Its my first day back at home in Nigeria and i couldn’t hold back my excitement. This is what 6 months in Florence studying bespoke shoe making has produced. Note, i did not just design this and tell someone else to make it. Every single piece in this photo was made, cut, engineered, sewn, nailed, stretched and fabricated by my hands over a wooden last. No machines, just pure artisan craftsmanship mixed with some post colonial African aesthetic. This pair of footwear is not just a fancy piece of clothing. It combines innovative elements of a dress shoe, vulcanized sneaker and work boot to create the superior urban trekker. Infused with a comfortable Vibram sole, Good year welt and Heel counter. Roughly speaking it took me a month to make these and sometimes i wanted to give up after cutting myself and bending my back into a strain. I now have a month in Lagos to use what i have learned to further my ideas in the west African terrain. After the summer break, i go back to finish up the apprenticeship and chase a career somewhere in Asia hopefully. Wish me luck. Stay blessed and Inspired.
Half Mast
Via Ferdinanto Paolieri
PU: Side view
PU: Back view 
PU: Stand still