Cloth Slides August 04, 2016 12:11
We grew up watching a lot of traditional patterns on cloths, We believe those designs are beautiful so we decided to apply them to footwear, Using a simple quilted padding design, we developed these slides.
The Footbed is constructed with molded natural cork with a soft suede lining made in Spain to ensure comfort, the sandal is complemented with an outsole made of ixtle (a vegetable fiber obtained from Maguey) and vulcanized natural rubber to ensure durability.
Styled on this editorial with 11 By Boris Bidjan, FUCT SSDD, Levis, Muji and simple GAP t-shirts
All Natural February 16, 2016 20:10
Our belief in sustainable and ethically made products has led us to develop a shoe made entirely of natural materials. In our research and experience with shoemaking we've found that Leather is one of the most sustainable and durable materials. Our leather is obtained as a secondary material from the food industry, and is tanned in pits with natural bark making it extremely durable.
The upper of the shoe is made completely chemically free. The insole and footbed are also vegetable tanned leather, ridding it of any environmentally harsh practices.
Here's a little description of the shoemaking process for this all natural style.
Once we cut the 3mm thick leather, all parts of the shoe are stitched together to form the upper. We last the upper by hand and let the shoes rest and stretch for 72 hours creating a firm shape only found with handmade footwear. Then we attach a midsole made of natural plantation crepe and stitch it to the insole and upper of the shoe making them one. As we add more crepe to the midsole, this creates a durable and practically impossible to tear base of the shoe. The excess of the outsole is trimmed and sanded by hand, (the trimmed remains and the dust is recycled to make more outsole or adhesive). We then clean and pack the shoes in recycled cardboard boxes.
The whole process takes more than 5 days of production from cutting to packaging. Making a truly handcrafted pair of shoes with natural materials takes time and patience, but we know that it will last much longer than a mass produced, and environmentally harsh built shoe. Did we mention that these shoes can be resoled?!! The patina you will build will last for years to come! And once the shoes life comes to an end, it will degrade naturally because of the natural materials we used to from the beginning.
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The "Punto Marcado" Technique January 12, 2016 12:59 117 Comments
The "Punto Marcado" Technique
Punto Marcado is an Old Technique used in Mexico to embellish and secure the stitches on the welt that joins the welt to the Midsole or Outsole in the case of these western boots. Each stitch is hand tooled in this meticulous process that requires a high level of skills from the artisan. Only a few old school master boot makers still use this technique in Mexico, we are so lucky to have people in our workshop that helped us to preserve this beautiful technique dated from the very first western boot makers.
Wmns summer shoes May 11, 2015 10:58 231 Comments
We are very happy to introduce our first woman style, made of pure Vegetable tanned leather, it's based on a vintage cycling shoe, and it's ready to keep your feet fresh and comfortable this summer.
The art of man made embroidery April 30, 2015 09:55 1 Comment
The western embroidery has its origin on the classic western boots, It was used at the beginning to make a difference among the wearers. In Mexico this is a very popular way to embellish a boot, it's made by hand by our skilled stitcher Raul in the traditional way. Most of this kind of embroidery is made by computer this days, sure it's faster, but we prefer to preserve the artisanal ways that make this kind of work a unique thing.
The process starts pouring chalk over the vamp to guide the needle, the stitching needs to bee very precise and also take care of not to erase the chalk with the hand.
After the embroidery is finished, a thin rope is placed in the back of the embroidery to make a more pronounced surface on the vamp.
Artisan made Vegetable tanned leather April 20, 2015 09:27
FUCT SSDD X Unmarked March 12, 2015 16:27 1 Comment
Our most recent release from the collaboration with Japanese Fuct SSDD, fully handmade in our Workshop in "Old Mexico"