The Art of Shoemaking – Janardana

The art of shoemaking – janardana

Janardana’s new short film about shoemaking takes us behind the scenes to show us the construction of a pair of Mens Hand Welted Derby Half Boots. Constructed with two hands and a few specialised tools, Janardana crafts his shoes the same way shoes were made a hundred years ago.

Shot by videographer Andrew Kainder

After Janardana decided he wanted to learn shoemaking, he applied to the last shoemaking course running through the education sector in Sydney. For three years, every six months he sent an application, however as the numbers were continuously scarce, the course never came to fruition.

Eventually, Janardana was offered a one-week course with one of his favourite shoe designers, Andrew McDonald Shoemaker. Impressed with Janardana’s skill, Andrew offered him work experience, which turned into a paid position following an opening in Andrew’s business. Thrown in the deep-end, Janardana learnt Andrew’s making style in a matter of weeks. The two designers worked together for four years, with Janardana only recently leaving to focus on the development of his own brand.

Shoemaking is a passion and obsession for Janardana. He loves the process of taking leather in its raw form and working it to create an object that will be appreciated and worn for years to come.

 Janardana - hand welted derby half boots

Go to Janardana’s designer page to shop his shoes.



Surry Hills, Australia

My shoes do not follow the transient nature of trends and are made to withstand all facets of time. From the moment I start working, I am invested  in all measures of detail, from the clicking of the leather, to the shaping of the heel. Everything I create is constructed by hand, with that comes the character & artistry that embody the reason behind my chosen skill.