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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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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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Bespoke Midlands shoemaker crafts stunning wedding shoes

Lydia's wedding shoes handmade by Bill Bird, her father-in-law-to-be!

The team at Bill Bird Shoes in Gloucestershire make handmade shoes, mainly for people with problem feet. Recently a challenge was set: to make wedding shoes for Bill Bird’s son and daughter-in-law for their wedding in February 2017. In this blog, Bill talks through the process of making made-to-measure wedding shoes for Henry and Lydia.[…]