Shoes & history
Shoes are any clothing accessory or part of clothing, which is intended to cover and isolate the foot from different surfaces, environments and weather conditions. Our ancestors created their shoes more than 30,000 years ago, their intention was to provide protection and comfort to the feet during their daily activities. Far from then and now, the shoes are manufactured through two processes, although they have common bases today, they are different; these processes can be: industrial or handmade. In our case, we rely on the knowledge and mastery honed over years of dedication of the artisanal process used by our shoemakers.
First, let's get familiar with the artisanal process!
We need to have the last to use:
Formerly this was done by hand based on trial and error, in a traditional way and following patterns, that with experience the manufacturer was mastering over the time. Today, thanks in part to technological and scientific advances, there are standard last prototypes, that can be used with different shapes and made of different materials that are more suitable for each component of the shoe lining.
The Designer and his/her creativity....
At this stage, the designer must draw what kids would wear on their feet (can be by hand or choose to use a drawing software in a computer), depending on who you ask, this could be the easiest job, or the hardest part in the process. The designer draws the shoes and works with the owner/developers of the shoes factory to make the perfect prototypes. Keeping up with creativity, trends, colour and knowing what's in fashion are important skills.
Pattern Molding, the art begins
The specialist (modeler) must have knowledge of the anatomy of the foot to "frame" the aesthetic lines of the design in the correct place. The modeler solves and develops the molds on paper or carton for each of the pieces: vamp, cap, tongue, and quarters that will make up the shoe following the design and patroon made by the designer.
Pattern Cutting, Marking & Clicking
The Cutter is a highly skilled person with the required talent to cut the designed patroon on the chosen materials with which the pieces will be made, these can be canvas, leather, synthetics, textiles, among others, turn them into the beginning of a bespoke shoe; marking the fillings with a pencil, also position them in the material depending on the piece and function. At this stage, the cutter must respect the size and shape that will give to the shoes so that it has the quality of adapting to the kids feet, and must ensure that the pieces do not stretch in the following steps in the process.
Sewing the pieces, the time has come, an art
At this stage, we will have pieces of upper part piece and lining piece. The Cutter gives the last, cutted patterns, and cutted materials to the shoe seamstress. It is precisely in this stage where everything makes sense: the seamstress is responsible to stitch the loose pieces of the chosen materials together to form the finished uppers.
Assembling the Shoe with care, love and detail
The assembler is the one who assembles the shoe on the last, cuts the excess material and embellishes the shoe, he really adds a unique aesthetic value of the shoe. In this stage of assembling a shoe, the cutted y sewed pieces together with the lining will begin to take shape on the last, the same based last used as model during the design, molding and cutting stage (it never must be changed during the first and final process stage). At the end, each shoe is passed through the ovens, which are in charge of stabilizing the lasts. The Assembler is also responsible for quality inspections. The secret of this artisanal method of assembly is that the contour of the shoe must be as smooth as possible.
Sole-finished and glue
After the shoe has gone through the ovens and is stabilized and depending on the selected material as base of the shoe, the sole-finishing operator will carry out a specific method of cleaning, treatment and placement of the correct glue for each case. Then he settles with a hammer and cuts off the excess, according to the chosen sole as base. In a good sole, there should be no gaps or much glue between the leather/synthetic material and the sole, nor should the sole be marked or dented. Finally, glue and nail the dowel if the model requires it. The sole should always be smooth, burr-free and uniform. This is synonymous of a correct sanding and painting on both the base and the lateral edges of the sole.
Packaging and Socklinning and ready to meet you
This is the final process of the shoe manufacturing process, where the last steps are taken to finish it. The specialist paints the edges of the leather/synthetic/textile etc, with specific inks to unify colours with the lining, she can nail studs, burn protruding threads, put latex or Eva rubber drops on the assembly socklinning, glues the sight template, cleans dirt, puts ointments and creams on the leather/synthetic to nourish it, beautify it and polishes. Only here are the shoes removed from the last, tissue paper buns are placed inside so that the shoes do not lose its shape, they are ready to be stored in their box and finally put on sale.
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