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SS18 behind the scenes
The seasonal look book shoot is one of my favourite parts of creating the collection. It's the moment that we bring the shoes to life and give them a story. Sometimes our shoots take on a nostalgic feeling but for SS18 I wanted to make something quite the opposite. Colourful and contemporary with a hint of street wear attitude and styling with a sprinkling of African tribal thrown in for good measure, that's the vibe. 
 
Here's a few sneak peeks from the shoot. Thanks to our wonderful crew for helping us get the best shots :
 
Hannah Coates behind the lens, Rachel Jones working her magic on hair, the coolest models; Tiarna, Izzy, Shaylah, and Issac, photographers assistant Josh, Flora for the loan of her amazing visors and last of all my mum, for being my all round helper and driver for the day. Thanks guys!! 
  
New shoes in the making
It's that time of year again when the workshop is jammed full of new season shoes in various stages of construction. From leather and patterns on the cutting bench to closed uppers ready to be lasted, to rows of nearly finished shoes lines up waiting for soles and finishing. It won't be long before they are all coming off the production line and heading home to get cleaned up, polished and boxed ready to for little feet. 
  
As always we have a mixture of classic and not so classic colours and materials in the collection, with the most outrageous being panels of multicoloured fox fur, made from left over scraps. Super messy, super challenging to work with, and most definitely the bane of Toms life right now. But, it's going to look spectacular and we've never been known to shy away from a shoemaking challenge!
 
Blueberry pickers
While us lot on this side of the world are freezing cold in rain, snow or just general cold, on the other side of the world in Australia it's hot and sunny this time of year and our friends Piper and Poppies are heading out blueberry picking. We love to follow the adventures of these two sisters, especially when they're done in our favourite tan Jackdaw Boots and pom pom socks. Perfect. 
 
I used to love fruit picking with my family when I was little so I can imagine the fun these two had blueberry picking. Let's hope some of the berries actually made it home ;)
size 28 at last
Finally my little boy has made it to our smallest size, size 28. We've been waiting for his feet to be big enough for ages so that he can wear our shoes, hand made by his dad. I managed to persuade him to try a pair of our Magpie Boots on the other day but alas he has decided he doesn't want to wear our shoes. Apparently he only wants to wear "cool" shoes like football boots or running shoes!! ha. Is this really my son?! ;)
 
the best of 2017
It's getting close to the end of the year I wanted to take a minute to talk about my personal highlight from this year, the thing I am most proud of. It has nothing to do with shoes and everything to do with running: 
 
Not planned but I inadvertently started a womens running club. For anyone who knows me they'll know how unbelievable that sounds as I'm hardly the sporty type. But it's true. Back in April or May, my mother in law decided she wanted to do a 0-5K and Tom volunteered me to do it with her. Both of us armed with an app, head phones and a pair of running shoes set off across the local fields on our running journey. After a few weeks a neighbour spotted us and asked to join, then another and another until now we are a group of 6 women. With the exception of my mother in law we are all working mothers with young kids, none of us particularly fit but we're working on it. 
 
At the beginning we could only do a few minutes but we've worked our way up and now we each run around 30 mins or so 3 times a week heading out early mornings before the school run or work. Carving out a small bit of time to do something empowering for ourselves and supporting each other. 
 
If anyone is in the Glynde, Firle or Lewes area of East Sussex and fancies joining us all you've got to do is get in touch. No fees, no pressure, just a group of women attempting to keep fit and do something for themselves in between the demands of work and kids, supporting each other not just in running but also in friendship.
My own personal goal for this year is to be able to run to Charleston and back, and to be able to run up Firle Beacon. Let's see how that goes...
 
 Just to inspire you, this photo is taken on one of our early morning runs.
Stocking fillers

Our beautiful hand made belts make the perfect stocking fillers for little fashionistas who love to accessorise. We have a selection of skinny metallics in a rainbow of colours, sophisticated snake leather belts in platinum or rose gold metallic or something classic like our analog belts which have hand tooled number details on the tail end of the belts. Which is your favourite?...

If I were a King
I'm pretty sure every little boy dreams of being king for a day. Wearing his tan ankle boots, handmade earthly crowns Oak spent the day at  Moreton Corbet Castle chasing fire-breathing dragons,  sought magical hidden treasures, tried to release the famous sword in King Author’s stone and protected his kingdom with grace. 
Read the full article on Junior Style...
Esther & Chamila

When one of your customers takes the most beautiful shots of her daughter it'd be rude not to share them here. Australian photographer and stylist Esther and her daughter Chamila make the perfect duo and their photos of out tan boots are always stunning. Here's just a few of my recent favourites... you can follow their gorgeous adventures on instagram @chamila97

 

 

Growing Oak
Photographer Natasha and her son Oak @growingoak explore the beautiful setting of Attingham Park, playing in the leaves and creating of Autumn memories. Oak is wearing of our oldies but goodies: Medallion Boot in tan - a perfect compliment to all the gorgeous shades of autumn leaves out at this time of year. Head over to Junior Style London to read about their adventures...
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