Positive comments and what is next…?
09 Sep 2013
A full week and 4 days have gone by since we went ‘live.’ There have been many highlights, notably the sales but a few good things have happened some of which will be a ‘watch this space…’
I have had some truly wonderful comments from people who have taken the ‘leap of faith’ and ordered a pair of British Flat Shoe’s.
‘I have a dream of a cupboard full of your shoes in every colour!’
‘ I am so happy with them. I am very rarely happy with new shoes, they usually hurt for at least 2 wks, giving me blisters!’
‘Perfect - A pair for every outfit!’
‘My shoes arrived today thank you, really good quality and very comfortable!’
Thank you for ALL the wonderful comments, it is very pleasing that you have all taken the time to write to me.
One of the points I mentioned in my previous blog was the need to provide both size 3 and 9 as quite a few people have asked me if I will be producing these sizes. Following both the show and some subsequent email requests I am pleased to announce that I will have both of these sizes in the full (current) colour range by the 11th October. If anybody would like to reserve a pair in either of these sizes please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly put a pair aside for you.
Onto another popular subject – half sizes; Due to popular demand for A British Flat Shoe in half sizes, I have again looked at the manufacturing costs. The breakdown of parts means I will have to purchase several lasts (foot forms) in each half size, so 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5, and various sets of knives, (patterns cutters - I call them the cookie cutters.) for each component of the shoe; i.e. inner sock, sole, uppers, inners etcetera. I am now in possession of the cost breakdowns and working out what I can afford to invest in this as a project. I will keep you informed of the progress as things develop…no promises yet!
The British Flat Union Jack Shoe; If any of you have seen my Facebook page I mentioned last week that I was in the preliminary stages of looking at various patterns and designs. I want The British Flat version to look a little different than what is currently on offer in the market. I do not want to make a wholly ‘material’ shoe. Having looked and ordered samples of Union Jacks from fabric companies I was still not sure that this was the look I was trying to achieve. The criteria is to continue to make, and not compromise on, the same great British workmanship involved, provide the same levels of comfort, support and product of a British Flat Shoe. I am fairly sure that the shoe itself will be produced in a soft nappa leather in a cobalt blue. The flat itself will be either be built into the leather in strips of leather or by using binding and building the flag on top of the shoe. Samples are being made up at the moment. I will bring you progress on this as I develop the shoe and importantly a release date.
Publicity: The British Family Fayre held at Squerryes Court on the 31st August. The BBC Breakfast Crew filmed some of the workshops of the day, one of which was King of Shaves http://www.shave.com/ and Farrington Oil http://www.farrington-oils.co.uk/ Both products I can proudly say I have purchased. I have been using Farringtons Mellow Yellow oil for a little while now and find it far superior to any other cooking (rapeseed) oil on the market. There is a very short clip on me at the beginning shaking out our Union Jack…not quite infamy yet but going in the right direction. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24012862
Thank you again for all your wonderful support this past week, please keep the comments, and suggestions, coming in.