February is the month of love…. And we thought you might like to share in the love that goes into making our shoes, because for us, our love and passion for Taylor Blake is continuous all year long. In fact it is growing season upon season as we plan our much anticipated range Kaleidoscope that will be debuting in the early Spring. Shoes we have no doubt you too will fall head over heels for…
Each Taylor Blake shoe is made by real people, by hand, in Spain. Southern Spain has a proud history of shoe production and has long been synonymous with high quality leather shoes. As generations of families take over their forefathers roles and relations work side by side in the trade, there is a real sense of friendship, passion and pride for their work.
Our shoes are not taken from an anonymous conveyer belt, but fashioned using the finest European leathers. Our ballet flats start life as skins of the highest quality, hand picked by Emily for their design, texture and ability to be worked up to make our shoes.
To take this leather and create our ballet pumps, a small team of craftspeople personally oversee the generation of every beautiful shoe – not a simple process! Even the factory owner is hands-on, personally overseeing production with a skilled eye. Each pair of shoes is built with traditional techniques that have been passed down the decades. Leathers and soles are cut by hand piece by piece, using precise machinery and carefully laid out to be used at different stages of the shoes’ process.
These individual elements are then skilfully stitched together to make the shape of the shoe. The stitching of uppers and the bonding of soles, the cut leather pieces, the printed insock logos and the attachment of jewels are all hand crafted. Even the ‘Taylor Blake’ leather tags at the side of the shoe are stitched in place by hand. The finishing touch is the sturdy, ribbed textile bow on each shoe that contributes to make Taylor Blake shoes instantly recognisable.
Finally, before any shoe can be boxed and packaged, every pair is proudly double-checked ensuring quality and comfort is certain. With this much time and this much care spent making shoes perfect for you, it really is a testament to a labour of love!
The Kaleidoscope range is building on our best selling shoes by offering them in more colours and we are so excited to bring you these. Watch out for glamourous gold snakes, Parisian inspired reds and brilliant purples. These unique combinations of materials and colors are ticking every stylish box and as our debut range Capture saw a cult following form with so many of our customers owning more than one pair – even up to 4 pairs - we are sure these colours will tempt them back for a fifth!