These tools are required for piercing the insole in order to sew the welt
and stitch the welt so as to attach the sole.
The hammer has a mushroom-shaped face and a flat cross pane.
It is used for driving nails and for consolidating and shaping leather.
This tool is made from bone and boxwood.
It is used for shaping, smoothing, flattening and polishing.
The glass is scratched and cracked quickly.
The sharp and slightly rounded edge is used for
trimming and plaining edges and surfaces.
These are used for nourishing the leather and treating the surface.
Old recipes give the shoes a wonderful patina and make them durable.
With the lamp, different irons are heated to a certain
temperature to burn waxes in the sole and heel edges.
This tool shapes the sole edge between forepart and the heel.
The appearance there is thinner and more elegant: The beveled waist.
Having been heated, 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.
The pincer is used for extracting
nails and to pinch off nail heads.
Pincer and hammer in one tool. The upper(leather) is pulled
over the last and tacks are driven in to hold it in position.
Used for boring holes in the sole and heel
to take wooden pegs inserted as a means of attachment.
They have pyramidal points and are driven
in the holes with one precise hammer blow.
Hemp and flax fibers are used to make the hand sewing thread
in the desired thickness. Pitch and wax is rubbed in.
Pitch is cooked wood resin and is also known as colophony.
With oil and tar it achieves the perfect consistency for sticking the
fibres together and making them durable.
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
Tel: +49 761 2177030
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Afternoons und Saturdays
Eckart Schadt was the Creative Director of this site.
Andreas Berenz acted as programmer.
All photographs were taken by Andreas Lörcher.
I am proud to have won the World Championships in shoemaking in London 2018
The shoe will be showcased at these locations:
May 7-20----------Leffot NY---New York, USA
May 28-June 10----Leffot Chicago---Chicago, USA
June 18-July1------Kevin Seah---Singapore
July 9-22----------Unipair---Seoul, South Korea
July 30-Aug 12----Medallion Shoes---Beijing, China
Aug 20-Sept 2----Prologue---Hong Kong
Sept 10-23--------Skoaktiebolaget---Stockholm, Sweden
October 1-14------Isetan Men’s---Tokyo, Japan
Oct 22-Nov 4-----Skomaker Dagestad---Oslo, Norway
Nov 12-25---------Brogue Shoes---Geneva, Switzerland
On the next few pages you can take a look around in my workshop and get an impression of how I work.
After the pictures of the workshop you will find images taken from my antiquarian library. Clicking on “Antiquarian” will take you straight there.
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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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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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