Bespoke Leather Shoes
Our commitment is to offer to our clients the best products and experiences and we are happy to announce the launch of a new product line with bespoke shoes, made in collaboration with Valentin Frunza, world renowned shoemaker from Moldovia.
Making shoes is storytelling, and the client is always the main character. Starting from taking measurement, the client will be lead through out a vast range of leather types, leather colors, models, and fits. The master is always by his side, advising and, if necessary a prototype sample is made (a test fitted shoe), which the client can try on and get a better feeling of the final result.
Shoes are made in a traditional way, which means sewing the upper part to the sole by a welt – this is how the best shoes in world are crafted, providing a flawless classic look. Thus shoes can be worn several years without changing their shape or deteriorating.
Manual operations are important – the result depends solely on the mastery of the artisan; in this case he has no paint brush, but a needle and other specific tools. Valentin started to use some new ones, but at the same time he has revived the old tools forgotten in his father’s shop. Afterwards he completely gave up plastic, cardboard and synthetics which he replaced with bend – a vegetable processed leather used for soles, which is tanned by using tannin absorbed from oak bark. The entire shoe making process lasts for at least one month, and the cordwainer is helped by two journeymen.
Natural leather processed in various ways is the only material used for classic shoes. Soft leather, usually calfskin, is preferred for the upper part; “box calf” is the best leather. However, Valentin advises his clients to choose crocodile skin for shoes that look the same 20 years later, considering that it is not only beautiful, but also long lasting.