• Bespoke Shoemaking” – often described as the guide to bespoke shoemaking, by Tim Skyrme.
  • How to make a shoe by hand” – video series by Andrew Wrigley. Watching this is what got me started.
  • Handmade shoes for men” – book by Laszlo Vass and Magda Molnár (not a “how to” book, but an interesting read nevertheless).
  • Footwear Makers Forum on facebook – a splendid resource, where professional shoemakers (and wannabe hangarounds like myself) gather for thought exchange.
  • Carreducker – a bespoke shoemaking blog written by pros, with lots of valuable information.
  • G&G Bespoke report, part 4 – a long article by Jesper Ingevaldsson at shoegazing, where he follows Daniel Wegan during the making of a bespoke pair of shoes.

Leather stores

  • GVT Fast – Online leather store, stocking Ilcea musem calf, box calf, alicante suede, etc. Opened up the online shop in 2021. It’s hard to find real shoe leather like this at such good prices. (This in comparison to other real shoe leather, that is – which is always pricey to begin with.)
  • Leather Online – Italian leather retailer with low prices: stocking some affordable options for a first couple of shoes.
  • Kolde Leder – German leather supplier stocking the worlds best tanneries at good prices. Their box calf is from Tannerie du Puy, and scotch grain from Tanneries d’Annonay.
  • A&A Crack & Sons – UK leather supplier stocking the worlds best brand tanneries.
  • J&FJ Baker & Co Ltd (aka. “Baker”) – British leather manufacturer, famous among other things for their rough stuff, like oak bark tanned insole shoulders.
  • Tannerie Garat – French tannery that makes beautiful oak bark tanned outsoles, insoles, stiffeners and other rough stuff.
  • Tärnsjö Garveri – Swedish eco, veg tanned tannery. I use their product for most toe and heel stiffeners.

Shoemaking supplies

  • Springline – World class Northampton lastmakers.
  • Leather & Grindery – UK shoemaking and shoe repair supplies. They also stock outsole options etc.
  • Maine Thread Company – thread manufacturer in the USA, stocking waxed polycord suitable for inseaming (thickness .045″ – .050″) and outsole seaming (thickness .035″).
  • Collini Atomi di Scarpa – Italian shoe supply store. Especially recommended for various sorts of reinforcement and other specialty tapes, and for Amann Serafil 40 thread. Great prices and fast delivery.
  • Leder & Sattlerbedarf (DS Leder) – a German site stocking tools, Hirschkleber shoemaking paste, rubber and contact cement, leather dye, etc.
  • Shoetechnik – stocking basic shoemaking tools (like this one) and related items at competitive prices.
  • Shoe Accessories – shomaking and repair supplies website available only in Dutch (which can be interpreted using Google Translate).
  • eBay – goes without saying, but eBay has lots of stuff, from vintage tools to sewing thread.
  • Hurtszewski – Polish shoemaking supplies (I have yet to test this one; leaving the link here as a reminder to myself)
  • TRL Lawman – UK Supply shop that I have yet to try; leaving the link here as a reminder.
  • Algeos – Another UK supply shop that I also have yet to try, leaving the link here as a reminder.
  • Sevilla – same here: another UK supply shop I haven’t tried.