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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.[…]