Shoemaker in Kyrenia

Fehmi Ismail is famous in the town of Kyrenia for his fine handcrafted leather shoes. Production takes place in his own little shop. Although Ismail Cem is 90 years old, it is still full speed ahead for him. Shoes are the perfect excuse to sit and talk to people passing by on the street all day. The handmade shoes are arranged in polished perfection displayed in the window. Fehmi Ismail keeps smiling at two pairs of shiny shoes as we photograph. He talks about his 41 years in London where he worked for the famous shoe manufacturer John Lobb, who has produced the finest handmade men’s shoes and boots since 1849.

A pair of handmade shoes in Fehmi Ismail’s shop costs around 450 pounds. The same kind of handmade shoes produced by John Lobb in London cost over 2000 pounds.

If you have shoes that need repairing, you can bring them here. To contact Fehmi call: 0548 880 3059 or email him: He speaks very good English.







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Maria likes to express her-self in both image and text. Having previously lived and worked in Australia specializing in wedding and portrait photography. Maria desires to see and experience new and interesting places with new eyes, and therefore is often on the move. On trips she brings inspiration and ideas for image making. Recently, Maria worked with property photography for various brokerage firms in Sweden. Since March 2014, she resides in North Cyprus.