How important are shoe trees

Do you really need shoe trees?

Do you use shoe trees? Are they currently inside your favorite dress shoes helping them to keep their shape and freshen them up? Or, do you really need shoe trees in the first place?

The short answer is yes, you should definitely use them. For your finest dress shoes, consistently putting shoe trees in them will help to maintain their shape, protect the leather by pulling out moisture, and also combat odors. A nice pair of men’s dress shoes can easily cost a couple hundred dollars, but will last for many years to come when properly cared for.

Whereas a good shoe shine will take care of the outside of your shoes, consistently using trees will maintain them from the inside out.

Personally, shoe trees are pure nostalgia for me. I remember carefully removing them from my singular pair of nice brown loafers for Sunday School as a kid. Later that afternoon, upon returning home, I would ensure that I put them back in the shoes before tucking them away into my closet until next week.

To this day, the sound of the slightly squeaky spring compressing and of the cedar knocking against itself, is oddly comforting. The feel of the wood against my hands and that slight woodsy smell always seems to remind me of the romance behind old-school menswear.

But nostalgia aside, do you really need to use these things? After all, they can be tough to handle and all too easy to confuse the right with the left.

Let’s go over each of the intended benefits and see if they hold up.

Will they help your shoes keep good form?

Absolutely. Fine leathers sometimes need a little support. They have plenty of it when you are actually wearing the shoes, but for those extended periods in the closet, a shoe tree acts as your double.

I’m fairly confident that one of the reasons my oldest pairs of Cole Haans has become so heavily wrinkled and distorted is because I rarely put a shoe tree inside them. Despite being my everyday shoe for many years, I rarely gave them the TLC they deserved and even considered throwing them out recently. Oddly enough, my shoe trees went to my “nice black dress shoes,” of which I infrequently wore.

Aside from looking good, shoes that maintain good form will also be good to your feet and therefore be more comfortable to wear. [By the way, here’s our article on why men should get pedicures, but just every now and again.]

But providing good support for your shoes is only half the equation, as they also work to protect the leather and lining.

How do shoe trees protect the leather?

Regardless of whether you think your feet sweat a little or a lot, they do sweat. While socks will certainly act as a barrier, the leather and lining of your shoes are still going to absorb moisture. Over time, this can lead to the rotting of your lining and potentially the leather cracking. Not to mention smelly feet.

Therefore, it is very important that you can get this moisture out of your shoes when you take them off. In order to do so, the material of your shoe tree needs to be something porous, like wood. Plastic won’t do the trick. For the same reason that we like wooden hangers for our suits, we look to cedar for our ideal shoe tree material.

There are a handful of reasons that cedar is preferred over other types of wood. Because it contains natural oils that aren’t supportive to bacterial or fungal growth, it is especially resistant to damage caused by decay or water (obviously, this is important if it’s going to be absorbing sweat!). Cedar is also a very strong wood, yet lighter than oak and less expensive than teak. So, it’s a relatively inexpensive pick for a shoe tree. Furthermore, the natural aroma of cedar is somewhat pungent and naturally repels insects, but fortunately, smells pretty good to us humans.

Will they freshen your shoes?

If you have wooden shoe trees, then yes, they will. Cedar in particular, will not only help to pull moisture out and dry your shoes, but will likely leave behind a little of that nice cedar aroma.

By the way, when the cedar aroma begins to fade over time, just lightly sand to bring them back to life.

What type should you buy?

There are certainly quite a few benefits to using shoe trees, with the biggest one of all being that you’ll be able to wear your best shoes for many years to come.

So, if you don’t already own a pair of shoe trees, what should you buy? I’d recommend beginning with an inexpensive cedar option for most of your shoes. There are quite a few options on Amazon for under $10 a pair. More costly shoe trees will consist of more wood and perhaps slots through the toe portion to aid in ventilation. And then there are the bespoke varieties that often come along with custom made dress shoes. Specifically crafted for your shoe to maintain its unique contour, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Regardless, avoid the plastic options because they won’t actively draw moisture out, and neither will the varnished wooden varieties. Although they may look nice, they won’t do much good for your shoes.

Wrap up: do you really need shoe trees?

Hopefully, it’s clear that yes, you do need shoe trees if your aim is to wear your dress shoes for many years to come. Wooden shoe trees do an incredible job of pulling moisture out of your shoes after a long day of wearing them. And because they also help to reinforce your shoes’ natural form, they will dry out optimally.


