It’s been close to 500 years since the Stockholm bloodbath. In solemn remembrance of this gruesome event, I have made these shoes.
“Stockholm” is a hand sewn, hand welted, burgundy wholecut. Vibram stick-on rubber soles make the shoes suitable for november strolls across blood-soaked cobblestone.
Construction: handmade with hand-held tools, English welted
Last: Springline, Ref 977, wood, scoop and screw, size UK 10F
Uppers: 3-4 oz chrome tanned madras printed calf side
Lining: 2 oz vegetable tanned crust baby calf
Insoles: 12-13 oz vegetable tanned crust calf butt
Sockliner: 4 oz vegetable tanned crust calf side
Outsoles: 12-13 oz vegetable tanned crust calf butt
Stick-on soles: Vibram 1.8 mm
Toe stiffeners: 4 oz vegetable tanned crust calf side
Heel stiffeners: 5 oz latigo tanned calf shoulder
Rand/welt combo piece: 5 oz vegetable tanned crust shoulder
Heel lifts: 12-13 oz vegetable tanned crust calf butt + 5 oz vegetable tanned crust shoulder
Top lifts: vegetable tanned (1/4 rubber) J. Rendenbach
All leather used is 1st grade.
I made a slight fiddleback waist for decoration, and kept the bottoms black:
The sole stitch was made with 1 mm waxed polyester thread in burgundy:
Here’s Stockholm out and about:
I accidentally cut a finger while working on the outsoles, and only noticed it because a part of the outsole became spotted red. I did not mean for it to happen, but as fate would have it, my blood is in these shoes.