Skiving leather is the painstaking process of thinning leather, where only the outer edges are thinned, to achieve the thickness that is required. This allows for the edges to be folded or stitched onto other parts of the footwear. This is a hand process at Tricker’s, where we use a skiving knife for and not machines.
In the shoe room a Tricker’s sock liner is fitted to the shoes for comfort. The shoes are cleaned, and various creams and wax polishes generously applied to dress the uppers and create a patina.
In the making department, a wooden shank is added to the sole, providing support to the shoe. A layer of cork then fills the cavity created between welt and insole, providing flexibility and insulation, and moulding itself to the shape of the foot during wear, enhancing comfort and fit of the shoe.