ALAN JAMES RADDON
May 20, 2015
There seemed to be a trend forming during our trip, villages kept appearing smaller and smaller. Aberarth, you could say is more a small collection of houses right on the very edge of the sea front. Again, winding down to our destination, we found ourselves in the garden leading to Alan James Raddon’s house. If you were unaware of Alan’s profession, you could soon have a good guess after stepping just one foot through his front door. Shoes. Shoes everywhere. Beautifully handmade, leather, suede, textured or smooth, lace ups and sandals adorned the walls and shelves of his homely abode. Every spot of the wall was a story, a journey or a significant point of Alan’s life and career. Above the stairwell were hung, in chronological order, every shoe Alan had made during his self-taught shoemaking career. The display exhibited the development of style and different techniques with ‘Eureka moments’ pinpointing new ideas and revelations along the way. Alan began making rope soled shoes until he discovered his signature piece, the ‘Shandal’, an original design he and his apprentice designed and developed together.