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price guide

Each commission needs to be evaluated separately.

Starting price in NZ $

sandals from $390

open back shoe from $480

closed shoe from $550

ankle length boot from $590

calf length boot from $690

knee high boot from $790

Last building & pattern cutting $60 to $180

this price adjustment is affected by both LAST sizing & upper DESIGN where adjustments are required to alter the shoe shape from my standards to fit e.g. extra wide girth, high arch or deep toe fittings

ADDITIONAL COSTS that could be added to the starting price plus last building & patterns

Perforation and brogue detail from $50 to $120

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 @ $30


I have a wide choice of calf, goat and bovine leathers in my collection. Also ostrich, printed hair-on calf and snakeskin. ALL my leather stocks have been acquired from sustainable sources and have CITES certification where applicable. Some have been discarded as job lot stocks which I treat and upcycle into a beautiful new pair.

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

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.

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My studio @ the shoemaker's shed, is situated on 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.

Weekend visits are very welcome, by prior arrangement - I may well be gardening or down at the beach :)

Weekdays - most likely between 10 am and 4pm though its best to call first to be sure I am in.

Happy to collect you from the boat, just let me know.

c (022) 048 2680


facebook page : the shoemakers shed

instagram : sue.engels.bespoke

If you cannot make a trip to Waiheke Island, I am also available for consultations and fittings in both Auckland and Wellington CBD from time to time. Appointments for such a meeting can be made in advance.

placing an order

A DEPOSIT of 30% of the total quoted price is required to confirm and initiate an order.

Usual turnaround time is about 8 to 10 weeks.

REPEAT ORDERS - All custom made 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.

'Difficult' to fit and special sizes are best arranged by consultation in person followed by a couple of fittings.

sizing for mail orders

Thanks to the trusty postal service this is a fairly easy process, taking the guess work out of buying from a distance.

'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. You are welcome to call or skype if you find that easier.

This initial consultation is followed by sending you swatches of suitable leathers to choose from and a a full quote,by email, including payment details.

The order is confirmed on payment of a deposit (instalment payments can also be arranged )

Towards completion, before soles and heels are built, the shoe is sent to you for a fitting - fine adjustments on width etc can still be made at this stage.

The finished shoe is mailed to you once these adjustments have been made and your balance is settled.