Bespoke footwear pop-up

Bespoke footwear pop-up.

Wellington feet are in for a treat thanks to bespoke shoemaker Sue Engels.

She is making a brief reappearance on Sunday 25 November from 11am to 3pm, at the Powder Room.

Upper Cuba Street is familiar stomping ground for Sue.

“It’s pretty exciting to be heading back to the neighbourhood,” she says, “My studio/shop, Something Shoetable, was based at 288 upper Cuba St some years back.” (Now the Kiwi Art House Gallery).

Recent years have seen her and her family living in Cape Town and now she has found a home on Waiheke Island, where clients are able to visit her studio or consult about personalised orders via Skype.

Throughout these travels, her ethos has remained steady.

“Although I work in leather, I am all about recycling and sustainability,” Sue explains.

“I put so much into my shoes and they are made to last for a very long time. I don’t want to make something that is throwaway.”

The unique process of creating a handmade shoe requires the years of experience that Sue has acquired, from a solid base of training with bespoke cobblers and last makers John Lobb Bootmakers of London.

Sue’s style has a retro flavour but enough contemporary funk to be very wearable. And as you can imagine, the attention to detail is impeccable.

A pair of these shoes are at the more costly end of the price scale, but it wouldn’t be uncommon to pay the same amount for a pair of overseas factory-produced shoes which barely last out the season.

Make an investment in your feet and get along this weekend to meet Sue and experience the quality of her bespoke footwear for yourself.


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