“This is not quite a Greenwich query, more a Blackheath one. But I’m hoping that you will be able to help me.
There is a ‘shop’ in Blackheath who make made to measure shoes. I can’t remember the name or exact address. Can you help with a name, address or phone number?”
The Phantom, as seems to be usual these days, is a bit stumped. I don’t actually know of a real, proper shoemaker in Blackheath – though of course that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist.
The splendid (and still defiantly independent) Pares Footwear is the double-fronted store in Tranquil Vale, worth a visit (especially at sale time) not least for the very strange, brown-painted curly wooden balustrading outside the shop, but it only sells shoes, doesn’t make them as far as I know. On the other hand, it prides itself on it standard of fitting and specialist footwear- so if you’re looking for orthopaedic-quality fit, it might just be the ticket.
The closest bespoke shoemakers I know of is Merrifields in East Dulwich. They don’t have a website that I can find, but their address is:
42, GROVE VALE, London, SE22 8DY Tel: 020 8693 1611
Folks – do you know of a shoemaker in Blackheath I’ve missed?