We are proud to have our shoes made in Southern Europe in a small family-run factory that specialises in the making of children's shoes. Shoemaking has become a family tradition since the family business started in the 1960s and skills have been handed down generations. The whole family is involved in the business: the grandfather is the head of the company, the father is involved in the cutting process, together with other employees the mother sews the uppers, the son is responsible for the marketing and the uncle for the accounting...
In a world where most shoes are produced in huge factories in the Far East, we are proud to support the small remaining shoemaking industry in Southern Europe. As the majority of us have lost the value of real shoemaking and ignore how much work and handicraft is put into a good quality pair of shoes, we hope you will enjoy a little insight into our traditional shoemaking!
After presentation of our shoe designs and drawings, the pattern designer will digitalise our designs and produce various cardboard patterns for the new style of shoes: A pattern for the sole (the bottom part of the shoe), the insole (the internal part of the shoe that is placed directly under the foot), the outsole (the layer that directly touches the ground), the heel (the bottom back part) and the elaborate upper (the part that holds the shoe on the foot).
The pattern pieces then move to the cutting department where the right leather is chosen for the upper and lining sections. The patterns are placed on the leather and the shapes cut out by hand by skilled craftsmen with lethally sharp knives. The difficulty lies in trying to cut out as many parts as possible from the expensive leather material, while avoiding natural flaws like scratches from barbed wire. We choose high quality leather sourced from Europe.
The leather pieces are now marked to indicate how they should be stitched together and chalk lines are drawn for decorative stitching. The leather pieces are pierced with decorative holes, punched and wedged for eyelets, buckles and other closures. All coverings of the shoe are now assembled by stitchings through a sewing machine and fitted with the lining, in order to create a finished upper.
Now that the leather upper has been assembled, it will be reinforced at the toe and heel region to harden the leather and give more protection to the foot. The upper is then stretched over different lasts and forced with heat into a shape, so that the back part is moulded, such as the front part and the sides. The upper holds in place on the last by being attached to an insole. The upper now has the shape of a shoe.
Is the process that involves putting the upper and the outsole together. The bottom edges of the lasted upper and the outsole have to be roughened in order to later obtain a good bond. Both are coated with adhesive and allowed to dry so that the water of the solvent can evaporate. Finally upper and sole are bonded using heat to reactivate the adhesive, and pressure to fuse the two layers of adhesive together.
The last is now removed from the shoe and final cutting, trimming, cleaning, and polishing of the shoe is done. Leather insoles are inserted; laces and buckles will now finalise the shoe. After a final quality check, our shoes are boxed and labelled, and are ready for shipping!