Craft is a major raison d’être for any reputable bespoke shoemaker – not least London-based Carreducker, who have employed artisanal methods of cordwaining since they set up shop together 2004 (“We’re slavishly traditional with manufacturing,” as co-founder James Ducker has put it).
But very few shoemakers pack the flamboyant, envelope-nudging design ethos of Ducker and Deborah Carré, the master cordwainers who together helm a maker which once took up residence in Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row and now resides in their own studio in Hoxton.
Now, the pair have applied their design smarts to the pair of retro- styled trainers before you, which – crucially – feature traditional hand-sewn detailing (“The luxury of hand-sewn shoes is really only experienced by the wearer – the fit, comfort and personal styling,” as Ducker says).
Crafted, using a specially made last with a low heel and rounded toe, from supple vegetable-tanned calf leather, the trainers’ cushioned interior, natural leather lining and lightweight rubber sole enhance that comfort even more, whilst their classic trainer silhouette with contrast foxing (the strip of material that connects upper to sole) and heel flash ensure that comfort doesn’t come at the expense of striking aesthetics.
Trainers, that will actually last – and become more individual – over time? Where do we sign up?