Meet The Artisan

For years I searched for real artisan footwear. I knew what I was looking for: A handmade leather sandal, shoe, boot or moccasin that was unique, natural, and comfortable; classic leather footwear with timeless beauty and functional elegance. Where did I find it? I found the heart of the craft in the pride of craftsmen of days gone by, I found ideas in the functional designs of ancient civilizations… But no one I could find was making what I longed to find.  Or at least not yet… It was then I knew I was on the right path, a path of discovery and creation, and a path with Soul.

I love the work I have chosen to do…  It is a pleasure for me to work with beautiful, soft leather, and to feel a good tool in my hands as I connect with an ancient tradition of sandal, boot, and moccasin making.  I love old, quality tools, and handmade tools and knives the most, as they ring with quality and carry the energy of the maker.

It is a skill to learn to sharpen a blade for the task at hand; akin to tuning an instrument – it cultivates patience and presence of mind, and good work may be produced only once the tool is finely honed, as good music will only be produced once the instrument is finely tuned.

Making good footwear is difficult, and a custom fitting is more demanding still.  One need not wonder for long why this trade and these skills have nearly disappeared – it is hard work, and risky in this day and age.  So I am taking the risk of doing what I believe in because I know the value of real quality, and in this modern desert where people are beginning to feel the thirst for quality, some of us are creating an oasis.

Every purchase from Soul Path Shoes directly supports an artisan shoemaker and his family… A small business taking one step further on the path less traveled, a path with Soul.

Nathan deBridge Bowes
Artisan Shoemaker, Designer and Founder of Soul Path Shoes
2190 North End Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
V8K 1E1