Bedo's Leatherworks - Handwelted Spade Soles

While factory in America remain in a constant state of relevance (or lack thereof in my book) in , repairmen in the US are going to the next level of greatness as they strive to offer recraft services that are better than our local shoemakers (factory makers). Steve Doudaklian, of Bedo’s Leatherworks, proves that here as he hand-welts a pair of spade onto a brand new pair of Vass .

The customer had just purchased these but wanted to spice them up with that 1930/40’s look of the Spade Sole. So as you can see from the pictures and the video, Steve ripped off that sole and welt and handcrafted a new one for the customer, seriously upgrading the pair, at least in look. And this is some serious work done. Handwelting a new welt is not offered by many as it takes a level of skill that many shoe repairmen are not trained. It’s impressive to say the least, knowing that if you have a pair of shoes that you can get them done locally in the US, if need be. Steve does not hand-stitch the sole as a would be, but that is not a make or break feature in my book.

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What he did for this pair of shoes is nothing shy of great and it’s great to see that in the US are honing their skills to really offer a service unmatched by many.

For this exact service Bedo’s charges $640. Before your mouth drops, realize that it is a lot of handwork done and comes with those super solid . I presume a regular sole (as opposed to spade) might cost less as there should be less handwork involved (although I could be wrong).

Next time you need some shoe work, look to Bedo’s Leatherworks. I am sure they offer a mail-in order service (Steve just confirmed they do!).

Check out there video on the making of this HERE

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4 thoughts on “Bedo’s Leatherworks – Handwelted Spade Soles”

  1. Geoffrey Bolen

    Bedos has been repairing all of my shoes for the last four years (since I have been going to him). Check out his Instagram page. He does excellent work!

  2. wonder why, the guy could have done MTO with some other brand (that does better finishing than Vass) for 600~700+600~700 = 1.2~1.3k?

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