Welting- and Stitching Awl Shoemaker´s Hammer St. Hugh´s Bone Broken Pieces of Glass Inks and Elixirs Spirit Lamp with Edge Iron Waist Iron and seat wheel Pincers Pegging Awl Thread and Pitch Edge Irons Contact Shoes Craft Three steps Shoemaker

Welting- and Stitching Awl

These tools are required for piercing the insole to sew the welt

and to stitch the welt to attach the sole.

Shoemaker´s Hammer

The hammer has a mushroom-shaped face and a flat cross pane.

It is used for driving nails and for consolidating and shaping leather.

St. Hugh´s Bone

This tool is made from bone and boxwood.

It is used for shaping, smoothing, flattening and polishing.

Broken Pieces of Glass

The glass is scratched and cracked quickly.

The sharp and slightly rounded edge is used for

trimming and plaining edges and surfaces.

Inks and Elixirs

They are used for nourishing the leather and the surface treatment.

Old recipes cause durable shoes with a wonderful patina.

Spirit Lamp with Edge Iron

On the lamp different irons are heated to a certain

temperature and waxes are burned in the sole and heel edges.

Waist Iron

The tool shapes the sole edge between forepart and the heel.

The appearance there is thinner and more elegant: The bevelled waist.

Seat Wheel

After heating the tool is run round the seat of the heel

in order to set the edge and at the same time to produce

decorative marking on the seat.

Shoe Pincer

The pincer is used for extracting

nails and to pinch off nailheads.

Lasting Pincer

Pincer and hammer in one tool. The upper(leather) is pulled

over the last and tacks are driven in to hold it in position.

Pegging Awl

Used for boring holes in the sole and heel

to take wooden pegs inserted as a means of attachment.

Wooden Pegs

They have pyramidal points and are driven

in the holes with one precise hammer blow.

Hemp and Flax thread

From hemp and flax fibres the hand sewing thread is made

in the desired thickness. Pitch and wax is rubbed in.


Pitch is cooked wood resin and also known as colophony.

With oil and tar it has the perfect consistency to stick the

fibers together and make them durable.

Edge Irons and Burnishing Tools

The heated tools have the useful purpose of sealing the fibers against water and so preserving the shape and appearance of the bottom.


Patrick Frei Maßschuhe

Ferdinand-Weiss-Str. 9–11

D-79106 Freiburg

Tel: +49 761 2177030


Hours of Opening

Monday to Friday

9 o´clock until 13 o´clock

Afternoons und Saturdays

on appointment


Creative Director of this page was Eckart Schadt.

Programmer was Andreas Berenz.

All photoraphs shown were taken by

Andreas Lörcher.


If you are interested in seeing more pictures of a particular shoe

or need images for press affairs, feel free to contact me.

Workshop Impressions

On the next pages you can take a look around in my workshop and get an impression of my way of working.

After the pictures of the workshop you will find images taken from my antiquarian library. You can go there directly if you choose the rubric “Antiquarian”.


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Three steps to the bespoke shoe

Anyone whose feet make their way into my workshop joins me in delving into the world of shoes. It is there that we develop an individual pair or even a personal collection. Footwear that fits its wearer perfectly, expresses his or her very own style, and envelops his or her feet as if the shoes were a second skin.

No fewer than three appointments with the customer are required for this. On the next few pages you can find out all about the process.


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The shoemaker and his perspective

In my Freiburg workshop, I revive age-old knowledge of the art of shoemaking. Pure craftsmanship produces loyal companions in the style of the great masters.  With abundant passion if not a touch of obsession, in my workshop I realize my own dreams and those of my clients.


On the next few pages you can find out more about what I stand for and what makes a bespoke shoe.


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