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.
Made with care
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 new Preston (formerly Brunswick) workshop. Materials are sourced from local manufacturers and suppliers, and 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 including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) 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
Custom colours and half sizes are available for any of the designs on our website. Current styles can be customised at extra cost, email us to arrange a consultation or make an enquiry. We will do our best to get back to you asap. 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. Some 2017-2019 design collaborations and theatrical commissions have included the Victorian Opera, Circus Oz, the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love, Eleventh Hour Theatre’s Waiting for Godot, and MSFW student runway.
Claire has taught a variety of short courses at the CAE, Third Drawer Down and RMIT for would be shoe makers and leather craft enthusiasts alike. She is currently the shoe making tutor for short courses at RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles in Brunswick. Join the mailing list for upcoming private tuition opportunities and footwear short courses at our new premises in Preston.