How did you catch the shoe virus? Why and when did you decide to be a shoemaker?
The shoe virus first infected me when I was eighteen, in Switzerland, where I saw and bought fantastic shoes. I first felt there and then that I fell in love with shoes.
Did you have a Mentor? Who had the greatest influence on choosing your career?
I have been trading shoes for thirty years. I have had shoes manufactured in several countries of the world.
Hungary has a long tradition in shoemaking. Why are Hungarians so fond of shoes? How would you describe the Hungarian shoes style?
As far as I know Hungary has had 180-200 years of history in shoe-making. Obviously this has something to do with the fact.
The style of Hungarian shoes: high-quality materials, artisanal technology and not following the variable fashion.
What are the biggest challenges of nowadays shoemaking in Hungary?
In Hungary, like anywhere in the world, the greatest challenge is the lack of professionals.
What materials do you buy from Hungary and what are sourced outside Hungary?
What memories do you have of your first order?
The key elements of a good shoe would be…
What is your favorite Buday last and why?
Of course the Budapester is my favourite last, it never goes out of fashion.
How many artisans do you currently have at Buday?
In bespoke shoemaking is the customer always right?
As far as bespoke shoes are concerned, the customer is always right, nobody is interested in my opinion.
What golden advice you both have for an apprentice dreaming of becoming a bespoke shoemaker?
What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
The best part of my profession: I love admiring a pair of well-made, special shoes for a long time and it makes me happy to recall the work phases.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
What was the most challenging project so far?
It must be the one we have now: Buday Shoes.
What shoe would you like to make in the future that you have not yet made?
I remember a book from my childhood: Gulliver in the Land of Lilliput. With my mind’s eyes I can still see Gulliver’s shoes as I saw them in the picture book. I would be glad to make them, I’m sure we will!
What shoe style do you prefer the most?
I always love the most any well-made pair of shoes, I’m not especially attached to any model or last.
What are your favorite places to spend your evenings?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
„It is not possible”
What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
What turns you off?
I am disappointed by dumbness and defeatism.
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or a noise do you love?
I love the soft murmur of the sea, the humming of the forest, the birds’ early morning song and my mother-in-law’s continuous chirrup.
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?