While we’re on the topic of clothing care, you might enjoy reading our guide to washing your dress shirts or learning about our favorite Denver-based shoe shine.


What Is a Shoe Tree and Why Should You Use Them? – Beckett Simonon

The time has arrived to take big decisions: You have changed jobs, upgraded your wardrobe and bought a pair of top-notch leather shoes.

You have made a good investment in your renewed style, and you feel like you can take over the world. What’s next?

One possible answer is: Stop crunching up newspaper or cardboard to keep your new shoes in shape. It would be like making a spectacular dinner with the best ribeye in town, and washing it down with the worst wine you can find.

Make a little effort next paycheck and invest in a good pair of shoe trees. In the long run, they will end up saving you money, as they will help your shoes last for ages.

But let me explain what shoe trees are and why should you start using them right now.

What Is a Shoe Tree?

Let’s clear things up: A shoe tree is not a plant that grows shoes. Maybe if we lived in Big Fish, but in our world, it is more of a mundane object, and yet, very useful.

Shoe trees are devices shaped like a foot, and they are made to be placed inside your shoes.

Their main benefits? First, they will help your shoes keep their shape and avoid creasing of the leather.

Second, after a long day of walking, some shoe trees will absorb any moisture in shoes and will fight odors.

As you may know, dampness is not good for shoes: It might cause the lining to break, create horrible smells and possible infections or fungus. So, the best way to keep your shoes and feet healthy is to use shoe trees.

Finally, if you are now a fine gentleman and you have started a polishing routine with your shoes, shoe trees will give your shoe more stability while you polish and clean your footwear.

Now, you’re probably wondering which shoe trees are the best and how to use them, so let me give you a hand with this.

Best Shoe Trees and How to Use Them

Shoe trees come in different materials like plastic or wood. Plastic shoe trees are the cheapest, and they are very light, maybe good for traveling. But they won’t fight odors or absorb moisture, so they will only do half the job.

That’s why we recommend you use cedars shoe trees. This wood is also light, plus it will absorb any moisture which could lead to any bacterial or fungal growth. Also, since cedar wood is aromatic, it will freshen up your shoes.

Be aware of shoe trees in finished wood. They might look good and shiny, but they won’t have the same absorbing effect of a shoe tree in raw wood, so look for unfinished wood shoe trees.

Now, regarding shapes, you can find spring shoe trees, full-toe, lasted, and advanced.

The spring shoe trees only come with toes and with a knob on the heel. They are cheaper, but they don’t have the full shape of a foot so they might deform your footwear.

Then, we have the full-toe shoe trees, which have a full heel, but they have a fixed toe box. This kind of shoe tree is not very versatile, as the full toe is fixed and might not work for all shoes.

After, we have the lasted shoe trees which reproduce the whole shape of your shoe last. These will be rare and expensive, so it is not an affordable option for everyone.

Finally, we have the advanced shoe trees, which are highly adaptable to the shape of your feet.

They imitate the pressure of your feet when they are inside the shoe, thanks to the split-toe across the toe box, the full heel, and the extension mechanism along the shoe.

They also can come with some ventilation slots in the toe, which will help any moisture disappear.

In that case, advanced shoe trees are the best option you can get. They come at a fair price and help your shoes last for ages.

When and How Should You Use Shoe Trees?

Once you have used your shoes for a long time, it is good to put shoe trees in them. We recommend keeping them there for at least 24 hours.

Ideally, it would be great to have shoe trees for all shoes. But if you only have a pair, you can put them into the shoes you wore most recently and wear another pair in the meantime.

Now, to use your shoe trees:

1. Compress the split-toe mechanism into the toe-box of your shoe.
2. Then, compress the shoe tree until they also fit into the heel of your shoe.


Shoe trees are very beneficial when it comes to expanding the lifespan of your shoes. They will also save you lots of money in the long run.

So buying shoe trees after getting a new pair of good shoes is certainly a wise decision. Remember to buy advanced, raw cedar wood shoe trees as they will be more versatile for different types of shoes.

Finally, after a long, rainy day, the best therapy for your shoes is to put shoe trees into them for a good night of drying and reshaping. In the morning: Good as new!


