T&F Slack Shoemakers London is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Tim and Fiona Slack, who are dedicated to making modern classics. It's an ethos that we first experimented with in the 1970s. Back then we were one of the first to move from the dominant platform trend of the day. Using unusual combinations like yellow and blue, we successfully revived great British Classics including the 5-eyelet Derby under our then brand name, Walkers. Shoes from the Walkers days are just as relevant now and provide T&F Slack Shoemakers with a shoe archive that is unique and extensive.
From the Notting Hill shop and leading stores, T & F Slack Shoemakers offer a made to order service; styles can be made up in 3-4 weeks in a wide choice of colours. The shoes have a very English attitude. Our main influence is modernist architecture and the Bauhaus. As designers we have always believed that at the beginning of each season the most fundamental shoes from the past should be revisited and given a contemporary reworking. The current 5 lace Derby has been running since 1976 after it was adopted by epoch making musicians.
Since the original blue and yellow version there have been many new colour combos introduced. Tim and Fiona Slack started making hand made shoes near Glastonbury when the Festival started back in the early 70s, mostly for the visiting musicians and artists. Since then, there have been design collaborations with influential footwear collections. Today it is more important that ever to train people back into creative shoemaking skills, so we have our own workshops in London. The aim is to develop hand making techniques that allow us design innovation and a product at an accessible price.