Claire Best is an experienced shoe maker based in Melbourne. Her footwear is designed and made by hand, with an emphasis on quality materials, craftsmanship, contemporary design and innovation. All aspects of production take place in her Brunswick workshop, and each pair of shoes are made to order.
Claire has taught a variety of short courses at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) and Third Drawer Down, for would be shoe makers and leather craft enthusiasts alike. She is now a tutor of Footwear short courses at the RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles in Brunswick.
Claire has been exhibited as part of 'Melbourne Now' at NGV International, and her ‘Painted Derby’ shoes have since been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria for their permanent collection of fashion and textiles.
Claire has also recently been commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum (MAAS) in Sydney for their permanent footwear collection. Her ‘Gusset Brogue Boots’ were exhibited as part of ‘Recollect: Shoes’ in 2015. More recently her work has been shown NGV Ian Potter as part of '200 Years of Australian Fashion' in 2016.