Yorkshire’s London-based, Justin Deakin is one of the country’s finest cordwainer’s and unlike most of his peers, specialises solely in clothing men’s feet. Although Deakin may not have the mass appeal cache of a Christian Louboutin, Patrick Cox or Manolo Blahnik, his use of traditional craftsmanship has meant that unlike many of his contemporaries, he had a pair of his shoes in the prestigious Design Museum.

Think Work Play turned up at Justin’s new east-London shop to catch up with the charismatic cobbler and get an in-depth analysis from the man himself, on his inspirations and passion for restoring craft over mass-production.

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