Book Our durham fitting & DESIGN EXPERIENCE
Book a fitting at the beautiful Ushaw Historic House, a converted 19thC former Seminary
DURHAM, THE SEMINARY
Book a one-hour fitting in our flagship location where you can enjoy a full consultation with one of our fantastic 'Shoe Guys' which will include a full fitting and design service.
From shoe shine to our fabulous drinks menu, this is not your ordinary shopping experience as you enjoy a personalised service in a truly five-star, 19thC inspirational location.
If you need accommodation, we've partnered with the stunning Hotel Indigo*, a beautiful and quirky hotel, to offer you a convenient and boutique stay right in the centre of Durham. You can enjoy the best of Durham's nightlife and Hotel Indigo's hospitality (including discount on their famous Marco Pierre White Steakhouse), whilst visiting us to design your bespoke shoes.
*Appointment should be booked and paid for in advance. Stay depending on availability.
- GIFT VOUCHERS
- THE APPOINTMENT
- OTHER LOCATIONS
- HOTEL INDIGO
DO YOU SELL GIFT VOUCHERS?
Yes, we have both e-gift vouchers and gift boxes you can buy ahead of your fitting appointment. A gift box is a beautifully packaged kraft box that comes with lots of fabulous optional extras. This is a wonderful way of presenting Hand Dyed Shoe Co. and our fantastic bespoke shoe experience to someone.
The voucher value is redeemable on the day you visit us or online.
CAN I PREBOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
We advise all fittings are booked in advance to ensure you can secure you desired date and time, we're often fully booked 3-4 weeks in advance on peak dates and weekends so recommend you take this into account when considering booking.
WHAT DOES A FITTING APPOINTMENT ENTAIL?
We like to welcome all our guests with a complimentary drink, we have booze, gins, all the coffees, all the teas... this is all part of getting into 'the mindset of choice' - we are going to design some shoes from over 2 million possible combinations, after all.
We then start things off with the fitting. As we take the important measurements, we offer lots of education about the different styles and of course what we're looking for when it comes to the perfect fit. We can also offer advice on what style would suit his feet best.
Once the fitting is done, it's the fun part! Choosing your style, a colour (or colours) a texture, finish, leather, suede, textiles, what sole, monogram, shine intensity and more... don't worry if you're not creative, we'll piece it all together on a big screen so you can see what they will look like and we like to think we know what will look good too; so we will help.
The final part is the after care. We'll talk you through and show him how to best maintain his new creations in order to keep them looking beautiful for many years to come. We will also offer reassurances in terms of our restoration services for future.
HOW LONG IS THE APPOINTMENT?
Our fitting appointments are typically 60 minutes long depending if you come with an idea of styles and design or come totally open minded.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Our flagship studio is based in in County Durham. The studio is based in the beautiful Ushaw College. This October, we are launching our second studio in Leeds City Centre as we bring you 'the rooftops' studio experience in the heart of the City Centre. You can book Leeds here.
DO I HAVE TO VISIT TO BUY SHOES?
No, you can order online simply by adding any of our Ready to Wear range straight to your basket and checking out. If you're looking for something more bespoke you can use our online shoe customiser to design your own pair.
We aren't a normal shoe shop and are always on hand if you need to drop us a message to discuss your order or any size enquiries you may have.
DO YOU OFFER VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS?
We can also arrange a virtual appointment, where we can share knowledge and expertise using the power of Zoom all whilst you sit in the comfort of your own home or office. If you have ordered before we will have your sizing on file and there are ways we can work out your fitting remotely too.
Set in former University offices at Old Shire Hall, Hotel Indigo will welcome you to a world of Victorian luxury. Brass etchings line the lobby walls, marble tiles adorn the floors and stain glass dapples the light in the Rotunda Bar. Bespoke prints and textiles furnish elegant guest rooms, where you can drift off or recharge with a Nespresso coffee. Visit Hotel Indigo, to find out more about their offerings.
Hotel Indigo. 9 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL
Outside the unique boutique hotel, you can take a stroll around Durham City Centre to explore the historic cobbled streets and cathedral by day or enjoy the buzzing bars and clubs through the narrow lanes by night. To find out more about Durham's attractions visit this is Durham.
DINING AND DRINNKING
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Bar is located on the first floor of the hotel and open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Desert (from 6:30am 'til 11pm). MPW offers a range of English favourites and French classics and as a guest of Hand Dyed Shoe Co. you'll get an exclusive 20% off your evening bill and breakfast at £10pp.
Rotunda Bar is located by the reception, open all day offering a range of tapas, exclusive wines and boutique beers.
Tinderbox Espresso Emporium is open all day with a snacks counter and barista brewed coffee and artisan open sandwiches.
Your room will include the use of the high definition TV, work desk with lamp, hair dryer, bathrobe, mini refrigerator, air conditioning, iron and ironing board and crib available upon request.
Hotel Indigo has Superfast Wifi in all rooms; a health and fitness centre available for use 24/7 and dry cleaning collection available at an extra charge.
Hotel Indigo offer onsite parking (dependent on availability) at a rate of £16 per 24hours, alternatively there is on street parking located just outside the hotel, which is free 6pm-8am and £1.80 per hour outside of these times. Hand Dyed Shoe Company offers free parking on the Ushaw Estate, where you are welcome to leave your car overnight and use a taxi service into the City Centre.
CAN I STAY MORE THAN ONE NIGHT?
Absolutely. Just select 2 nights in the booking form above or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to stay more than 2 nights and we will make the arrangements for you.