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Irakli Bochorishvili

Irakli Bochorishvili Shoemaker
Contact
Georgian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+995 599184404
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The shoe sculptor

  • • Irakli has a background in painting
  • • He launched his shoemaking studio, Shoesofrenia, in 2002
  • • He is famous for his bespoke shoes made without stitches

Irakli Bochorishvili is a bespoke shoemaker, who learned the techniques of his craft years ago from Italian shoemakers at the Tbilisi factory, Qartu Isani. After receiving this valuable experience, Irakli decided to pursue his own career in shoemaking and, in 2002, he founded his studio, Shoesofrenia. “The workshop was named by my friend, who always joked about my obsession with shoes and the extensive working hours at my studio, which looked like schizophrenia,” Irakli laughs. Having been trained as a painter, he was always passionate about sculpture, which today plays an essential role in the shoemaking process. “I had always struggled to find high-quality shoes that would comfortably suit my feet, so I decided to take a chance and study new crafts that would embody all my artistic interests. Shoes have a lot to do with sculpture, in terms of modelling three-dimensional shapes."

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Works

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Handmade leather boots

The calf-high boots are made of genuine hazelnut brown leather on a leather sole. The boots have 2cm heels. They are of lace-up style and have a squared toe box. The shoe last and patterns are individually made after the sketch, which is the first step in designing the boot. Both the leather and lining are hand-cut.

Size 38.5

Photo: © Irakli Bochorishvili
Transformer boots

These dark brown, knee-high boots are made of genuine stiff leather on a leather sole. It is a multifunctional boot, which consist of two parts: a separate round and slightly narrowed at the toe ankle boot on a 4cm heel with a rear zipper, and an attachable shaft, which in turn has a full-length zipper on the back for easy removal, it comes from the Transformer collection. These particular boots are influenced by the military style, however, a highly contoured cut through the ankle and calf, as well as the smoothness of the leather, give a refined elegance to the work.

Size 38 Size

Photo: © Irakli Bochorishvili
Calf-high boots

The multicolored, wide shaft, calf-high boots are made of genuine leather on a leather sole. Handmade in the style of cowboy boots, they have rounded slightly pointed toe and an angled "cowboy" 5cm heel. They boast a patchwork of three different colors, including hazelnut and chestnut brown and light blue leather, which in turn echoes the same light blue color of the heel and sole, and adds a feminine touch to the overall masculine shape of the boots.

Size 37

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Stiletto pumps

These pumps are made of genuine blue suede on an 8cm stiletto heel with leather lining and a leather sole. The angular cut of the vamp adds an individual touch to the overall classic slender shape of the pump. The shoe last and patterns are individually made after the sketch. Both the leather and lining are hand-cut.

Size 37

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Brogues

These Oxford style men’s, formal lace-up shoes are made of genuine stiff black leather with a smooth shiny texture. The shoe last and patterns are individually made after the sketch, which is the first step in designing the boot. Both the leather and lining are hand-cut. The perforated patterns on the toecap and sides, as well as the overall slender contour, add a stylish look to the shoe.

Size 43

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