8.03.2021

MAKING HUSBANDS #2 : THE SHOES

 

Our shoes are made in a workshop founded in 1972 in Montegranaro, an Italian town in the province of Fermo from a region called Marches. For more than 50 years, it has been producing some of the most beautiful shoes for the most famous houses. It is a family business, today run by two brothers, the founder’s great-grandchildren.

 

THE HAND

The hand of the craftsman is at the centre of the shoes’ construction. The Montegranaro factory has maintained an artisanal approach to the assembly of its shoes. The craftsmen cut each piece of leather and assemble the sole by hand. The factory is known for offering one of the most beautiful blake stitching in Italy. This process, which is not automated, ensures a clean and regular stitching of the sole.

 

THE MATERIAL

The choice of leather used is of great importance. A wide variety of leathers is used: box-calf, kid leather, patent calf. Each hide is selected by hand. The yoke of the leather pieces requires know-how and care, as each part is chosen to meet precise specifications. Some moccasins are made of goatskin to give them a particular softness and texture. However zip-up boots are made of box-calf, a full grain leather, smooth and very sturdy. All the leathers used come from traditional tanneries from southern France to northern Italy.

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craftsman in front of wooden lasts, 2020

craftsman in front of wooden lasts, 2020

assembly workshop of the zipped boots, 2020

assembly workshop of the zipped boots, 2020

work plan of a craftsman, 2020

work plan of a craftsman, 2020

workbench with leather cuts and patterns, 2020

workbench with leather cuts and patterns, 2020

Craftsman showing the wooden sole of a shoe, 2020

Craftsman showing the wooden sole of a shoe, 2020

workbench used by a carftsman to cut leather, 2020

workbench used by a carftsman to cut leather, 2020