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Wooden Shoe Lasts - Checkroom Magazine for Men's Classic Shoes

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Wooden shoe lasts

April 2, 2020

Shaping blocks, which in England and the USA are referred to as shoe trees, are one of the most important accessories for shoes and boots. As a rule, connoisseurs recommend purchasing form holders for all buyers of high-quality classic shoes. In this article we will talk about why pads are needed, and what they are. In addition, let's talk about how to choose and use these accessories.

Why do we need shoe lasts?

High-quality lasts help the shoes to keep their original shape, straighten creases and folds, absorb excess moisture, prolong the life of the shoe, and contribute to its recovery. However, it must be remembered that the pads themselves are not a panacea. It is also important to follow the general rules of care: do not wear the same pair of shoes two or three days in a row from morning to evening, use high-quality shoe cosmetics and a shoehorn. One more nuance: despite the fact that well-chosen form holders help to straighten creases and folds and prevent their formation, some creases and folds on shoes can still appear. Another thing is that the pads in a sense minimize them.

What are shoe lasts?

First of all, it is worth talking about the classification of these accessories by materials. The cheapest ones are made of plastic, but we do not recommend using them. They not only do not absorb excess moisture from the shoes - they also prevent it from evaporating. Sometimes so-called travel pads are made of plastic, but when traveling it is very important that the shoes have time to dry in time, and plastic mold holders will play a bad service here. If you can't or don't want to take wooden shoes with you, it's best not to take any, and if necessary, stuff your shoes with crumpled paper or newspapers.

Among wooden blocks, cedar models are the most popular, but this does not mean that other options are not worth buying. Very worthy stocks can be made from beech (beechwood) and some other deciduous trees. It is desirable that their surface is not covered with a thick layer of varnish, because the varnish prevents the mold holders from absorbing moisture from the shoes. (The lacquered models, however, are beautiful to look at and are well suited either for seasonal storage of shoes, when it is important to keep the shape of the boots, or for display in the window. ) Cedar lasts, which are almost never varnished, boast additional advantages: they neutralize bad odors and have bactericidal properties.

It should be added that pads can be classified not only by materials, but also by shape. Ideal options - lasted shoe trees - completely correspond in shape to shoes of a particular brand and model, but they are rare, and sometimes they are very expensive. More commonly, more versatile lasts come across, which consist of several parts connected by springs and can adapt to shoes of many brands. Among them, the best are those that fill most of the shoes. You should not often use those pads that fill only the front of the boots, and rest against the back with long springs with tips. Over time, they can deform the base of the backdrop. The only advantage of such models is the low price.

The shape of the handles on the pads is a matter of personal taste. Sometimes the handles are integral with the block and are simply cut into it; sometimes they are made of metal and screwed to the product. Occasionally there are also models with metal rings or rope loops.

How to choose shoe lasts?

We have already said above that it is better to purchase mold holders made of wood, and unvarnished models will be the best choice. However, there are other nuances. You need to make sure that the lasts are the right size and shape for the shoes or boots you are buying them for (and that they fit snugly without sticking out weirdly in some places). Incorrectly selected pads can somewhat deform the shoes, stretch it where it is not needed at all. Lasts that are too small or just plain bad can fit the shape of the shoes poorly and end up not supporting it, not doing an effective job of straightening creases and creases.

Do not think that if the lasts are in size 39, then they will fit all shoes of this size. There are exceptions, and if you order pads online, you need to be prepared to be disappointed. However, if you buy mold holders for the model presented in Checkroom, you can check with our consultants in advance which options for lasts are best suited (and in what sizes).

How many shoe lasts should I buy?

Even one pair of spacers is much better than zero. Two pairs are better than one, and three are better than two. Ideally, for each pair of classic shoes and boots, you should purchase a separate pair of lasts, but it is not necessary to do this all at once. Keep in mind, however, that mold holders of the same model may only fit well with some of the shoes and boots you have, and therefore, even at the very beginning, it may be highly desirable to purchase two or three pairs of different lasts.

When exactly should you put lasts in your shoes?

There are two possible answers to this question. Some people believe that the lasts should be inserted immediately after removing the shoes; others argue that it is better to do this after a few hours, so that the shoes first dry out a little, cool down. If your shoes get very wet on the inside, it's best to fill them with crumpled newspapers/paper first to absorb most of the moisture. After drying the inner surface, it will be possible to insert the pads.

If you use one pair of lasts for several pairs of shoes, then sometimes you should “ventilate” it, that is, place it not in shoes for a day, but next to them or in another place. Remember that you should never dry or store mold holders near heating devices, as they may crack.

