Upsala: Summary

Disclaimer: This post contains a very old attempt at shoemaking, during the very beginning of my journey. I really didn’t know what I was doing at this time, and the post is left online for archive purposes only. Please do not “learn” anything from it, as the post is certainly riddled with mistakes. It’s just a documentation on some of my thoughts as a beginner in this venture. For a more updated view of my shoemaking, please see my latest posts instead.

When Swedish Father of the Land Gustav Vasa ordered the construction of Uppsala Castle, little did he know it would take 470 years before the castle would be interpreted as a shoe.

This post is a display of the finished shoes – in Part 1 and Part 2 I describe in detail how they were made.

Upsala shoe2.jpg

The outsoles were decorated with fiddleback waists.

Upsala Outsoles.jpg

My heels still need some work.


A toe cap closeup:

Toe cap.jpg

As seen from the eyes of other shoes:

Front Upsala.jpg

The curves of the rear ends are almost NSFW.

Upsala Behinds wide.jpgOn the stairs of Linneanum at Uppsala Botanical Garden. The shade makes the black toe caps glow in a mystical blue.

01 Upsala trappa.jpg

Posing with Uppsala Castle in direct sunlight (making the toe caps appear black as midnight).

10 Upsala with Castle wide.jpg

And once more, a bit closer.

03 Upsala torn.jpg


Construction: English welted
3-4 oz madras printed calf in pink + 3-4 oz black calf
Lining: 2 oz vegetable tanned crust baby calf
Insoles: 9-10 oz veg tanned calf side from Tärnsjö Garveri
Outsoles: 9-10 oz veg tanned butt
Toe/heel stiffeners: 5 oz latigo tanned shoulder
Side stiffeners: 4 oz vegetable tanned crust calf side
Rand: 5-6 oz veg tan from Tärnsjö Garveri
Welt: natural welting leather from Leather & Grindery
Shank: Plastic, from Leather & Grindery UK
Heel lifts: 8 oz veg tanned butt from Tärnsjö Garveri
Top lifts: Prime Leather 1/4 Rubber
Sockliner: 4 oz vegetable tanned crust calf side

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