Hi, my name is Jason Mansell and I am qualified surgical chiropodist / podiatrist and surgical shoe maker. I own Isle of Wight Feet and run my practice and shop from my premises in Cross Street, Shanklin on the Isle of Wight
Since qualifying as a chiropodist in 2000, I have been steadily building my domiciliary and surgery practice since October 2002 and I opened my shop in 2008. During the quiet periods I have been lucky enough to learn a valuable new skill.
I was already friendly with Kevin Garlic, a shoemaker with international recognition, but Kevin introduced me to a retired Surgical Fitter (also in Ventnor) who made his first pair of shoes at the age of fourteen! Pete Cortesi made shoes, collars, belts, calipers etc for four hospitals in the south of England and ran more than one shoe repair shop for over thirty-five years on the Island.
Pete (real name Pietro) is sadly no longer with us but he has taught me some valuable traditional skills. Bespoke leather insoles and cork-raised soles were Pete’s favourite challenges.