A.C.Hare footwear is all handmade to the highest quality using traditional methods of shoe manufacturing to ensure that your boots not only look great but last the test of time.

Take a look inside our factory and see how your boots are made.

Step 1

Our boot or shoe patterns are all cut out by hand.

Step 2

All leather patterns are stitched around the edges to prevent fraying. There are two patterns cut, the vamp and the quarters which meet at the ankle.

Step 3

Leather is stretched by applying heat. This is to form the shape of the boot and to ensure that the boot structure stays in the correct shape and does not loosen too much with wear.

Step 5

The toe is moulded into our almond shape. We always manufacture boots using an almond toe as this is the traditional shape of Chelsea boots and are a more flattering shape.

Step 7

A thick wax is threaded around the sole. This is used for strength and also for flexibility in the sole. All of our footwear is constructed using Goodyear Welting, which is considered the most efficient and skilled method of shoe manufacture.

Step 9

Next, the welt is sewn on with a hand seam, which is a lock stitch where every stitch can hold separately.

Step 4

Upper leather detailing is completed and hardwear installed.

Step 6

Soles and heels are cut from leather and wood. These are then treated and prepared.

Step 8

The sole is filled with cork for insulation and comfort. Cork is the most traditional material to be used in the process as it is comfortable and also light. Cork has a lot of natural benefits as it is water resistant and moisture wicking. The cork also thermoforms to the feet to create a comfortable mould to match your feet.

Step 10

The soles, the outer contours, and the leather is polished ready to be packed.

"Handcrafted for you - a piece of tradition and passion"