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Tailoring Trunk Show in Moscow

September 17, 18, 19, together with the Moscow tailoring studio Sartoria Nuova, we will hold a Trunk Show in Hyatt Regency Petrovskiy Park



The profession of a shoemaker is a rare and difficult profession, you can learn it all your life. In the days of the Soviet Union, there were no more than 100 people in the whole country who developed new forms of shoe blocks from a piece of wood, and today shoemakers know shoemakers of such a high level by name. Anatoly Vasilyevich Andriyanov is one of the representatives of that old school. Once he made a block for Tatyana Samoilova, pilot Valentina Grizodubova and developed new forms of blocks for Slava Zaitsev's collections, and today he works for Spark and spends most of his time in China. In August, Anatoly Vasilievich arrived in Moscow, and Shoes Report met with him to write down the story of one of the recognized masters of shoe making.

Anatoly Andriyanov - shoemaker

From the Dynamo Stadium to the House of Models

“I was born in 1940 and all my childhood I lived with my parents in a barrack next to the Dynamo stadium. My friends and I often served balls to famous football players who trained at the stadium, and they fed us for it. I studied at school, but I didn’t study very well - I played more and more football or hockey. In general, sports were more interesting to me than school. Once, when I was in the last grade - and it was 1955 years old, - our class teacher left me after school and said: “Tolya, you won’t go to college anyway. You study poorly and you have only football in your head. And your family needs a breadwinner, so you need to get a profession. I recently passed by Art and Craft School No. 64, an additional enrollment has just been announced there. Try to apply there. Previously, a vocational school was considered a place where difficult teenagers go - the students were fed there twice a day, dressed in uniform and after graduation they were assigned to work - some as a turner, some as a locksmith. Dad always told me: "If you study poorly, you will go to a vocational school." True, the school that the teacher advised me was with an artistic bias: masons, cabinetmakers, sculptors were trained there - many of their works were exhibited at VDNKh. But I never really held a pencil in my hands and skipped all drawing lessons, so the proposal of the class teacher seemed strange to me. But I submitted my documents just in case.

An additional set was announced to the group of shoemakers. This course was founded practically by government order, and was supervised by Ryabkin, a leading specialist in an orthopedic footwear factory, which was located next to the Aeroport metro station. The specialists of this plant made custom-made shoes for Kaganovich - he was then a member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the CPSU. Kaganovich's legs were sore, and it was difficult to find shoes for him. Every time Kaganovich was worried about something in her, and once he said to Ryabkin: “If you can’t make shoes for me, then what do ordinary people wear?”. To which Ryabkin replied: “What do you want? There are no experts! Indeed, there were no specialists - mostly people without special education, who came from shoemakers, worked. Although, before the revolution, as our teachers told us, the Russian shoe production in terms of level and quality was not much different from the European one. We had private shoe factories and entire dynasties of shoemakers: in Moscow, the Stulov dynasty, in Leningrad, the Sorokin dynasty. There was a school of handicraft, art. How were the pads made then? They chopped with an ax, cut with a knife, planed with rasps, finished with sandpaper. And this school was given to us. We were taught the way it was before the revolution, when everything was done by hand from start to finish. We could go to the forest, cut down a tree, cut a block out of it with an ax, and process it with a knife. Now no one can do that, there is no that school left. And this school was given to our graduation, and the next one after us. True, he was no longer so successful, and all his graduates disappeared, and then the course was completely closed - apparently, there was no great need for it. But there are no more specialists like my generation of shoemakers now. There were only three of us in all of Moscow - me, Zhenya Orlinsky and Slava Kitsis. Everyone has their own style, although the same school. But they are no longer working, only me.

Unknown profession

“After graduating from college, we had to go to work at an orthopedic shoe factory according to distribution. But we didn't want to work there - we were young, you can understand. And then no one knew about the profession of a shoemaker. We were embarrassed to say that we were shoemakers, and when we met girls, only the prefix “fashion designer” helped us out. Now everyone knows what a block is and why it is important in shoes, but then few people knew this profession.

