About Us + Extra Info
Claire Best is a shoe maker based in Melbourne. Her footwear is designed and made by hand, with an emphasis on quality materials, craftsmanship, contemporary design and innovation. All aspects of production take place in her Brunswick workshop, and each pair of shoes are made to order.
Claire has taught a variety of short courses at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) and Third Drawer Down, for would be shoe makers and leather craft enthusiasts alike. She is now a tutor of footwear short courses at the RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles.
2013-2014 saw Claire exhibit as part of Melbourne Now at NGV International, and her ‘Painted Derby’ shoes have since been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria for their permanent collection of fashion and textiles.
Claire has also been commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum (MAAS) in Sydney for their permanent footwear collection. Her ‘Gusset Brogue Boots’ were exhibited as part of ‘Recollect: Shoes’ in 2014- 2015.
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Claire Best is a shoe maker, designer and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. Her footwear is made by hand, with an emphasis on quality materials, craftsmanship, contemporary design and innovation.
All production takes place in-house in the Brunswick workshop, with materials sourced from local manufacturers and suppliers. Each pair of shoes are made to order, with a three week make time prior to shipping or collection.
As well as traditional footwear designs, Claire specialises in playing on classic footwear forms with her unique range of hand painted shoes. Treating the leather as a drawing surface, these creations are a celebration of the one-off nature of the bespoke making process.
Claire's designs have been exhibited and are held in permanent collections of fashion and textiles at both the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne and the Powerhouse Museum (MAAS) in Sydney.
View the Painted Derby Shoes on the NGV online catalogue here: www.ngv.vic.gov.au
View the Gusset Brogue Boots on the MAAS online catalogue here: www.maas.museum
Bespoke footwear can be made to suit individuals needs and tastes. Any designs on our website can be adapted at extra cost, email us to arrange a consultation or make an enquiry. Please note, when we are experiencing a busy period there is a waiting list for customised orders. Prices and time vary depending on complexity.
Keep an eye on our News page or join the Mailing List for updates on exciting new projects. 2017 collaborations included MSFW, Vic Opera and Circus Oz. We launched the N.A.S accessories and worked with fashion designer Remie Cibis. 2018 has included Vic Opera's William Tell and Eleventh Hour Theatre's Waiting for Godot.
Claire has taught a variety of short courses at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) and Third Drawer Down, for would be shoe makers and leather craft enthusiasts alike. She is currently the shoe making tutor for short courses at the RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles in Brunswick. For course enquiries: www.shortcourses.rmit.edu.au