I recently had the pleasure of visiting Jeff Mandel’s Custom shoe shop in Portland with some friends. Jeff’s shoes are completely and lovingly handmade to fit your feet like no shoes has ever before. The tools of his trade are almost as beautiful as his shoes.

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Shoe lasts and women’s shoes

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Cabinet full of gorgeous examples of Jeff’s fine craftsmanship.

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I call this the grinder pounder machine.

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Wall of Awls

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Discussing bike shoes

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The tool wall

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Slicer dicer aligator

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wall of lasts

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Example of Jeff’s handmade shoes from his website