Handsome Shoes for Interesting People
Betty Ennis has incorporated a lifetime of learning in art, craft, textiles, fashion, film, music industry and building ... into the trade of shoemaking since 2010. She learnt her basic shoemaking skills by completing a short course at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and multiple advanced workshops in Tasmania with bespoke shoemaker Luna Newby.
Betty soon started creating her own designs using only vintage sewing machines, knives, hammer and tacks, bench sander and glues. She hand cuts and moulds traditional vegetable tan leather toe puffs, heel stiffeners and stacked leather heels.
Sourcing unusual and one-off finds of quality leathers, she creates funky men’s and women’s shoes and boots on commission and her signature range of unisex lace-up derbies. Motivated by never being able to find what she likes, her recent designs have a definite nod to the sixties.
“Shoemaking is incredibly rewarding: it is art, design, fashion, technical drawing, form, function and skilled construction,” says Betty. “A striking pair of shoes or boots is the ultimate statement for me.”
BettyBossyBoots is based in Spotswood, a creative, inner city western suburb of Melbourne, Australia. In her workshop she brings to life, shape, style, uniqueness, quality and that perfect size of any commission. Betty also runs small beginners workshops for those who really want to try the craft.