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All our work—from design to a ready pair—is done by hand, in keeping with the tradition handed down by craftsmen from generation to generation

SEE HOW WE MAKE SHOES

HAND-SEWN SHOES:
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

In hand-sewn shoes, the sole is attached to the insole and upper by stitching, not gluing. In our workshop, we do it by hand, using an awl and twine twisted by the shoemaker.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF SEWN SHOES OVER GLUED SHOES?
Stitches work, producing a flexible and exceptionally durable construction. Additionally, stitching guarantees a longer lifetime of the shoe, as it enables the sole and heel to be repaired multiple times or replaced altogether.

ARE SEWN SHOES COMFORTABLE?
At first, sewn shoes may seem stiffer than glued shoes. However, natural leathers used for the sole eventually soften from walking and moisture, and adjust to the foot. A leather shoe breathes, making the foot sweat less and get less tired.

ARE SEWN SHOES VISIBLY DIFFERENT FROM GLUED SHOES?
There is no rule. Some techniques produce a visible stitch in the sole edge (e.g. hand welt stitch, pearl stitch), while in others the stitch is not seen (hidden welt, plain welt). With Blake stitching, it is possible to have a sole as thin and discreet as in glued shoes.

ARE ALL SEWN SHOES HAND-MADE?
No. There are techniques of machine sewing, e.g. the Goodyear welt, similar to the craft method of welt stitching. With machine production, however, it is impossible to fit the shoe shape exactly to the wearer’s foot.

WHAT ARE BESPOKE SHOES?
Bespoke shoes, available in our workshop, provide the best fit to the individual customer’s needs. This is only made possible thanks to personalised handiwork. It includes making shoes to measure, based on a last made to fit the individual foot, as well as designing the look, and selecting the leathers and details such as toe shape and sole stitch.

WHY ARE SEWN SHOES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN GLUED SHOES?
Thanks to their timeless classic look, hand-made shoes have been the epitome of elegance for decades. The process consists of about 200 operations, requires years of practice and is time-consuming. The techniques that we use have been handed down by Warsaw-based craftsmen for generations.

See our guide to shoe styles and types of sole stitches