In the beginning of Peter's Shoes ‘My competitors at the time told me that top-quality brands could never coexist in a repair-led business – thank goodness they were wrong!’ - Peter Bullock to Derbyshire Life in 2015
Cordwainer and the Cobbler
Peter's Shoemakers & Restorers
14 Low Pavement - Bricks and Mortar
Peter’s Fine Shoes Boutique fitting, repairs and showroom is located in Enfield Chambers, on Nottingham’s Low Pavement in the heart of the city. This 1910 built Edwardian building designed by Architect William Richard Gleave (1868 - 1933) seems a perfect location for the luxury retail experience provided by proprietor and footwear craftsman, Peter Bullock.
Following the retirement of Peter's mentor more that 40 years ago he recalls, ‘I... had to work for a big corporate shoe repair and retail business, helping to manage shops in Lincoln, Doncaster and Rotherham. However, I didn’t want to cut keys and engrave metal work – my passion was in shoemaking, so I decided to leave and set-up on my own.’
About Peter's Shoes in 2018
Looking back 45 years later, in an interview for Derbyshire Life he reflected that it was his love of restoring boots and shoes – rather than football – that was to become his true passion and vocation
Since starting his apprenticeship at the age of 12 years old when he accepted a part-time job offer from the Hungarian-born master shoemaker in the rural village of Dinnington, Peter’s education in shoemaking followed the traditional time-honoured method of passing down skills from the craftsman to the apprentice.
‘I felt at home here and gained many skills in repairing and restoring shoes, as well as useful knowledge of how to run a shop, especially when my mentor was on holiday.’
The UK's fashion industry has seen a dramatic decline in the manufacturing of shoes in Britain, with increased competition from overseas, Peter has managed to buck this trend by expanding his shoemaking retail empire as well as developing innovative and imaginative plans to nurture the next generation of England’s shoemakers and footwear designers.
Peter has always been keen to test traditional thinking of what can be done, and his most recent recruits to his ‘Retail, Design and Management Team’ were both female – a direct challenge to the traditional view that shoemaking can only be done by men.
On graduating from from De Montfort University, Lilly Deeming (pictured with Peter above) moved to Nottingham to become part of Peter’s new repair, design and shoemaking team in his timeless yet charmingly trendy Nottingham outlet, which is located as contextualised earlier, in Lower Pavement near the iconic Paul Smith boutique fashion store.
‘I was determined to get my foot through Peter’s door. I badgered him by telephone and email until he gave me an interview. I am overwhelmed to be part of his team and it is exciting to be part of a new generation of shoemakers,’ says Lilly.
‘I loved being in the shoemaker’s workshop; the smell of glue, the leather and even the paraffin heaters all appealed to me,’ remembers Peter.
‘One of my earliest memories is of the shoemaker working in his kitchen preparing home-cooked Hungarian food, while I was climbing on his machines attempting to make my first shoes,’