Far up in the north of Sweden you find Viktora Nilson, a third generation cobbler, designing and making her own handcrafted men's shoes in exotic materials as salmon and reindeer.
One of Viktorias earliest memories are from when she was little and "helped" her father polishing shoes in his little cobbler shop.
Today she is working from that very same workshop in a small town in the North of Sweden that her father did.
She was accepted to world-renowned Cordwainers at London College of Fashion and left 4 years later with a BA hons in product design for the fashion industry, footwear. Instead of go working in the fashion industry, she followed her heart and left London for her hometown Skellefteå and set up a workshop on her own conditions. The shoes are all handcrafted by Viktoria herself from the first design to pattern and final product. The design is inspired from the footwear that rural and small town people wore in the beginning of the 1900’s
Viktoria Nilsson carries two models with are channel stitched, a chukka and a low oxford type. They are only made to order and a pair of shoes takes about one week to make.
She tans the salmon skin herself using olive oil, eggyolk and soap, just like the old ways. The uppers are made with vegetable tanned leather from Kero tannery in Pajala, Sweden. It is the most northern tannery in the world. The linings are made from reindeer skin also vegetable tanned from Kero. Reindeerhearding is the main source of income for the Sami people (the indigenous of Scandinavia), and the skins are perfect for lining the shoes.
Her other products are made from either vegetable tanned leather from Kero or from recycled leather products such as leather jackets or upholstery. By using recycled materials Viktoria can offer products that are unique because they're only made in small quantities and support a sustainable lifestyle.