The eight steps
1. The Last-Makers
All Ted&Muffy boots and shoes start their journey at the last-makers. This is where the ‘lasts’ that form the basis of each style are created and our designers work closely with our last-making team to develop shapes unique to us.
We work with expert cordwainers to create the perfect leg fittings and we always line our boots with gorgeous quality leather to make them feel extra luxurious. For certain styles, we choose (equally comfy) waterproof fabric linings or superior bovine linings, which give the boots great structure.
We believe that beauty lies in the detail: turned seams, delicate piping and double rows of stitching. These techniques require an incredible level of skill, so we work with a highly experienced team of experts to make sure we get them just right.
4. Colour and Materials
When creating a collection, we select the finest materials and put together our very own palette of seasonal colours. We always invest in the softest, most luxe leathers with hand finishing, natural dyes, and small runs of limited edition leathers exclusive to us. These fine leathers give a better finish and stay in good condition for longer, so they’re worth every penny.
We take great care deciding what type of sole will work for each of our designs. For example, rubber soles are ideal for pieces that are intended to be hard-wearing, whereas leather soles with rubber inserts work best for workwear or party-ready styles. Where possible, all our soles are branded with our signature wolf’s head motif.
We believe the best finishing techniques are worth splashing out on. One of these techniques is called ‘closing’ – the way the boot or shoe is closed at the front and back using specialist machines. We’ve invested in state-of-the-art machines to help our craftsmen perfect this delicate art.
The last part of the design process is choosing the ‘finish’ of the leather – whether it will be coated, brushed, buffed, polished, or waxed. Our craftsmen do this bit by hand and each technique creates a different look – from soft and casual to glossy and glam. Spending time on this helps preserve the beauty of the leather, so it’s worth the elbow grease!
8. The Last, Luxe Detail
Finally, in-socks made with leather and memory foam are added to make sure that all our boots and shoes feel as gorgeous as they look!