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Bill Bird Shoes takes delivery of three machines

Russell, a shoemaker at Bill Bird Shoes in the Cotswolds, on the new skiving machine

Bill Bird Shoes has taken delivery of three machines that will help improve results, achieve greater precision and provide greater safety for our bespoke shoemakers. The shoemakers in Gloucestershire solve fitting and walking difficulties for people across the UK by handcrafting made-to-measure footwear. The team was offered a state-of-the-art Italian skiving machine for upper leathers[…]

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Bill Bird shoemakers reveal secret to doubling the life of your shoes

Buying a pair of handmade shoes or boots is an investment. You can double the life of your made-to-measure footwear by buying a bespoke shoe or boot tree. Hand crafted by the bespoke orthopaedic shoemakers at Bill Bird Shoes in the Cotswolds, the shoe tree replicates your last – the wooden blocks around which your[…]

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Shoemakers’ conference planning gets underway

Tony and Jane Slinger visit Bill Bird Shoes' Cotswolds workshop to chat through their plans for the 21st Shoemakers Conference in Harrogate in February 2019

The Bill Bird Shoes team welcomed Tony and Jane Slinger to our Cotswolds workshop today to discuss the 21st Independent Shoemakers Conference they are hosting in Harrogate next February. Bill, Russell and Emily have plenty of experience of planning and hosting the much-anticipated annual event and were happy to share their tips. This is the[…]

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Budding Bill Bird shoemaker wins accolade

Chris Thorne from Bill Bird Shoes (r) with his trophy alongside his dad Mick, who is holding the winning shoes.

We are so proud to announce that Chris Thorne of Bill Bird Shoes in Gloucestershire scooped the David Xavier Award at the 20th Independent Shoemakers Conference in Eastbourne recently – with his first ever pair of shoes. The annual award, in memory of Midlands’ shoemaker and dear friend David Xavier, challenged budding shoemakers to make[…]

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More national recognition for Bill Bird Shoes

Gloucestershire-based Bill Bird Shoes recently appeared in The Bulletin, a national magazine published by the British Polio Fellowship. Following its publication, we were really pleased to receive an email from one of its readers praising the work our skilled, bespoke shoemakers carry out. I read the article on the Cordwainer in the New Year edition[…]

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Bill Bird is a Living National Treasure in Country Life

Living National Treasure Bill Bird

The team at Gloucestershire-based Bill Bird Shoes would like to say thank you to all the people who have been in touch since we appeared in Country Life magazine on January 31st. We are delighted with the double page feature and photograph of our orthopaedic shoemaker, Bill Bird, which was taken by the talented photographer[…]

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“An extra ordinary pair of bespoke boots made by Bill Bird…”

Our bespoke shoemakers at Bill Bird Shoes in the Cotswolds and London

The team at Bill Bird Shoes in Gloucestershire is always pleased to hear from happy clients so imagine our delight when we received this email and photos… “An extra ordinary pair of bespoke boots made by Bill Bird, Russell, Emily, Becks and Chris…magical experience….magical boots…from an eternally grateful pair of feet and their owner.” Cherie[…]

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Celebrating shoemakers of the equestrian variety!

Moreton Show horse shoemaking winner Sam Wilkes – his prize was sponsored by Bill Bird Shoes bespoke shoemakers in the Midlands

Blockley-based Bill Bird Shoes is delighted to have once again sponsored the horseshoe making competition at Saturday’s hugely popular Moreton Show. The Farrier Competition saw scores of hopefuls battle it out for the top spots and we are pleased to announce that Sam West won best 1st and 2nd year shoemaker, with Sam Wilkes taking[…]

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Bill Bird Shoes presents ‘best shod horse’ trophy

Mrs H M Bailey and her horse Badger, receiving their engraved silver salver and rosette from judge Steve Arnold and Vicki Gumbley from Bill Bird Shoes.

Midlands-based Bill Bird Shoes may be better known for creating bespoke shoes for people with walking and fitting difficulties but we like our equestrian friends to be well shod too! This is why we sponsored the Ally Sadler Trophy for Best Shod Horse at Saturday’s Moreton Show, one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in[…]