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Made With Care

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

'Painted Derby Shoes' as seen in the NGV '200 Years of Australian Fashion' exhibtion catalogue.  Catalogue image National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

'Painted Derby Shoes' as seen in the NGV '200 Years of Australian Fashion' exhibtion catalogue.

 Catalogue image National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

Claire Best is a shoe maker based in Melbourne, Australia. 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.

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. They were on display again in the '200 Years of Australian Fashion' retrospective at The Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia in 2016

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.

 

Custom Orders

Bespoke footwear can be made to suit individuals needs and tastes. If you have a particular design in mind or are after a specific colourway, get in touch to arrange a consultation. Prices and time-frame vary depending on complexity.  Current wait times are 8-9 weeks on custom orders.

 

Collaborations

Keep an eye on the Blog and join the Mailing List for updates on exciting new projects. 2016 collaborations included MSFW Emerging Designer Runway, the Victorian Opera and Circus Oz. 2017 sees the launch of N.A.S - unique painted canvas accessories with artist Jessica Crowe.

Short Courses

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 the tutor of footwear short courses at the RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles in Brunswick.