Carréducker creates bespoke, handsewn shoes that combine traditional craft skills perfected over generations, with a distinct, contemporary aesthetic. Their work can be seen in the permanent exhibition at the Design Museum, London.

Founders, James Ducker and Deborah Carré, have been shoe making for nearly forty years between them. Based at Cockpit Arts in historic Clerkenwell, they run the bespoke shoe making service at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row and James Purdey & Son, South Audley Street.

Theirs is a centuries-old craft that involves four specialist trades; last making (creating the wooden forms on which each pair of shoes are shaped), pattern making (creating the pattern pieces to construct the shoe), clicking and closing (cutting out the leather and sewing the uppers) and shoe making (constructing the shoe by hand). Deborah and James are personally involved in every stage from the initial consultation and design development to the fittings, before finally hand crafting the shoes at their work bench from English oak-bark tanned leather.

Keen to see their craft continue, Deborah and James invest a significant part of their time in perpetuating tradition, teaching a new generation of shoe making enthusiasts from across the globe. On Friday, 11 May they will be throwing open the doors to their new Shoe Making School in Shoreditch. Please contact them if you would like to visit.


Photo credit: 
Jack Lawson Photography