Ruth Emily Davey

2013 QEST Leathersellers' Company Scholar - Shoemaking

Ruth Emily began making shoes age 18 when she was an apprentice to shoemaker Alan James Raddon.  Once she mastered the art of Shoemaking she set out independently of her mentor, and in 2016 she opened her first shop in Machynlleth, Wales and launched RED shoes.

A multi award-winning shoemaker, Ruth Emily won the inaugural Balvenie Young Master of Craft Award 2011 as well as the Worshipful Company of Cordwainer’s Award for Innovation 2018/19. She has also taken part in a year’s residency in one of Thomas Heatherwick’s creative units.  Her QEST Scholarship enabled a deeper understanding of boot design and helped her to become a trained reflexologist. She has also been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship which enabled her to travel to Japan and Mexico to understand the passing down of skills from master to apprentice.  In 2019 she took on several apprentices of her own and has expanded into two shops.

My passion and purpose has always been to create with my hands. I construct each pair of shoes using the finest care and attention. With the collection of different processes that unite each shoe it often feels that each pair is born into the world.