsoles is intended to be reminiscent of cumulus clouds.
In an attempt to make the shoes microscopically more interesting and match the outsoles, I went with a waxed polyester thread in midnight blue for the outsole stitch, and dark navy laces.
I still have some work to do when it comes to getting nicely finished heel lifts and welt with hand tools. I’m thinking I’ll try to use another type of leather for rand/welt for my next pair. Lasting feels like it gets easier and better with every shoe though, and I really like the curvature of the heels (disregarding the somewhat gnarly welt).
As it is for all shoes, there’s no better lighting than that produced by the sun… Here’s Sigtuna enjoying some shine in my backyard.
And as comparison, here’s the pattern design made on march 25th: