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Handmade Shoes


1: Making shoes by hand lets us make better shoes

These days, most shoes are made using machines. Traditional English craftsmanship and attention to the details that make a difference have been sacrificed in the name of productivity, and most manufacturing outsourced to factories in the far east.

Cholesburys' aim is not only to breathe a little bit of life back into the footwear industry here in England, but also to do so with shoes that look and feel better beacause they have been lovingly made by hand and have high ethical and environmental credentials.



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Handmade Shoes


2: The upper

Made from upcyled textile prints and leather recycled from old boots and coats, the three straps at the forefoot of our sandals hold the foot and reveal just enough of your toes without the need for a toe thong. At the back, a strap-and-cage structure cups and securely holds your heel when walking and ensures that these are slip-on sandals that won't slip off.

The softness of the recycled microfibre lining adds to the light, hugging feel of the sandals. It also adds strength and support to the straps and a bit more grip to the heel area.


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Handmade Shoes


3: The insole and insole cusioning

Our light insoles are wiped with a titanium wash, while our brown insoles dyed using a craft surface dye. Both are then hand-treated with an Italian leather finishing wax to ensure they remain breathable.

The insole cushioning comprises a recycled fibre in a light latex matrix. This acts as a cushion, absorbs moisture and – over time – helps the insole mould to the individual contours of your foot.


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Handmade Shoes


4. The sole

The soles are made from a latex rubber matrix, about 30% of which is chips of recycled rubber.

Combined with the insole and cusioning, this makes for a very comfortable and flexible sole unit that resists wear and absorbs shock – all qualities that are very important to the overall feel and performance of our shoes.


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Handmade Shoes


5. The result

Producing limited edition handmade footwear the Cholesburys way takes patience, persistence and, perhaps most importantly of all, passion.

Fortunately, we love every aspect of what we do – and we think this shows in our shoes. As one customer famously told us, “Cholesburys make feet feel as if they've been tucked up in bed”.


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Our eco-friendly studio

Handmade shoes from a handmade home

We design and finish our shoes in the eco-friendly studio we built in our garden. Just like our shoes, our studio was made using a blend of carefully chosen new and reclaimed materials.

› The story of our studio

Fabric swatch

Vintage fabrics given
a new lease of life

Any shoe has a sole, but not every shoe has a soul. We've given our handmade sandals a distinctive character by hunting out and carefully selecting the pre-loved and vintage fabrics that are at the heart of each pair.

› See all the fabrics we’ve chosen

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