Since we were first established by George Tutty over 60 years ago, we have not altered the process of crafting an individual’s shoes from the precise requirements of their feet.
First, we make a wooden ‘last’ for each foot. This is perhaps the most critical, exact and precise stage of the process, requiring a craftsman’s skill and patience. As shoemakers, we must be slow, careful, and painstakingly detailed, as we take pride in having to take your measurements only once.
Once we have your last detailed, we choose the type and nature of material to be used. We have many styles and patterns, always using only the finest quality materials. From orthotic to equestrian, we can offer you the practical combined with contemporary fashion that will give you a unique pair of shoes - just for you. We can be very creative with almost any material.
Once the material is chosen and cut out to measure, it is glued to the last, to stretch it into shape. Then the leather is cut for the linings - upper and inner. ‘Clickers’ cut the upper leather. The linings for inside the leather are critical for your comfort and made with appropriate care and dilligence. The inner layer is then stiched to the upper under the critical eye of our craftsmen.
Next, the leather for the heels and souls are cut, and fitted to the last. The insoles are cut perfectly to match the last. The leathers are continually stretched and clamped and a top-buff is inserted between the top cap and the inner lining to protect toes.
Then the heels are laid down in layers to reflect the precise requirements for each foot, and the the final decorative adjustments applied and the leather is given a final cleaning.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are orthopedic devices designed to treat or adjust various biomechanical foot disorders. They may be simple, commercially made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes. These are sold over-the-counter in drug stores or other retail establishments. The best orthotics, however, are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a particular individual. This is done by making an impression of the foot called a cast. The impressions in the cast duplicate any misalignments in the foot. Specialists in an orthotic laboratory can then correct the misalignments with compensation and stabilization techniques. The finished orthotic is then placed in the patient's shoe and helps keep the foot in proper alignment. Depending upon the patient's needs, the orthotic may have padding to cushion the foot against the weight of the body.
What is Orthopaedics?
Orthopaedic medicine treats a wide variety of injuries and disorders in children and adults pertaining to the skeleton and its supporting muscles (musculoskeletal or MSK system), including:
- joint destruction because of arthritis and fractures resulting from osteoporosis;
- trauma resulting from industrial and motor-vehicle accidents and sports injuries;
- spinal deformities (scoliosis of the spine) and other inherited skeletal deformities;
- neuromuscular conditions (such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, para- and quadraplegia)
- bone disorders (such as avascular necrosis).
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a field of medicine that strives to improve the overall health and well-being of patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle.