Making Shoes with A. McDonald

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By Henry Ng. 

Opening up one’s studio is becoming a common practice and Andrew McDonald recently teamed up with Chivas Regal and invited guests to his atelier to understand his brand and craft, one that McDonald has been doing for the last 20 years.

Housed in the heritage building The Strand Arcade, the work studio also doubles as a shop space and is fitted with industrial furniture and rustic finishes that mirror his products. One of the very few shoemakers left who uses traditional hand-making technique, the distinctive design in his footwear is the pitch. Keeping in line with tradition, the pitch at the front of his shoes are far curvier than mass produced footwear to give his wearers the extra “toe spring” when it comes to walking.

The Andrew McDonald brand consists of ready to wear footwear, catering to both men and women and a bespoke line where McDonald works with the client to craft a pair of custom shoes. McDonald sources most of his leather from Italy and United States and treats them in-house to create the distinct McDonald look: earthy and rustic, often with a raw and textural finish.

The products are designed with the intention to serve and to last rather than as a form of aesthetic. Teaming up with Chivas Regal for the event seems only appropriate as McDonald’s craft is about tradition and craftsmanship and cater to clients that know how to appreciate such refinery.

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