About Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas Shoes was founded in 1996.

Paul has been a designer maker since 1988, trained at the famous Cordwainers College now part of The London College of Fashion, where he has been part of the teaching team sine 1997.

He has also worked for Freeds of London, in their dance and theatrical department, and was part of the team at the then famously progressive Lawler Duffy Shoes in the early to mid nineties.

His shoes have been commissioned for exhibitions curated by The Crafts Council, The British Council, and The Barbican Centre, London.

He has collaborated with designers Ally Capellino, Abe Hamilton and Dai Rees on collections to compliment their work for various seasons for London Fashion Week, as well as a collaberation with textile designer B. Earley.

He has delivered workshops and demonstration lectures in London, Jersey, Mexico and Estonia, and has demonstrated his skills several times at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Paul was instrumental in the set up and teaching of the first short courses and summer schools in footwear at The London College Of Fashion. Initially teaching these courses himself.

He has been running his own Handmade to Measure footwear classes since 2000, adding his three week intensive courses in 2007.

A real perfectionist, paying close attention to detail, he is a master at his craft; with a huge wealth of knowledge. He is also a very passionate teacher and belives it is impotant to pass on the skills to his students, to keep the craft of handmade shoemaking alive.

He has been involved in the teaching of some of the most influential current shoe designers. Rupert Sanderson, Georgina Goodman, Joanne Stoker, Lena Lipp of Red by Wolves, Freya Rose Wedding and Bridal Shoes, Hetty Rose and Kira Goodey to name a few. Other past students have been placed in jobs around the world in some of todays biggest shoe brands.

Quality has always been forefront in Paul's work, and this can also be seen in the work of his students in the student gallery.