The art of shoe making

Ever wondered how a brogue is made? Do you know the name for each part of a stiletto? This series of interviews and animations demonstrates each stage in the fine art of shoe making, from inspiration to design, construction and crafting.

Making a brogue

Watch Emiko Matsuda from the renowned English shoemakers Foster & Son craft a bespoke brogue from start to finish.

Constructing a brogue and stiletto

The individual parts of two classic shoes come together to construct a fully-formed brogue and stilleto.

Secrets of shoe design

From Jimmy Choo Ltd to Manolo Blahnik, some of the world's finest shoe designers and makers share insights into their inspiration and practice.

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Background image: Interior of the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition, 2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London