In general, we did not go to work at the factory, but we were lucky: after graduating from college in 1958, Zhenya Orlinsky and I were invited to the House of Shoe Models on Sadovo-Triumfalnaya. It was headed by Vera Richardovna Komarova - a very intelligent, educated woman, the whole Union knew her. Six artists worked under her direction. All of them graduated from good art universities, they were very talented and literate people, from whom one could learn a lot. I worked in the House of Models for 10 years, and I owe everything that is good in me to these people. Then, one might say, I came from the street: although it was an art school, it was still just a school. And since you work directly with the designer when creating the last, you communicate with him and adopt his taste.

The artists of the House of Shoe Models developed a new fashion, which was then recommended to the entire light industry of the Soviet Union - such was the system. But sometimes we created shoes to order, mostly for famous people. Once we made shoes for the pilot Grizodubova. Her feet were very swollen, and she needed beautiful shoes for the appointment. We made her pointed stiletto pumps, she was very pleased. I made pads for Tatyana Samoilova: she had everything in order with her feet, she just needed special shoes. We were also contacted by Slava Zaitsev, who worked as an artist in the Fashion House on Kuznetsky Most. At 19On the 66th, he was preparing his collection for showing in Japan and Germany, and he came to our House of Shoe Models with sketches, and there such twisted, humpbacked, filled socks ... Our artists of the House of Models have not yet offered this, because for collection shows it was customary to make shoes that did not distract attention from the costume. According to Slava Zaitsev's sketches, I made blocks and fitted them to the feet of fashion models who went with him to Japan, and our designers made pointed shoes on these blocks. As we were later told, in Germany Slava Zaitsev was showered with flowers after the show.

Unattainable ideals

“I fell in love with my profession. I think that it came with the understanding that my work is needed and gives pleasure to those people with whom I worked. The most difficult thing is to make a block that the designer will like. When working with a designer, it is important to understand what he wants, but at the same time make sure that it is not only beautiful, but also functional. This, of course, is very difficult, and there are conflict situations, especially when you work not according to a sketch, but according to a prototype. The designer must not only be a great artist, he must have a good understanding of the function of shoes. After all, what's the point if the shoes are beautiful, but uncomfortable? My master, from whom I studied, always said: you can sew bad shoes on a good last, but you can no longer sew good shoes on a bad last. A block is like the foundation of a house: if there is a mistake in the foundation, sooner or later it will crack, collapse or collapse. It is impossible to make mistakes in our business, but it is also impossible to make everything perfect, since the shoe must fit as many people as possible. Therefore, there are no perfect lasts, and I don’t have a last that I am proud of - I just don’t consider them a source of pride. Even if I finished the last and am happy with it, after a while I still notice flaws. You can, of course, close your eyes to something, but we were taught differently. Sometimes it even happens that I finished the work, and the next day I looked at the last, threw it away and started all over again.

The shoemaker is not obliged to create a fundamentally new form, he has another task - to make a shoe for which shoes will be sold in Russia, which would be comfortable and made in the same style - this is required by designers. And you can’t come up with anything new - everything was invented before us. Shoe factories keep one copy of each shoe model, and from such collections it becomes obvious that everything has already happened. Even in the photographs of empresses and nobles, it is noticeable that the heels, the shape of the toe, heel, are all the same as ours, and everything goes in a circle. Only time and our vision change. The block also remains the same, because it is not born on its own, but is created on the basis of its predecessors. There are standards developed by the masters, and the block is not made anew each time. The shoemaker glues or welds new elements onto an existing block blank, taking into account the positive qualities of the source and doing it the way the designer likes it or the way it will be better sold. As a result, the block becomes larger. But since my school is based on working with wood, I use the method from largest to smallest - I cut off the excess from the block. This is my style of work and I always use my own lasts, correcting the cons and keeping the pros.”

Trail of Italy

“The most interesting thing is doing something for the first time. For example, they brought me a prototype from Italy and asked me to make the same block. But this does not mean that I will completely copy it, because this is not a watch where there are mechanics and everything can be repeated millimeter by millimeter. It is necessary to repeat not what you see in the guise of leather, but the part invisible to the eye, which served as the foundation, the basis for this shoe. Therefore, even if you make a block according to a prototype, you still create something of your own. This is very interesting work. I look at the boot and think: firstly, the prototype was sewn a year ago, and today that Italian shoemaker would make a much better last, because there is no limit to perfection, and something new is added every year. You will notice this if you put a collection of this and last year next to each other. And you, as a professional, should also make it even better. Secondly, you need to understand who will wear these shoes, to whom it suits better. You look at different women and think, would they wear such shoes?

