Choice of Materials - Experience true freedom in designing shoes
While visiting the MADE TO ORDER section on our website, we encourage our customers to cultivate their individual preferences with an open mind. The result is a custom experience in the most real sense of the concept, in that it reflects an honest exchange of perspectives between the customer and us.
We have partnered with various suppliers and factories to enable our customers to get specific when it comes to making a shoe of their will. We have choices aplenty in leather, suede, velvet, and fabric to allow one to get into their creative best. Let's look at what we have to offer.
Leather is an essential building block of any shoe, and its production is a process that requires a masterful skill. The following rule of thumb holds for all quality men's shoes: High-quality leather requires processing. And this comes, naturally, at a price. Roughly 47 percent of the production costs involved in making a men's shoe is due to the costly raw material.
The calf tanneries come from Northwest Spain, Germany, and Italy.
The types of leather below represent a full array of leather skins. They are all used in luxury shoe production, and they differ from the "look" and "texture" point of view.
Painted Calf Leather
Hand-Painted crust calf leather enables artisans to paint the pieces with special creams and brushes. The look is very artisanal. The source is Conceria Tolio from Italy (same crust material used by Santoni, Berlutti, Andres Sendra, among many others). Learn more about Conceria Tolio on https://conceriatolio.com/storia/. Raw leathers are then hand-painted by our artisans.
Besides the "plain" Painted Calf leather, we also offer it engraved with different textures, like full-grain or pebble grain.
Box Calf Leather
Hides of calves are used to make quality leather shoes. Box calf is known for its fineness, flexibility, and grain. Box Calf leathers are hand-painted by our artisans.
Also called "Suede" or "Lux Suede." This leather is from the underside of the animal hide; as a result, it is softer, and more supple and can have the appearance of a "furry nap."
Kid Suede is the softest, velvety suede leather type which comes from young goat skins. The skins are pretty small, which increases the price of leather (consumption per pair). It has a more refined finish with a lower grain on the surface.
Polished calf refers to rectified grain calf, eliminating any skin imperfections. The look is not as natural as a regular, plain full-grain, but the look is very good, luxurious. This type of leather is quite expensive because of the post-production processes that it needs at the tannery. Polished Calf Leathers are hand-painted by our artisans.
The surface is treated to create a highly glossy, shiny appearance.
Lightweight, supple leather made up of the outermost layer of a hide, and the surface is buffed to give the grain a light velvety finish called a "nap."
We offer a full array of sartorial fabrics, flannels, and velvets. Sartorial patterns like Tweed, Plaid, Tartan, Herringbone, Leopard, etc.
As you can see, the result of mixing these sartorial materials with classic hand-painted leather in a shoe can be truly astonishing.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go to our MADE TO ORDER section and unleash your creative best to design something that truly represents your personality.