Footwear made to order price guide in NZ$credit-cards-iconmastercard & visa debit or credit cards accepted

sandals from $350

open back shoe from $480

closed shoe from $550

ankle length boot from $620

calf length boot from $690

knee high boot from $790

surcharge for Last Building & Pattern Cutting $60 to $250 ( affected by both LAST sizing where adjustments are required to alter the shoe shape (THE LAST) from my standards for e.g, extra wide girth, high arch or deep toe fittings & the upper design (THE PATTERNS) where the cut or line of the shoe is adjusted to suit the foot)

COPY AN OLD FAVOURITE ? last building as above, pattern making surcharge $160


Perforation and brogue detail from $50 to $120

Buttons or special hardware from $50

Platforms and heels over 5cm from $60 to $90

Stitched down soles

- Outer welt stitch down construction @ $90

- soles with insole stitch down @ $40

Stick on rubber half soles @ $40

placing an order

Once the style is chosen I will send you a quote, some swatches and a rough sketch.

You pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to confirm and initiate the order.

Usual turnaround time is about 6 to 10 weeks.

Towards completion, before soles and heels are built, we will do a trial fitting - fine adjustments on width etc can still be made at this stage. Sometimes more than one trial is needed. The shoes are then finished and your balance is settled.

COURIER For orders from afar, the shoe is sent to you by courier for fittings and on completion.

LAY BYES are available - good things take time - always worth the wait!

REPEAT ORDERS - All measurements, lasts and patterns are kept on record for future use. If a repeat pair is made up on the same last, it will usually cost less the 2nd time around.

sizing for mail orders

'Standard' sizes and some wider fittings from most of my collections, can be catered for by mail.

Here's how it works

I send you a measurement guide , we discuss the style you have in mind. Call or skype if you find that easier. (An old pair of your shoes, that worked well, can be very useful for reference when fitting up a new last)

This initial email and or skype consultation is followed by sending you swatches of suitable leathers to choose from and a quote as above.


I have a wide choice of quality, supple leathers in my collection. Bovine, goat, ostrich, printed hair-on and even some snakeskin. ALL my leather stocks have been acquired from sustainable sources. Exotics have CITES certification or are from workshop collections acquired as job lot stocks , these I upcycle into a beautiful new pair.

note: I can often source specific colours and leathers on request POA

BELTS to measure from $95

Soft tanned, lined and stitched $95 to $175 depending on complexity

Veg tanned, hand dyed $95 to $130 depending on width and fittings

REPAIRS undertaken on all my own work and other shoes, bags and belts on inspectionkiwi

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my studio "the shoemaker's shed", is situated at the bottom of my garden @ 56 Mako Street, Oneroa, Waiheke Island.

getting to the island

Matiatia is a 35 minute ferry ride from the Queens Warf in Auckland's CBD. A short bus trip (no1) from the wharf at Matiatia to Tui street will set you at the bottom of Mako and the studio is a 5 minute walk up the road.

You are welcome to make an appointment to visit if you are planning to come to the island.

Weekends - please call ahead - I may well be gardening or down at the beach :)

Weekdays - you should find me in studio during usual opening times

Text or call ahead (022) 048 2680


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I am also available for consultations and fittings in Auckland (Nelson and Wellington) from time to time. Appointments for such a meeting can be made in advance to fit in with my schedule, please enquire if this works better for you.

GIFT VOUCHERS gift vouchers

$100 will book the e voucher or gift card. A consultation with the recipient to discuss style, take measurements & choose leathers is followed with exact quote and a further deposit paid to one third, balance settled @ completion.

mailing list

sueshoeTo get a newsletter every so often with stuff about workshops and what’s going on in my studio, please send your name and email address to: studio@sue-engels.co.nz   and I will add you to my mailing list.


The more often you nourish your leather bags and shoes, the finer the leather will become. Beeswax OR lanolin polishes feed the fibres and give the leathers a richer hue.

Shoe care kit $65 - in a handy leather case, 2 tins polish, 2 brushes and a buffer.


nourishment & care

Beeswax leather dressing $10

Renovating shoe polishes $10

Horsehair brushes $10 each or 2 for $15

Non-aerosol spray protection for suedes nubucks and most leathers!

FEND : $15 per 50ml or $45 per 250ml

BOOT SHAPERS $25 a pair


Repair your shoes before your soles and heels are wrecked and keep them out of our precious oceans!

Quality leather and rubber soles can be repaired here, no PVC.

Unsure if they are fixable? you are most welcome to bring them by for advice. If I can't attend to your repair, I will send them to the city specialists, Gemmels and have them back on the island in around 3 to 4 weeks.

Luggage, Bag and Belt repairs are welcome too!

Simply pop by my studio or give me a call

here's rough price guide

Rubber stick on half soles & heels

$45 pr each or $85 for both

Shoe & bootleg stretching from $20- $30 pr

Rubber vibram sole unit replacements from $90

Rebuilding stacked heels POA

Re-glueing sports soles from $50

W O F - Have your shoes re-soled & heeled, spritzed and polished from $95

Shoes, Boots or Bags - Clean and polish from $25

Replacing buckles, straps on bags etc from $25

Zip replacements $75shoeshine