Carréducker make handsewn shoes that combine the tradition of a centuries-old craft with a modern aesthetic. They're known for their use of colour, attention to detail and customer service, designing to each individual customer's taste, style and of course, fit. The company was founded by master shoemakers Deborah Carré and James Ducker in December 2004. The business partners met whilst completing their traditional shoemaking apprenticeships. Keen to pass on their skills, they started teaching the handsewn craft in 2006 and continue to lead the way in teaching, sharing their skills and techniques online through their blog and a year-round programme of courses, classes and workshops at their Shoe & Leather School in Shoreditch. Here they run evening classes, shoemaking masterclasses, train apprentices and teach courses in shoemaking, pattern making and closing. Keen to explore the interdisciplinary nature of leather and leather crafts, they also teach introductory leather workshops and incorporate techniques and materials from other leather crafts in their work. Carreducker's distinctive approach - their unique combination of modern styling and ancient craft - is celebrated in the Design Museum's permanent exhibition, Designer Maker User in London. They bring this aesthetic to bear in the limited runs of unisex, shoes and boots that they make with artisanal manufacturers across Britain: desert boots made in Suffolk, leather work boots made in Derbyshire and slippers and loafers made in Norfolk.
Bespoke Handsewn Shoes
It is a demanding process with exacting expertise required at every stage of the shoe’s creation – from the last maker who carves the lasts to the client’s individual measurements; the pattern cutter and closer who transform detailed two-dimensional designs into the leather shoe uppers; and finally, the shoemakers, who bring all of the elements together to create a comfortable, stylish shoe.
From seeing a client for the first time to delivering the finished shoes, the entire process takes some six months for the first pair, allowing time for a number of fittings. A virtual measurement and fitting service is also available to clients unable to travel to London. Once Carreducker has the fit, subsequent pairs of shoes can be ordered via email or telephone and are delivered in around 12 weeks.
Carreducker also delivers the bespoke shoe service at Gieves & Hawkes, 1 Savile Row, London.