When I worked at the House of Models, we went to the All-Union Chamber of Commerce, looked at foreign magazines and shoe models brought from abroad. So I comprehended the basics of the Italian school. Our artists developed some models based on Italian footwear samples, however, like all other artists in the world. I have been to Italy twice. The first time in 1966 - six months before the first shoe exhibition in the Soviet Union in Luzhniki. We, specialists from all over the Soviet Union - artists, fashion designers, shoemakers - were sent to Italy for two weeks to look, learn and prepare worthy samples from the Soviet Union for the exhibition. Despite the fact that I was not a member of the Komsomol and had never traveled to democratic countries, they let me out without lectures and additional questions - and this despite the fact that it was very difficult to go abroad then. Apparently, when the state really needed them, they released them without talking. Italy made such a strong impression on me that then I didn’t even want to go anywhere. Rome, Venice - all this for a very long time did not fit in my head. Then I realized that I was too far from the Italian shoemakers professionally, although I did not understand how far. I couldn't even compare how qualified I was compared to them. And at 19In 1985, when I had already gone to Italy on my own for the second time, in frank conversations with fashion designers, I realized what this difference was. Of course, we have a strong school, and it is not known who will make the block faster and better - we or the Italians. But the Italian school is based on aesthetics, and in order to adopt their culture of shoe production, one must be born and live in Italy. But in general, I realized that we are on an equal footing with the Italians. With a shoemaker who worked at a shoe factory in the city of Forli, we spoke through an interpreter, but we spoke as if in the same language - just kindred spirits. Whatever he tells me, I know it, whatever I tell him, he knows it too. That is, we were at the same level of professional development, we just achieved it in different ways.”

Work with blocks, salary with blocks

“I worked at the House of Models for 10 years, and then they moved it from Sadovo-Triumfalnaya to a new building in Cheryomushki. There was a factory there, which the ministry decided to make experimental and completely give over to the needs of the House of Models. It was the right decision: it’s one thing when you make pads and don’t delve into the production process, and another when you communicate with technologists and understand what is profitable to produce and what is not. But by that time we already had some disagreements in the House of Models, and it was far from going to Novye Cheryomushki. In general, I don’t remember exactly how, but I was lured to the House of Consumer Service Shoe Models in Khimki, owned by the Ministry of Consumer Services. They also had their own design bureaus, only they did not serve industry, but private ateliers. I worked there for six months and realized that I had made a mistake. It was not even about the people, because almost the entire composition of the House of Models moved there with me. I just realized that this is not mine: other tasks, not so interesting. But I did not return, I thought it was not good. Since I had to work somewhere - by that time I already had a family - I got a job as a shoemaker at the First Model Factory of the Vostok association on Krasnaya Presnya. I worked for two years and I was invited to the Cuban shoe factory. Previously, she sewed ordinary slippers, but when a strong fashion designer David Lvovich Zabryansky came there from the House of Shoe Models, the factory began to sew moccasins and turned into an interesting experimental production. In total, I worked in Kubinka for 15 years, but every five years I quit because there was not enough work. But every time I was called back and I returned, because it was interesting to work there.

During the second trip to Italy in our delegation, I met the director of the Armavir block plant, Shupletsov Gennady Arkadyevich. Soon perestroika began, and we decided to organize our own pad development enterprise. I developed these pads, and the plant in Armavir replicated them. At that time, the entire shoe industry of the Soviet Union already knew me, and Moscow shoemakers could take part in this enterprise. Everything was very interesting until, due to a shortage in the country, we had to pay our employees by barter. How can I pay in stocks? Who needs them? Therefore, I simply closed the enterprise and began to work for those who knew me and invited me under a contract. He worked with Liska for 10 years, at the same time he began to travel to China for the first time. Now I work for Spark, and this Spring-Summer 2014 collection is my first collection for this company. Actually, I don't like to change jobs, because I need to organize my workplace, to be able to do what I need, regardless of external circumstances. Now I mainly work in China, and everything depends on me there. If I made a bad last, then this is solely my fault. In Russia, you can let the customer down on time, because little depends on you: here, after I have developed a last, I cannot immediately sew shoes on it and check my work, but in China there are all the possibilities.

I would love to come back to work with people who create fashion, with those who are followed by the industry. I feel in my gut that I could. You know what they say: it doesn't matter how old you are, what matters is how you feel.

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